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. "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." About OpenTV 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. About EchoStar 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).
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