Motorola is to port OpenTV?s operating system software to its Streamaster digital set top box, formally known by codename ?Blackbird?.
The OpenTV system software will be a standard configuration option to Motorola?s build to order and volume OEM platforms on the Streamaster set top box from the beginning of 2000. Motorola will pay OpenTV a per unit royalty for all systems shipped with the digital interactive television software.
The Streamaster architecture together with the OpenTV software will support interactive 3D graphics, Java, MPEG, IP telephony, digital video, hifi audio, Internet access, electronic commerce and broadband networking in a single unit.
?It will provide a more enjoyable interactive experience for the consumer,? said Jim Reinhart, general manager of media processing and platforms for Motorola, who said it had opted to go with OpenTV software because it is proven, tested and extremely adaptable.
OpenTV specialists in the development and delivery of interactive services and content to digital satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcasters. It is expected to deploy six million BSkyB subscribers in the UK and 1.8 million US Echostar subscribers in the near future.
The company currently claims to have more than 1.5 million homes using its platform for interactive TV outside the US.
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