Industry Leaders Form TV Linux Alliance

ACTV, ATI Technologies, Broadcom Corporation, Concurrent Computer Corporation,

Conexant, Convergence Integrated Media, DIVA, Excite@Home, iSurfTV, Liberate

Technologies, Lineo, MontaVista, Motorola, nCUBE, OpenTV, Pace Micro

Technology, Qpass, ReplayTV, STMicroelectronics, Sun Microsystems, TiVo,

Trintech, TV Gateway and WorldGate Align to Bring Linux to Digital Cable

Set-Tops as a Means to Speed the Development and Deployment of Robust Software

Solutions With Lower Development Costs



Jun 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from TV Linux Alliance

    CHICAGO, NCTA Show, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Industry leaders today
 announced the formation of the TV Linux Alliance, which will define a
 standards-based Linux environment for the digital set-top box market.
 Twenty-four leading technology suppliers to cable, satellite, and
 telecommunications operators have allied to produce Linux standards designed
 to improve time-to-market and product robustness in the advanced set-top box
 market.
     The alliance will define a standard application programming interface
 (API) that will simplify the implementation of TV middleware and device
 drivers for the Linux operating environment, allowing network operators to
 select from a variety of vendors whose offerings are interoperable with the
 common API.  The alliance plans to capitalize on Linux designs already
 underway among various founders and harmonize early work across the industry
 to ensure that Linux is delivered to the digital set-top under a common
 framework of evolving standards-based specifications.  Linux is a proven,
 stable, and robust open source operating system with a strong developer
 community, making it an intelligent choice for network operators,
 infrastructure providers, and hardware manufacturers.
     "The alliance will provide network operators with a standardized offering
 from the Linux community for digital TV set-tops," said Yankee Group analyst
 Adi Kishore.  "A common solution built around a single framework will reduce
 the integration issues that result in lengthy deployment time-frames for
 advanced interactive applications, as well as middleware solutions and set-top
 boxes."
     This single, standard API will help suppliers bring technologies to market
 more quickly, while competing on software implementations supporting a common
 API.  As a result, the alliance expects this new standard to:
 
     --  Provide a wider variety of set-top box software technologies
         delivering a stable operating environment with decreased development
         costs.
     --  Leverage open solutions and build upon the work of software developers
         worldwide.
     --  Shorten time to market for chipset and middleware vendors and ease
         integration of advanced set-top applications.
     --  Support implementation of industry television standards such as
         CableLabs' OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP), Digital Video
         Broadcast's Multimedia Home Platform (DVB-MHP), and other middleware
         specifications.
 
     Broadband operators will benefit from lower operating system and
 development costs, more rapid device driver support for new hardware features,
 fewer repeated tasks in porting middleware solutions, and easier porting of
 additional new interactive applications -- all of which can help them deliver
 the latest advanced interactive services more quickly and less expensively.
     Chipset manufacturers will benefit by the availability of a clear roadmap
 for supplying Linux-based device driver support, and can expect shorter
 time-to-market for their API-enabled hardware solutions.  Middleware vendors
 will benefit from more efficient and easier porting of middleware solutions
 and integration of interactive applications.
     "The world of digital television is rapidly changing and the formation of
 this alliance will ensure that network operators have access to a solid
 offering set from the Linux community for digital TV set-tops," said Jerry
 Krasner, executive director, Electronics Market Forecasters
 (www.electronic-forecast.com).  "No single company has been able to own the
 digital TV market.  The talents and technologies of these companies rallying
 around a single framework for a robust Linux solution should keep competition
 at the operating system layer thriving while insuring that advanced
 interactive applications and middleware providers along with set-top
 manufacturers can get solutions to market more quickly."
     The new Linux specification developed by alliance members is expected to
 be available later this year.  Parties that are interested in tracking the
 progress of the TV Linux Alliance or in accessing resulting specifications
 should visit www.TVLinuxAlliance.org.  A listing of all participating TV Linux
 Alliance members and their press contacts can be found at
 www.TVLinuxAlliance.org.
 
                               TV LINUX ALLIANCE
                    Supporting Quotes from Alliance Founders
 
     "ACTV has been a long-time creator of platform agnostic interactive
 television solutions.  We are excited to be a part of the Linux Alliance, as
 it works to create an industry wide standard, allowing operators to select
 from a variety of interoperable applications for interactive and enhanced
 media."
 
     Kevin Liga, Chief Technology Officer, ACTV
 
 
     "ATI already has substantial experience developing Linux set-top boxes for
 several customers and this common framework will allow us to leverage our
 solutions more rapidly while at the same time allowing for differentiation in
 the market.  ATI shares a common vision with the Alliance and we are pleased
 to promote and contribute our expertise as a world leader in the supply of
 graphics, video and multimedia solutions in this area to an effort that will
 realize great benefits for the industry as a whole."
 
     David Gould, Director of Software Marketing, ATI Technologies
 
 
     "We're pleased to be a founding member of the TV Linux Alliance working to
 define a standard API for Linux-based interactive TV applications.  Conexant's
 family of high-performance set-top box ICs will enable OEMs to deploy low cost
 Linux-based boxes into the highest volume mainstream markets."
 
     Stephen Blake, Vice President of Consumer Products, Conexant Digital
     Infotainment Division
 
 
     "We are excited about the TV Linux Alliance.  TV Linux provides another
 option for operators, offering them an open architecture that can support
 multiple ITV applications.  Concurrent looks forward to participating in the
 TV Linux Alliance."
 
     Fred Allegrezza, Vice President Business Development, Concurrent Computer
     Corporation
 
 
     "The TV Linux alliance is a continuation of our efforts to promote open
 standards in the video-on-demand and iTV arena.  We firmly believe the TV
 Linux alliance will make it easier for video-on-demand and iTV companies to
 port their applications to digital set-top boxes.  We are pleased to be
 joining other industry leaders in moving the market forward."
 
     Michael Rose, Vice President of Business Development, DIVA
 
 
     "The much-anticipated wide-scale deployment of interactive television
 depends in large measure on industry acceptance of open standards, such as TV
 Linux.  iSurfTV is dedicated to supporting open standards and we look forward
 to working other leading companies to help define this new standard."
 
     Gene Feroglia, President and Chief Executive Officer, iSurfTV
 
 
     "Liberate is thrilled to be a founding member of the TV Linux Alliance
 because it's a way for the industry to promote open standards and help bring
 the power of Linux to the world of digital television.  Liberate has been a
 champion of open standards since our inception and we believe the alliance is
 an important initiative in offering network operators expanded choice and
 flexibility."
 
     Mitchell Kertzman, Chief Executive Officer, Liberate Technologies
 
 
     "As a leading embedded Linux systems software provider, we think that
 Linux can bring tremendous benefits to the digital television industry with
 faster development times, greater choice, more flexibility and lower costs.
 By helping to establish and participate in the TV Linux Alliance, Lineo is
 taking an active role in helping to drive change in the evolving television
 industry."
 
     Bryan Sparks, CEO and Founder, Lineo, Inc.
 
 
     "As a company powering the embedded revolution, we know the value that
 clear standards give to every embedded developer.  Engineering teams around
 the world are developing the next generation of set-top box technology, and
 this TV Linux alliance will help bring their new products to market not only
 more quickly, but cost-effectively as well."
 
     Jim Ready, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MontaVista Software
 
 
     "Motorola is proud to be part of this premier group of industry leaders
 developing and delivering an API standard.  Throughout our history, Motorola
 has committed itself to the development of open standards, because we have
 seen first-hand the value they deliver to the market -- increased competition,
 lower development costs, and more efficient use of resources -- all of which
 lead to faster time to market for the advanced broadband services that help
 drive adoption.  We are confident this new API standard developed by the TV
 Linux Alliance will deliver the same winning combination of benefits for
 operators; vendors; content developers; and ultimately, consumers."
 
     Carl McGrath, Vice President and General Manager, Motorola Broadband's
     DigiCable business unit
 
 
     "nCUBE embraces open standards.  It is the fastest means to significantly
 broadening the application base and revenue potential associated with digital
 cable services like VOD and PVR.  Historically, nCUBE has successfully
 interoperated with a wide array of advanced set-top box platforms across all
 network environments, and through this alliance, we look forward to building
 upon existing integration efforts with Linux-based set-top boxes."
 
     Michael Pohl, President, NCUBE
 
 
     "OpenTV is embracing the Linux operating system as part of maintaining
 solutions that lead the interactive television space and deliver complete,
 standards-based technology solutions."
 
     Vincent Dureau, Chief Technology Officer, OpenTV
 
 
     "Pace is delighted to be an active member of this alliance, working
 together with other world leading industry players in giving full endorsement
 to Linux as a totally viable option for digital TV operators."
 
     Tim Fern, Chief Technology Officer, Pace Micro Technology
 
 
     "Qpass is pleased to be one of the founding members of the TV Linux
 Alliance.  In collaboration with the industry-leading Alliance partners we
 look forward to assist in creating common APIs for the interactive television
 industry.  This initiative will also help accelerate the creation of
 compelling commerce applications for the iTV market."
 
     Chase Franklin, Chairman and CEO, Qpass
 
 
     "We are committed to Linux as a key element of our operating system
 strategy going forward.  A standards-based environment for the digital set-top
 box will help us avoid compatibility issues, bring products to market quickly,
 and stay focused on delivering real value to the consumer."
 
     Don Woodward, Principal Software Architect, ReplayTV
 
 
     "Sun has been committed to open standards for the digital television
 market which led to the adoption of Java technology in industry standards such
 as OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP), Advanced Television Systems
 Committee DTV Application Software Environment (ATSC-DASE) and Digital Video
 Broadcast Multimedia Home Platform (DVB-MHP).  This effort will serve to
 accelerate the implementation of open industry standards onto the Linux
 operating environment."
 
     Rich Green, Vice President and General Manager - Java Software,
     Sun Microsystems
 
 
     "As a leading innovator in the implementation of Linux for set-top
 environments, we are happy to lend our support by joining the TV Linux
 Alliance.  Our experience in providing consumers with a product that is
 stable, reliable and easy to use, makes our contribution to the TV Linux API
 valuable.  TiVo developed one of the first consumer applications of Linux over
 three years ago and we are proud to participate in an effort that will help
 proliferate open standards and make TiVo's service easy to implement on any
 set-top environment."
 
     Jim Barton, Chief Technology Officer, TiVo
 
 
     "Trintech are delighted to be one of the founding members of the TV Linux
 Alliance.  As a leading provider of payment systems globally, Trintech
 supports this open standard initiative which will aid the expansion of
 services and applications offered by cable operators to their subscribers."
 
     Trevor Healy, GM ePayments Group, Trintech
 
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SOURCE TV Linux Alliance
    CHICAGO, NCTA Show, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Industry leaders today
 announced the formation of the TV Linux Alliance, which will define a
 standards-based Linux environment for the digital set-top box market.
 Twenty-four leading technology suppliers to cable, satellite, and
 telecommunications operators have allied to produce Linux standards designed
 to improve time-to-market and product robustness in the advanced set-top box
 market.
     The alliance will define a standard application programming interface
 (API) that will simplify the implementation of TV middleware and device
 drivers for the Linux operating environment, allowing network operators to
 select from a variety of vendors whose offerings are interoperable with the
 common API.  The alliance plans to capitalize on Linux designs already
 underway among various founders and harmonize early work across the industry
 to ensure that Linux is delivered to the digital set-top under a common
 framework of evolving standards-based specifications.  Linux is a proven,
 stable, and robust open source operating system with a strong developer
 community, making it an intelligent choice for network operators,
 infrastructure providers, and hardware manufacturers.
     "The alliance will provide network operators with a standardized offering
 from the Linux community for digital TV set-tops," said Yankee Group analyst
 Adi Kishore.  "A common solution built around a single framework will reduce
 the integration issues that result in lengthy deployment time-frames for
 advanced interactive applications, as well as middleware solutions and set-top
 boxes."
     This single, standard API will help suppliers bring technologies to market
 more quickly, while competing on software implementations supporting a common
 API.  As a result, the alliance expects this new standard to:
 
     --  Provide a wider variety of set-top box software technologies
         delivering a stable operating environment with decreased development
         costs.
     --  Leverage open solutions and build upon the work of software developers
         worldwide.
     --  Shorten time to market for chipset and middleware vendors and ease
         integration of advanced set-top applications.
     --  Support implementation of industry television standards such as
         CableLabs' OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP), Digital Video
         Broadcast's Multimedia Home Platform (DVB-MHP), and other middleware
         specifications.
 
     Broadband operators will benefit from lower operating system and
 development costs, more rapid device driver support for new hardware features,
 fewer repeated tasks in porting middleware solutions, and easier porting of
 additional new interactive applications -- all of which can help them deliver
 the latest advanced interactive services more quickly and less expensively.
     Chipset manufacturers will benefit by the availability of a clear roadmap
 for supplying Linux-based device driver support, and can expect shorter
 time-to-market for their API-enabled hardware solutions.  Middleware vendors
 will benefit from more efficient and easier porting of middleware solutions
 and integration of interactive applications.
     "The world of digital television is rapidly changing and the formation of
 this alliance will ensure that network operators have access to a solid
 offering set from the Linux community for digital TV set-tops," said Jerry
 Krasner, executive director, Electronics Market Forecasters
 (www.electronic-forecast.com).  "No single company has been able to own the
 digital TV market.  The talents and technologies of these companies rallying
 around a single framework for a robust Linux solution should keep competition
 at the operating system layer thriving while insuring that advanced
 interactive applications and middleware providers along with set-top
 manufacturers can get solutions to market more quickly."
     The new Linux specification developed by alliance members is expected to
 be available later this year.  Parties that are interested in tracking the
 progress of the TV Linux Alliance or in accessing resulting specifications
 should visit www.TVLinuxAlliance.org.  A listing of all participating TV Linux
 Alliance members and their press contacts can be found at
 www.TVLinuxAlliance.org.
 
                               TV LINUX ALLIANCE
                    Supporting Quotes from Alliance Founders
 
     "ACTV has been a long-time creator of platform agnostic interactive
 television solutions.  We are excited to be a part of the Linux Alliance, as
 it works to create an industry wide standard, allowing operators to select
 from a variety of interoperable applications for interactive and enhanced
 media."
 
     Kevin Liga, Chief Technology Officer, ACTV
 
 
     "ATI already has substantial experience developing Linux set-top boxes for
 several customers and this common framework will allow us to leverage our
 solutions more rapidly while at the same time allowing for differentiation in
 the market.  ATI shares a common vision with the Alliance and we are pleased
 to promote and contribute our expertise as a world leader in the supply of
 graphics, video and multimedia solutions in this area to an effort that will
 realize great benefits for the industry as a whole."
 
     David Gould, Director of Software Marketing, ATI Technologies
 
 
     "We're pleased to be a founding member of the TV Linux Alliance working to
 define a standard API for Linux-based interactive TV applications.  Conexant's
 family of high-performance set-top box ICs will enable OEMs to deploy low cost
 Linux-based boxes into the highest volume mainstream markets."
 
     Stephen Blake, Vice President of Consumer Products, Conexant Digital
     Infotainment Division
 
 
     "We are excited about the TV Linux Alliance.  TV Linux provides another
 option for operators, offering them an open architecture that can support
 multiple ITV applications.  Concurrent looks forward to participating in the
 TV Linux Alliance."
 
     Fred Allegrezza, Vice President Business Development, Concurrent Computer
     Corporation
 
 
     "The TV Linux alliance is a continuation of our efforts to promote open
 standards in the video-on-demand and iTV arena.  We firmly believe the TV
 Linux alliance will make it easier for video-on-demand and iTV companies to
 port their applications to digital set-top boxes.  We are pleased to be
 joining other industry leaders in moving the market forward."
 
     Michael Rose, Vice President of Business Development, DIVA
 
 
     "The much-anticipated wide-scale deployment of interactive television
 depends in large measure on industry acceptance of open standards, such as TV
 Linux.  iSurfTV is dedicated to supporting open standards and we look forward
 to working other leading companies to help define this new standard."
 
     Gene Feroglia, President and Chief Executive Officer, iSurfTV
 
 
     "Liberate is thrilled to be a founding member of the TV Linux Alliance
 because it's a way for the industry to promote open standards and help bring
 the power of Linux to the world of digital television.  Liberate has been a
 champion of open standards since our inception and we believe the alliance is
 an important initiative in offering network operators expanded choice and
 flexibility."
 
     Mitchell Kertzman, Chief Executive Officer, Liberate Technologies
 
 
     "As a leading embedded Linux systems software provider, we think that
 Linux can bring tremendous benefits to the digital television industry with
 faster development times, greater choice, more flexibility and lower costs.
 By helping to establish and participate in the TV Linux Alliance, Lineo is
 taking an active role in helping to drive change in the evolving television
 industry."
 
     Bryan Sparks, CEO and Founder, Lineo, Inc.
 
 
     "As a company powering the embedded revolution, we know the value that
 clear standards give to every embedded developer.  Engineering teams around
 the world are developing the next generation of set-top box technology, and
 this TV Linux alliance will help bring their new products to market not only
 more quickly, but cost-effectively as well."
 
     Jim Ready, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MontaVista Software
 
 
     "Motorola is proud to be part of this premier group of industry leaders
 developing and delivering an API standard.  Throughout our history, Motorola
 has committed itself to the development of open standards, because we have
 seen first-hand the value they deliver to the market -- increased competition,
 lower development costs, and more efficient use of resources -- all of which
 lead to faster time to market for the advanced broadband services that help
 drive adoption.  We are confident this new API standard developed by the TV
 Linux Alliance will deliver the same winning combination of benefits for
 operators; vendors; content developers; and ultimately, consumers."
 
     Carl McGrath, Vice President and General Manager, Motorola Broadband's
     DigiCable business unit
 
 
     "nCUBE embraces open standards.  It is the fastest means to significantly
 broadening the application base and revenue potential associated with digital
 cable services like VOD and PVR.  Historically, nCUBE has successfully
 interoperated with a wide array of advanced set-top box platforms across all
 network environments, and through this alliance, we look forward to building
 upon existing integration efforts with Linux-based set-top boxes."
 
     Michael Pohl, President, NCUBE
 
 
     "OpenTV is embracing the Linux operating system as part of maintaining
 solutions that lead the interactive television space and deliver complete,
 standards-based technology solutions."
 
     Vincent Dureau, Chief Technology Officer, OpenTV
 
 
     "Pace is delighted to be an active member of this alliance, working
 together with other world leading industry players in giving full endorsement
 to Linux as a totally viable option for digital TV operators."
 
     Tim Fern, Chief Technology Officer, Pace Micro Technology
 
 
     "Qpass is pleased to be one of the founding members of the TV Linux
 Alliance.  In collaboration with the industry-leading Alliance partners we
 look forward to assist in creating common APIs for the interactive television
 industry.  This initiative will also help accelerate the creation of
 compelling commerce applications for the iTV market."
 
     Chase Franklin, Chairman and CEO, Qpass
 
 
     "We are committed to Linux as a key element of our operating system
 strategy going forward.  A standards-based environment for the digital set-top
 box will help us avoid compatibility issues, bring products to market quickly,
 and stay focused on delivering real value to the consumer."
 
     Don Woodward, Principal Software Architect, ReplayTV
 
 
     "Sun has been committed to open standards for the digital television
 market which led to the adoption of Java technology in industry standards such
 as OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP), Advanced Television Systems
 Committee DTV Application Software Environment (ATSC-DASE) and Digital Video
 Broadcast Multimedia Home Platform (DVB-MHP).  This effort will serve to
 accelerate the implementation of open industry standards onto the Linux
 operating environment."
 
     Rich Green, Vice President and General Manager - Java Software,
     Sun Microsystems
 
 
     "As a leading innovator in the implementation of Linux for set-top
 environments, we are happy to lend our support by joining the TV Linux
 Alliance.  Our experience in providing consumers with a product that is
 stable, reliable and easy to use, makes our contribution to the TV Linux API
 valuable.  TiVo developed one of the first consumer applications of Linux over
 three years ago and we are proud to participate in an effort that will help
 proliferate open standards and make TiVo's service easy to implement on any
 set-top environment."
 
     Jim Barton, Chief Technology Officer, TiVo
 
 
     "Trintech are delighted to be one of the founding members of the TV Linux
 Alliance.  As a leading provider of payment systems globally, Trintech
 supports this open standard initiative which will aid the expansion of
 services and applications offered by cable operators to their subscribers."
 
     Trevor Healy, GM ePayments Group, Trintech
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
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