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NPTV Awarded Interactive Television Patent

Patent covers the creation of interactive applications in broadcasting sector (April 15, 2005)

NPTV, a leading company in interactive television technologies has just been awarded European patent n EUROPE 1190579. This patent covers the creation of interactive applications in the broadcasting sector, particularly the method of displaying enriched moving messages on television as well as complex applications through a light on-board applications engine.

Pioneers in the field of digital television, NPTV filed this patent application in 1999, at a time when the company was the first to use this technology developed from its invention. So far it has been used to produce dozens of daily interactive applications and is massively deployed in more than 7.5 million set-top boxes throughout the world. This makes NPTV the leader in the field of light on-board clients in the field of interactive television, and the mechanism is now protected by a European patent.

"We are very pleased with this announcement. NPTV was a pioneer in developing interactive television applications and has maintained a very high level of demand with respect to preserving its intellectual property. We are continuing our research and development on a permanent basis. This potential has just been vastly increased with the acquisition of Kinomai, which will allow us to propose even more revolutionary technologies in the video sector. Obviously we are doing everything we can to protect these inventions, as we always have", said Etienne Grange, NPTV's CEO.

The patent is valid for 14 countries in the European Union, plus Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Monaco and is currently being extended to the United States and several other countries. NPTV now holds major assets in its core profession, particularly with respect to competition in the sector. NPTV also wants customers to be sure of originality and above all the protection surrounding its products.

NPTV is once more demonstrating the quality of its technologies. This patent is part of a portfolio including 37 patents filed, not counting patents for which applications have been filed. The purchase of Kinomai in December extended this portfolio into the fields of 'video on demand', 3G video for mobile phones, 'Personal Video Recorders' and Internet video.

To date, NPTV has a portfolio of 37 patents covering the following sectors: interactive advertising; character input into an interactive TV application; SMS display in an interactive television service; access to private parts of interactive services by sending SMS messages; remote control of a digital terminal from a mobile phone; synchronization of interactive applications; classification and indexing multiformat video files.

These major assets will be used to develop an active licensing policy for patented technologies, which NPTV will be using very soon.

About NPTV:
Founded in 1998, NPTV's declared mission is to facilitate the creation of interactive TV applications, by offering turnkey tools to the audiovisual sector for fast production of interactive programmes. NPTV technology is based on original architecture consisting of ITV Factory, a suite of PC tools for producing interactive programmes and a Bando application engine which makes it easy to broadcast these programmes on all existing platforms (Mediahighway, OpenTV, MHP, OCAP.).

This technology has been chosen by 8 digital TV operators serving more than 50 countries throughout the world. It is therefore available on more than 7.5 millions decoders and this figure is constantly growing. NPTV's main customers include CANALSATELLITE (France), ASTRO (Malaysia), MONACO CABLE, DANISH RADIO (Denmark), CANAL DIGITAL (Scandinavia), MEDIA OVERSEAS (French Overseas Territories), NC NUMERICABLE, EUROSPORT, DISNEY CHANNEL France. This global positioning makes NPTV a key actor in three main regions: Europe, Asia and Africa.

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Related Keywords:NPTV, Interactive Television, set-top boxes, Etienne Grange, Kinomai, video on demand, 3G video, Personal Video Recorders, Internet video, SMS,

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