OpenTV Powers FOXTEL Next Generation

Monday, November 16th, 2009
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Australian Pay-TV Leader Launches New Platform and Services using OpenTV Middleware

SAN FRANCISCO — OpenTV Corp. (NASDAQ:OPTV), a leading software and technology provider of advanced digital television solutions, announced today that FOXTEL, the leading subscription television operator in Australia and longtime OpenTV customer, has launched its next generation platform in collaboration with OpenTV. Powered by OpenTV middleware and using OpenTV’s latest interactive TV technology, the operator’s new platform features an array of new channels and innovative applications that were developed by FOXTEL and OpenTV and are now available to FOXTEL’s subscribers.

“FOXTEL Next Generation is all about providing our customers greater control and choice so they can watch what they want, when they want, over a device of their choice. FOXTEL Next Generation will offer the choice of over 200 channels, 15 HD channels, a rich array of interactive services as well as superb new navigation features which are intuitive and simple to use for the customers,” said Kim Williams, FOXTEL’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’re delighted once again to have OpenTV as a partner on this launch; the team has been central in ensuring that we deliver compelling new features to our iQ service and we’re very excited to share these initiatives with our customers.”

“This new FOXTEL launch is a clear demonstration of what television is supposed to be,” said Ben Bennett, OpenTV’s Chief Executive Officer. “FOXTEL has shown great leadership over the years and this new launch is no exception. It is a significant milestone that embraces next generation television and the new viewing habits we are seeing in the industry as a whole. It’s about viewer choice, quality, and about making television what it should be: entertaining and exciting. We’re proud to be a part of this launch and applaud FOXTEL on this latest achievement.”

FOXTEL Next Generation is truly about “what viewers want, when they want it, where they want it” allowing them to either watch live, on-demand or time-shifted television all powered by OpenTV. Highlights include:

  • The new “iSuggest” interactive TV guide has been developed by OpenTV and provides TV program recommendations to FOXTEL iQ and HD+ subscribers. With iSuggest, FOXTEL’s programming can now be browsed using a friendly gallery of posters with access to detailed synopsis information. The ability to record programs from the gallery via a single button push means iSuggest will change the way FOXTEL iQ and HD+ viewers watch their FOXTEL service.
  • The new “Record Me” feature for iQ and HD+ subscribers: Record Me™ sends shows or movies straight to the iQ planner via a single button push during on-air promotions.
  • Brand-new Sky News Active and Weather Active applications deliver new features such as local news feeds and daily weather forecasts: these two flagship applications boast improved performance and a completely fresh look.

In addition to these compelling interactive applications, FOXTEL is launching 30 new channels, including ten new HD channels, eight time-shifted channels, and a new box office channel called “Movies on Demand,” as well as FOXTEL Download, a brand-new, state-of-the-art online television service.