REDMOND, Wash., HORSHAM, Pa., and CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., March 11, 2003 — Microsoft TV, Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) Broadband Communications Sector and Digital Latin America (DLA) today announced joint content and technology agreements to launch tiered digital services with Cablevisin Monterrey. The Mexico-based cable system intends to deploy the services to more than 100,000 customers, a majority of its new digital TV network. The Cablevisin service will debut the Microsoft®
TV Interactive Program Guide (IPG) in Latin America and offer digital content from DLA, all through Motorola’s digital cable platform. The agreement also marks the first commercial deployment resulting from the recent business relationship between DLA and Microsoft.
Cablevisin Monterrey will deploy a range of Microsoft solutions in its systems. Microsoft TV IPG is a fast, easy-to-use guide that integrates video-on-demand (VOD) listings and services in one seamless experience. Microsoft TV IPG is validated for Motorola’s DCT1000, DCT1700 and DCT2000 series set-tops. The Microsoft TV Advanced solution will include IPG, Web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, PC bridging and the capability to browse the Web while watching TV with picture-in-picture, exploiting the advanced capabilities of the Motorola DCT5000 platform. Both software solutions provide English and Spanish language support. Deployment is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2003.
Motorola’s infrastructure technology and digital set-tops will enable Cablevisin to better serve the multiple and varying needs of its subscribers. Tiered service support for VOD, pay-per-view (PPV), IPG and other compelling interactive digital services will be enabled by Motorola’s MediaCipher®
conditional access technology and offered through the Motorola DCT1700, DCT5000 and DCP501 set-tops.
“After reviewing all the technology options available, we ultimately selected Microsoft and Motorola because we believe their technologies to be the most flexible. This flexibility will enable us to cost-effectively roll out a tiered service offering to our customers,”
said Manuel Gonzalez Gonzalez, chief executive officer of Cablevisin Monterrey.
“Digital Latin America provides compelling content, which will be key in helping ensure a positive digital cable experience for all our customers. The services we are announcing today put us on the map as one of the most advanced cable companies in Latin America. We are glad to have Microsoft, Motorola and Digital Latin America as our partners in this endeavor.”
“Microsoft is very excited to showcase Cablevisin Monterrey as our first deployment of Microsoft TV IPG in Latin America,”
said Tim Fritzley, vice president of sales and services for Microsoft TV.
“The Latin American market has solid growth potential, with Strategy Analytics predicting a 30 percent increase in digital TV subscribers over the next five years.* Cablevisin Monterrey is primed to be a front-runner in this region by providing its customers with compelling new digital TV services powered by Microsoft TV. The deployment of Microsoft TV software also demonstrates that, by cost-effectively enabling new services on both thin-client and more advanced set-top boxes, Microsoft is committed to helping network operators worldwide realize new revenues.” “Motorola is proud to be selected as Cablevisin Monterrey’s technology partner, along with Microsoft and DLA. We applaud Cablevisin’s focus on offering compelling digital services that will enhance the way its customers stay entertained, informed and connected,”
said Bick Remmey, corporate vice president and general manager for Latin America at Motorola.
“We look forward to working with Cablevisin Monterrey to deploy this innovative tiered digital service offering in Latin America.”
“We are pleased to work with Cablevisin Monterrey, Microsoft and Motorola Broadband in bringing this relationship to life,”
said Mike Pulli, chief executive officer of DLA.
“The positive feedback Cablevisin Monterrey has received from customers during the six-month test phase has resulted in this full-scale rollout. The success of this agreement highlights the possibilities that exist in the Latin American market for quality digital television solutions. We look forward to announcing additional agreements in the next several months.”
About Cablevisin Monterrey
Cablevisin Monterrey is a subsidiary of its parent company Multimedios Estrellas de Oro, which owns a diverse array of businesses, such as radio stations, television channels, newspapers, magazines, restaurants, entertainment centers, automobile dealers, and public telecommunication networks. Multimedios Redes, a division of the group, was created with the objective to keep the Company’s subsidiaries up to date with technological advances in the area of telecommunications.
Multimedios Redes, with its modern infrastructure, is a leading service provider in the cable television, Internet, corporate connectivity and personal communication industries. These services are driven through four divisions: Cablevisin Monterrey, InterCable, Telum and Multibip. Cablevisin Monterrey currently has 100,000 subscribers for its cable television service.
Digital Latin America (DLA), based in Coral Springs, Fla., is the only integrated digital content and service provider that enables cable operators in Latin America and the Caribbean to enhance their current subscriber offering by adding digital services in a cost-effective manner. With DLA, systems can provide subscribers with a suite of digital programming and services including the best Latin American premium channels, exclusive pay-per-view movies and events, an interactive program guide, digital music channels, Infocast, a promotional channel and interactive applications such as e-mail, Internet access, games, news and information services. Digital Latin America, LLC ( http://www.dlatv.com/ ), is a joint venture between Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst Inc.; Liberty Media Corp. (NYSE: L, LMC.B) through its wholly owned subsidiary, Liberty Media International Inc.; and Motorola Inc.
About Motorola Broadband Communications Sector
The Motorola Broadband Communications Sector provides a scalable, integrated end-to-end system for the delivery of broadband services that keeps consumers informed, entertained and connected. Its technology enables network operators and retailers to create and execute on new business opportunities by providing innovative products and services to the home. Customer-responsive design and manufacturing expertise further contribute to the company’s position as the world’s leading supplier of digital cable set-tops and cable modems. More information about the Motorola Broadband Communications Sector can be found at http://www.motorola.com/broadband/ .
Motorola, Inc., is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2002 were $26.7 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important technologies that make things smarter and life better for people, honored traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. More information can be found at http://www.motorola.com/ .
About the Microsoft TV Platform
Microsoft TV is a family of standards-based, client and server software products that enables the delivery of new digital TV services through cable, terrestrial and satellite networks across a variety of TV devices including the full range of set-top boxes. The Microsoft TV platform provides value to network operators by enabling new revenue-generating services including video on demand, interactive program guides, digital video recording, enhanced programming, e-mail and instant messaging. More information about Microsoft TV can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/tv/ .
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.
* Strategy Analytics,
“Digital Television Set-Top Box Market Forecast Data — Latin America,”
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