AOL launches satellite TV venture with partners

America Online has announced new partnerships with four companies as part of its development of AOL TV. Philips Electronics, DIRECTV, Hughes Network Systems and Network Computer (NCI) have teamed up with AOL to add key components to the AOL TV project.

America Online has announced new partnerships with four companies as part of its development of AOL TV.

Philips Electronics, DIRECTV, Hughes Network Systems and Network Computer (NCI) have teamed up with AOL to add key components to the AOL TV project.

DIRECTV, a digital television service provider whose subscribers exceed 7 million, will work with AOL to develop a service combining digital satellite television programming with AOL TV's interactive television Internet service. Hughes Networks Systems will supply a dual-purpose AOL TV/DIRECTV set-top receiver. DIRECTV and Hughes Network Systems are both units of Hughes Electronics, based in El Segundo, California.

Philips, meanwhile, will provide an AOL TV-enabled set-top box, and NCI will offer a complete software platform for AOL's service. NCI's TV Navigator software will enable the set-top boxes to display Internet-based television services and content, while Connect Server software will provide management and administration for the network-connected AOL devices, according to AOL.

AOL TV is an interactive service for television available via both 56Kbit/s modems over standard telephone lines, and digital subscriber lines (DSL).

AOL, in Dulles, Virginia, can be reached at +1-703-448-8700 or at http://www.aol.com.

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