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Kudelski to take controlling interest in TV technology firm OpenTV

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MUMBAI: US firm OpenTV which provide enabling technologies for advanced digital television services has announced that the Kudelski Group which works in the area of content protection and related digital

television technologies, has signed a stock purchase agreement with Liberty Media to acquire voting control of OpenTV.

The transaction aligns two global digital television technology firms who, together, will be able to deliver fully integrated products and

solutions to the world's digital TV operators, spanning conditional access software, middleware, interactive applications, and advertising. At the same time, the transaction enables both companies to continue operating

independently, supporting efforts to serve some customers on a standalone basis as their requirements dictate.

The Kudelski Group companies, with consolidated 2005 revenues of approximately $550 million, include primarily:

-- Nagravision, a worldwide leader in integrated security software solutions for digital television -- Nagra France, NagraStar, Nagra Plus, NagraCard and NagraID

-- Abilis, Quative, and SmarDTV developing new technologies in mobile, IPTV and security

-- SkiData specialising in public access

OpenTV has historically worked closely with the Kudelski Group to deliver various digital television services, including PVR, VOD and other on-demand services, EPG and content syndication for on-demand services,

interactive applications, and enabling technologies for enhanced and interactive advertising.

OpenTV chairman and CEO Jim Chiddix says, "Aligning ourselves with a global leader in the digital television sector like Kudelski will help us immediately extend our product lineup

into new markets and give us access to customers we haven't had relationships with before. It will also open up new opportunities that we may not otherwise have had the technical or related resources to address in

the near term.

"We think this deal offers us a myriad of new opportunities to bundle solutions, sell products into Kudelski's existing customer base, save costs through various integration and joint R&D efforts, and collaborate more effectively in several early stage sectors, such as the digital terrestrial market.

"And, just as importantly, we expect to do that while retaining the requisite degree of independence necessary to satisfy the needs of all of our existing and potential customers and partners, with a continued focus on maximising value for all OpenTV stockholders."

Kudelski Group chairman and CEO Andre Kudelski says, "OpenTV's software has established the global benchmark for set-top box middleware. We also believe it is a company with great potential and very

talented people, a gold-plated customer list, and market-leading technologies that will offer both OpenTV and the Kudelski Group, working

side by side, real growth opportunities.

"This transaction was driven, in large part, by

recognition of OpenTV's leadership position in advanced digital television and our desire to work more closely with OpenTV to capture additional market share in the rapidly consolidating digital television industry. With

digital television households expected to double by 2010, with the landscape for television advertising changing daily, and with the mobile

and online video sectors now quickly evolving, we see OpenTV as extremely well-positioned to exploit these opportunities -- even more so given the complementary nature of our product offerings."

Liberty Media senior VP Michael Zeisser says "Over the past four years, through its controlling position in OpenTV, Liberty has helped shape an industry-leading player in digital television. OpenTV has a strong management team, customers, and momentum. As it embarks on its next stage of growth Kudelski will be a formidable strategic partner."

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