TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: OpenTV Builds Enhanced Home Portal Application for DISH Network

OpenTV Builds Enhanced Home Portal Application for DISH Network

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 30 Aug 2005 08:31:24 -0400

New DISH Home Delivers Six Channel Mosaic of Popular Networks With
Interactive Services

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OpenTV Corp.
(Nasdaq: OPTV), one of the world's leading providers of technologies
and services enabling the delivery of digital and interactive
television, announced today that it developed and integrated an
enhanced digital interactive application for EchoStar Communications
Corporation's (Nasdaq: DISH) DISH Network(TM). Available to all of
DISH Network's subscribers at channel 100, the new DISH Home channel
will allow viewers to simultaneously watch six video windows of
popular networks including CNN, The Weather Channel and E! displayed
on an attractive full-motion video background.

The OpenTV-developed service allows viewers to navigate through each
of the six video windows using the remote control's directional
arrows. As they navigate, the audio changes to correspond with the
currently highlighted video window. Full-screen video and audio
automatically appears when a network window is selected. Viewers can
access the wide selection of interactive services from the DISH Home
channel, including customer service, news, and shopping and games. In
addition, a text ticker allows EchoStar to provide up-to-the-minute
news and events.

The new DISH Home channel is configurable, enabling EchoStar to
refresh the six video services, interactive offerings, banner ads, and
background and text ticker with new content at any given time. For
example, DISH could swap out the six video windows with six different
video feeds of a single event and update the full-motion video
background to reflect the theme of the event.


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