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Dec 2, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Gemstar-TV Guide International announced that its new on-demand guide for the Motorola DCT2000 digital set-top platform has received Acadia certification and is available for deployment with SeaChange’s video-on-demand system. New features include a barker window, an improved menu system with category tiering and enhanced playback controls. It should be available by the end of the year.
News-gathering facilities in Iraq
GlobeCast News announced that in conjunction with Reuters Support Services and Reuters News it will provide broadcasters with satellite news-gathering facilities in Baghdad, Iraq, at the Ministry of Information. Journalists will have access to tape playout and live positions from there.
OpenTV restructures exec positions
As part of its restructuring, OpenTV has made new executive appointments. Craig Waggy will assume the post of chief financial officer, succeeding Scott Ray. Mr. Waggy is currently senior VP and chief financial officer of Liberty Broadband Interactive Television. Mark Allen has been appointed general counsel, succeeding Jesse Berg. Mr. Allen is currently executive VP of corporate development and deputy general counsel for LBIT. Scott Doyle, currently senior VP and chief IP officer for LBIT, will take the newly created position of OpenTV’s chief intellectual property officer. The company also announced that its revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2002 was $13.3 million compared with $25.1 million for same time a year ago.