Network Computer (NCI) and Pace Micro Technology completed a hat-trick of digital cable TV contracts in the UK this week with the addition of Telewest to their customer list.
All three major UK cable companies - the others being Cable & Wireless Communications and NTL - have opted for a Pace set top box using NCI's Internet based software, rather than a broadcasting based platform.
NCI is an affiliate of Oracle and Netscape. NCI's product competes with Microsoft's WebTV set top box platform that has yet to appear commercially in the UK.
Using NCI's DTV Navigator software, Telewest said it will be able to offer digital TV, telephony, interactive services such as home shopping and high speed Internet access via one connection.
Telewest has ordered 100,000 set top boxes from Pace, with NCI's software. A trial will start by mid summer and a commercial digital cable service is expected to launch in the fourth quarter.
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