Oracle's Network Computer (NCI) division has won its first order for operating software for digital television, from Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC).
The telco will use the software as part of its #100 million bid to bring the Internet to its subscribers? television screens, integrating NCI?s DTV Navigator software into its national cable network.
Content providers will be able to beam their services to viewers using standard HTML and Java Script languages.
The deal is a coup for NCI, which is feeling the pinch from mainstream offerings from Microsoft. ?NCI actively sought us as a partner for its operating software. We did talk to Microsoft but it was unable to meet our timescales,? said a CWC representative, adding NCI was chosen because of its support for standard programming languages.
CWC will spend #100 million this year upgrading its infrastructure to offer digital television services from early next year. It expects to launch a limited service in the autumn, with services such as movies-on-demand, electronic programming guides to help users wade through 200 channels, plus Internet access.
During 1999, CWC expects to offers interactive education, plus home shopping and banking.
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