PowerTV Announces Cost-Effective 'Internet Over TV' Interactive Application Bundle

Subscribers Will Conveniently Launch and Navigate Between Surf, E-Mail,

And Chat Applications From the Comfort of the Couch



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from PowerTV

    CUPERTINO, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Subscribers wishing to check
 e-mail while continuing to watch their favorite TV show or surfing the web
 will soon have an easy option for doing so, thanks to PowerTV.  Leveraging the
 widespread deployment of the PowerTV operating system software and the
 Scientific-Atlanta Explorer(R) and Pioneer Voyager(R) set-top platforms, the
 Internet bundle will combine PowerTV's SofaSURF(TM), SofaMAIL (R) and
 SofaCHAT(R) applications.  The bundle application is available for commercial
 deployment in 3rd quarter 2001.
     The cost-effective offering will enable cable operators to simultaneously
 rollout multiple applications, minimizing deployment costs while maximizing
 the interactive benefits to subscribers.
     Additional bundle benefits will include:
     *  Operates on installed headend server infrastructure hardware --
        available to set-tops via simple software download
     *  Supports "walled gardens" or full access to the Internet
     *  Versatile -- deploy entire suite or individual applications
 
     The solution will leverage the advantages of PowerTV's open-platform HTML
 middleware engine and industry-leading operating system.  The PowerTV software
 provides functionality to support multiple applications to execute
 concurrently on the subscriber's TV screen, in a similar way that multiple
 applications can be displayed and accessed on the PC.  For example, a
 subscriber can be watching TV and will be able to check their e-mail and surf
 the web, or join a chat room- all via the remote control or wireless keyboard.
     "Consumers have shown a remarkable ability to multitask using
 entertainment and information services.  PowerTV's new TV-centric services
 allow them to do this on the same screen," said Steve Necessary, CEO of
 PowerTV. "This new offering is an ideal vehicle for delivering the
 applications consumers want."
     The applications will be supported by the PowerTV operating system,
 deployed in over six million households today, in Scientific-Atlanta's
 existing Explorer 2000 and 3000 series of digital interactive set-tops and
 Pioneer's Voyager 1000 set-top.  The Internet Application Bundle will be
 available using future versions of the Explorer series such as the Explorer
 8000, as well as on models offered by Pioneer New Media, Pace Micro Technology
 and Panasonic.
 
     About PowerTV
     PowerTV, Inc. (www.powertv.com ), Cupertino, Calif., is a leading
 developer of systems software solutions, applications and services for digital
 interactive cable television.
     PowerTV, the PowerTV Operating System, SofaMAIL, and SofaCHAT are
 registered trademarks and SofaSURF is a trademark of PowerTV, Inc. in the
 United States and in other countries.
     Explorer is a registered trademark of Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
     All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective
 owners.
 
 

SOURCE PowerTV
    CUPERTINO, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Subscribers wishing to check
 e-mail while continuing to watch their favorite TV show or surfing the web
 will soon have an easy option for doing so, thanks to PowerTV.  Leveraging the
 widespread deployment of the PowerTV operating system software and the
 Scientific-Atlanta Explorer(R) and Pioneer Voyager(R) set-top platforms, the
 Internet bundle will combine PowerTV's SofaSURF(TM), SofaMAIL (R) and
 SofaCHAT(R) applications.  The bundle application is available for commercial
 deployment in 3rd quarter 2001.
     The cost-effective offering will enable cable operators to simultaneously
 rollout multiple applications, minimizing deployment costs while maximizing
 the interactive benefits to subscribers.
     Additional bundle benefits will include:
     *  Operates on installed headend server infrastructure hardware --
        available to set-tops via simple software download
     *  Supports "walled gardens" or full access to the Internet
     *  Versatile -- deploy entire suite or individual applications
 
     The solution will leverage the advantages of PowerTV's open-platform HTML
 middleware engine and industry-leading operating system.  The PowerTV software
 provides functionality to support multiple applications to execute
 concurrently on the subscriber's TV screen, in a similar way that multiple
 applications can be displayed and accessed on the PC.  For example, a
 subscriber can be watching TV and will be able to check their e-mail and surf
 the web, or join a chat room- all via the remote control or wireless keyboard.
     "Consumers have shown a remarkable ability to multitask using
 entertainment and information services.  PowerTV's new TV-centric services
 allow them to do this on the same screen," said Steve Necessary, CEO of
 PowerTV. "This new offering is an ideal vehicle for delivering the
 applications consumers want."
     The applications will be supported by the PowerTV operating system,
 deployed in over six million households today, in Scientific-Atlanta's
 existing Explorer 2000 and 3000 series of digital interactive set-tops and
 Pioneer's Voyager 1000 set-top.  The Internet Application Bundle will be
 available using future versions of the Explorer series such as the Explorer
 8000, as well as on models offered by Pioneer New Media, Pace Micro Technology
 and Panasonic.
 
     About PowerTV
     PowerTV, Inc. (www.powertv.com ), Cupertino, Calif., is a leading
 developer of systems software solutions, applications and services for digital
 interactive cable television.
     PowerTV, the PowerTV Operating System, SofaMAIL, and SofaCHAT are
 registered trademarks and SofaSURF is a trademark of PowerTV, Inc. in the
 United States and in other countries.
     Explorer is a registered trademark of Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
     All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective
 owners.
 
 SOURCE  PowerTV