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
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.
"This is another important milestone for OpenTV in its support of
EchoStar's digital interactive offering," said Joel Hassell, OpenTV's senior
vice president and general manager of North American satellite. "We are
pleased to build yet another unique, reliable iTV service for DISH Network
that in turn dramatically enhances the value proposition and viewing pleasure
for their subscribers. The launch of EchoStar's new DISH Home channel
represents another step in solidifying our long-term collaborative
relationship and reinforces their position as one of the most progressive
interactive pay TV operators in North America."
OpenTV is one of the world's leading providers of technologies and
services enabling the delivery of digital and interactive television. Deployed
in over 57 million digital set-top-boxes in 96 countries, the company's
software enables a wide array of functionality, including enhanced television,
interactive shopping, interactive and addressable advertising, games and
gaming, personal video recording, and a variety of consumer care and
communication applications. For more information, please visit www.opentv.com.
EchoStar Communications Corporation serves more than 11 million satellite
TV customers through its DISH Network(TM), the fastest growing U.S. provider
of advanced digital television services in the last four years. DISH Network
offers hundreds of video and audio channels, Interactive TV, HDTV, sports and
international programming, together with professional installation and 24-hour
customer service. DISH Network ranks No. 1 in Customer Satisfaction among
Cable/Satellite TV Subscribers by J.D. Power and Associates. Visit EchoStar's
DISH Network at www.dishnetwork.com or call 800-333-DISH (3474).
SOURCE OpenTV Corp.