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Japanese TV makers create common digital TV portal

Posted: 11 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Matsushita? digital TVs? digital TV set? TVnavi? CEATEC?

Six TV makers from JapanMatsushita, Sony, Sony Communication Network, Toshiba, Sharp and Hitachiformed a joint venture company called TV Portal Service Corp. that will run a common TV portal for digital TVs with broadband Internet access. The new service was promoted at last week's CEATEC in Japan.

The joint venture will launch a portal site named acTVila on Feb. 1, 2007. It is proposing that TV makers make their sets accessible to the common portal. Participants are expected to include most Japanese TV makers.

The partners said they would provide various services through the portal, starting with basic information services in February, video-on-demand later next year and content downloading services in 2008. The service will also handle payment transactions online.

A study group consisting of representatives from 70 companies has released a second version of specifications for the new service. The browser for accessing the portal is defined in the revised spec.

The portal company is considering adoption of digital right management technology under development by Intertrust, Matsushita, Samsung and Sony.

Matsushita is shipping digital TV sets with a proprietary portal site named TVnavi. An accompanying remote control is equipped with a button for direct access to the site. Once the acTVila portal site is launched, Matsushita said it will adopt acTVila on DTVs.

- Yoshiko Hara
EE Times

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