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OpenTV Posts Higher Revenues, Breaks Even

Interactive TV middleware and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, has released its second-quarter financial results: Combined revenues totaled $26.8 million, compared to $23 million for the year-ago quarter. Royalties and licenses revenues increased 29% to $18.2 million; while services and other revenues declined 3% to $8.6 million. Revenues from the company's Middleware Solutions segment totaled $23.5 million, compared to $20.2 million for the year-ago quarter. The segment's contribution margin was $8 million, compared to $4.5...

OpenTV News:

--Integrates Adobe's Flash Lite Software into its Middleware
--Teams with eventIS on End-to-End Cable VOD System
--Unveils "Next-Generation" Interface, OpenTV Core nX Interactive TV middleware and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, generated a fair amount of news at the IBC show in Amsterdam earlier this month: '

Ben Bennett, CEO of OpenTV

Ben Bennett was named CEO of OpenTV in March, after serving as the company's COO and acting CEO since August, 2007 (he has been at OpenTV since March, 2000). He recently spoke to [itvt]'s Tracy Swedlow about the three-phase strategy he is implementing, which, among other things, has seen OpenTV jettisoning a number of peripheral businesses in order to focus on its core middleware and advanced advertising offerings; about the company's ongoing efforts to penetrate...

Open IPTV Forum Expands its Membership

--Says it is Close to Unveiling First Release of its IPTV Specifications The Open IPTV Forum--an industry group that is attempting to bring
together telcos, consumer electronics manufacturers, and network
infrastructure providers, in order to develop specifications for an open,
end-to-end solution that will facilitate development and deployment of
interactive, personalized IPTV services (its founding members include
Ericsson, FT Group, Nokia Siemens, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung,
Sony and Telecom Italia)--says that it is close to unveiling the first
release of its specifications, and that it has significantly expanded its
membership. The new members are Access Company, BeeTV,

OpenTV Powering Foxtel's New HD PVR Service


Interactive TV software provider, OpenTV (note: voting control of the company was acquired last year by content-protection
specialist, the Kudelski Group--see [itvt] Issue 7.16 Part 1), says that it is powering a new HD PVR service for its existing customer,
Australian pay-TV provider, Foxtel (note: the latter has around 1.5
million subscribers on its cable and satellite systems). Dubbed
Foxtel iQ2, the new service is based on a quad-tuner set-top box
from Pace (see article in this issue) that provides close to twice the
recording capacity of Foxtel's existing iQ PVR service. The service
also employs NDS's XTV PVR technology (see article in this

OpenTV News:

--NBC Universal in Deal to Use Company's OpenTV Participate Platform

--Brazilian Cable Operator Taps Company to Power HD PVR Service

--Company's EclipsePlus Campaign Management Solution Now Available

--STMicroelectronics Joins Company's Rapid Porting Program

Interactive TV software provider, OpenTV (note: voting control of the
company was acquired last year by content-protection specialist, the
Kudelski Group), has...

Electra Entertainment Unveils its New Interactive TV Middleware

--OpenTV Holds Worldwide Rights to Market the Platform

--Electra Taps Pace Micro Co-Founder, Barry Rubery, as CEO

Last month, Electra Entertainment--a company that was founded in
early 2003 by Static 2358 founder, Jasper Smith, and former
Gemstar-TV Guide CTO, Jonathan Drazin--unveiled its new interactive
TV middleware platform. The company claims that the proprietary
middleware, which its says has been...

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