Naperville, Ill.--February 17, 1998--Nokia announced a licensingagreement with Internet pioneer Spyglass, Inc. for up-frontWeb technology to be integrated in Nokia's next generation of digital cable,satellite, and terrestrial set-top boxes. The Spyglass Device Mosaic Webbrowser will be modified and used by Nokia as an HTML engine; a new openapplication platform for developing advanced interactive and onlinetelevision services.
As HTML is an open language, low-cost applications can be built by anumber of different companies, ensuring a wide variety ofrevenue-generating interactive television services. The openness of HTMLwill ensure that Nokia's set-top boxes function seamlessly with allcable, satellite, and terrestrial operators' systems, and avoid thepitfalls of limited proprietary environments.
The inclusion of an HTML engine will allow advanced interactivetelevision services such as: Internet access and Web browsing, e-mail,interactive advertising, home shopping and home banking, video on demand,and pay-per-view programming.
All Nokia's set-top boxes are DVB (digital video broadcasting)-compliant. The DVB standard was established to develop openspecifications for advanced cable, satellite, and terrestrial networks.It has previously been announced that DVB's Multimedia Home platformwould be based on open standards, such as HTML. In the U.S., Open Cable, asimilar effort spearheaded by Cablelabs, is underway. Nokia's set-topboxes are expected to comply also with the Open Cable specification.
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