OpenTV found in 100 million enabled devices

OpenTV has announced that its middleware has now been deployed in 100 million digital set-top boxes and televisions. The company says that since its first deployments in 1997 the technology has created a footprint covering 100 countries, more than 50 network operators and 40 set-top box manufacturers.

Customers include platform operators News Corporation, EchoStar, and Liberty Global; set-top box manufacturers such as Pace Micro Technology and Thomson; chipset vendors such as ST Microelectronics and Broadcom; and conditional access partners such as Nagravision, Irdeto and NDS.

“As we surpass the 100 million device mark, I can proudly state that OpenTV’s technology has truly become the cornerstone of digital television services around the world,” said Ben Bennett, OpenTV’s Chief Operating Officer. “This is no small feat when you consider the size and complexity of the global television industry.” He added that with only 10% of the world’s 1.78 billion televisions digitally enabled there was still a great market opportunity ahead.

The statement fails to list the three major owners of the company in those ten years, from the South African MIH group through to Liberty Media and the present owner Kudelski.