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Cable Technology Feature Article

August 11, 2009

enableTV Launches 'cablewidget' Platform

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

enableTV Inc. has reportedly developed a modular platform for interactive television application deployment using proprietary software components called "cablewidgets."

"We are excited that our development of this platform is now complete and ready to deploy," said Walden Miller, VP and co-founder of enableTV, in a statement.

Miller said that the cablewidgets platform has been tested and is ready for deployment. He said that his company is grateful to the many clients and organizations that have helped the platform evolve into a stable, deployable, and scalable solution.

According to the company officials, each widget is an individual software interactive application that can be combined with others to offer a multi-functional application.

Giving an example, officials said that the enableTV realtime "Polling Widget" can be offered together with a "News Headlines" ticker and a two-way "Online Purchasing Widget," all at the click of a remote control.

Cable television viewers will click on their remote controls to instantly access information they want, like the local weather, market status, or even the daily horoscopes.

Officials said that certain program producers will use enableTV cablewidgets to ask viewers their opinions, for example, on which player should be chosen as the MVP for a sports event.

The cablewidget will often only be available in certain TV programs, or on certain channels. Others that are more general in scope will be available whenever the viewer wants to see them regardless of what channel or program they are watching. Viewers will always have the choice to display or dismiss any enableTV cablewidget.

enableTV delivers interactive television technology and professional services solutions to network operators, consumer electronics manufacturers and content providers to accelerate the time to deployment.

The company claims to have extensive experience in the development, testing, and integration of interactive technology within legacy, ETV, OCAP and tru2way environments across multiple networks to multiple devices.

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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard