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OpenTV and Sky Italia Extend Partnership
Dec 13, 2007 (08:12 AM EST)
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OpenTV Corp. , a leading provider of solutions for the delivery of advanced television and cross-platform interactive services, announced today that Sky Italia has entered into a multi-year renewal of its middleware license agreement with OpenTV. Sky Italia is Italy's premier provider of satellite television, offering a variety of programming choices to more than four million subscribers.
"We are extremely pleased with Sky Italia's decision to renew our relationship on a long term basis and explore OpenTV's full range of next generation middleware products," said Ben Bennett, OpenTV's Chief Operating Officer. "Our goal is to continue building on this strong partnership by ensuring our technology is aligned as closely as possible with Sky Italia's business needs; a long term partnership means OpenTV providing Sky Italia with proven and innovative solutions that help grow their business and retain customers through world-class enhanced, interactive and targeted services."
"OpenTV's commitment and responsiveness to our requirements make them the middleware of choice for Sky Italia," said Mark Williams, Sky Italia's Chief Operating Officer. "We are pleased to extend our relationship with the OpenTV team and look forward to their continued support and delivery of innovative solutions."
Sky Italia's programming features a wide range of digital television services, including the innovative and successful "MySky" personal video recording receiver and a variety of OpenTV-powered interactive services featuring news, weather, music and sports.
OpenTV is one of the world's leading providers of solutions for the delivery of digital and interactive television. The company's software has been integrated in more than 96 million digital set-top boxes and digital televisions around the world, and enables enhanced program guides, video-on-demand, personal video recording, enhanced television, interactive shopping, interactive and addressable advertising, games and a variety of consumer care and communication applications. For more information, please visit http://www.opentv.com .
About SKY Italia
SKY Italia, 100% controlled by News Corporation Limited, was born in 2003 and since then has been continuously growing, reaching 4,240,000 subscribers as of 30 September 2007. The platform currently broadcasts over 170 television, interactive services and pay-per-view channels, ranging from sports to movies, news, entertainment, documentaries, children programming, and music. SKY programming can be received on IPTV platform as well as via satellite. The platform's complete television offer is available on the Fastweb, Telecom Italia's Alice Home TV and Wind's Infostrada TV broadband networks; and in the next months, SKY's packages will be available on the Tiscali's IPTV network. SKY, moreover, broadcasts some specially-designed programs on mobile TV systems, in association with Vodafone, H3G and TIM.
For more information, please visit http://www.sky.it
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The foregoing information contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors. In particular, factors that could cause our actual results to differ include risks related to: market acceptance of interactive television services and applications such as ours; delays in the development or introduction of new applications and versions of our service; technical difficulties with networks or operating systems; our ability to manage our resources effectively; changes in technologies that affect the television industry; and the protection of our proprietary information. These and other risks are more fully described in our periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and can be obtained online at the Commission's web site at http://www.sec.gov . Readers should consider the information contained in this release together with other publicly available information about our company for a more informed overview of our company. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
CONTACT: Christine Oury of OpenTV Corp., +1-415-962-5433, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Tran Ngo, +1-323-866-6077, , orJustin Hayward, +44 0 20 7878 32919, , both ofManning Selvage & Lee, for OpenTV Corp.
Web site: http://www.opentv.com/ http://www.sky.it/