Cupertino, Calif. and Naperville, Ill.--Feb. 25, 1998 -- PowerTV, Inc. (Cupertino),a developer of software and hardware systems for advanced television, has licensed Spyglass's (Naperville) Device Mosaic Web browser technology for incorporation into the PowerTV HTML Engine that is planned to ship to nine major cable operators in 1998.
The Device Mosaic will act as a code foundation for the developmentof the PowerTV HTML Engine, a new open application platform fordeveloping interactive and on-line television services. By incorporatingopen Web standards into their operating system, PowerTV will ensure thatcable boxes containing the PowerTV HTML Engine will operate with thebroadest possible number of cable systems. In addition, developers willbe able to use standard Web tools to create value-added applications forcable providers, avoiding the pitfalls of expensive and proprietarydevelopment systems.
The PowerTV operating system and HTML Engine have been selected forinclusion in Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.'s latest digital set-top box, theExplorer 2000. Deployment of those boxes is planned by U.S. cableoperators Time Warner Cable, Mediaone, Comcast, Cox Communications, Inc.,Adelphia Communications Corp., and Marcus Cable, as well as by Canadiancable operators Rogers Cablesystems, Videotron, and Cogeco Cable.
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