French digital television operator Television Par Satellite (TPS) claims it is the world?s first television company to offer subscribers a range of interactive banking and financial services via a button on the remote control.
To make this possible TPS has loaded OpenTV EN software onto its subscriber?s digital receivers. No extra hardware is required.
Broadcast on FI la Chaine Financiere (channel 98), Credit Agricole TV allows subscribers to carry out current account transactions, including transferring funds and ordering cheque books. Vega Finance offers access to share prices on the Paris Bourse and the 1000 French managed investment funds, SICAVs. The system will soon support direct sales and purchase orders for investment funds and shares.
The financial newspaper Les Echos has also confirmed that it will shortly launch its own financial information service using OpenTV/TPS.
Alain Staron, TPS?s New Services Director said that OpenTV?s software was enabling the operator to make interactive television a reality to millions of users, without them investing in extra equipment.
Since April 1997 TPS has also been offering a number of other services using the software combined with a telephone service, including an illustrated, electronic programme guide, weather service and sports bulletin.
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