You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Stream, OpenTV in box pact

100,000 set tops set to go in Italo market

MILAN — Telecom Italia’s multimedia unit Stream has signed a pact with U.S. group OpenTV for the digital software the Italian company will use for its new set top boxes.

OpenTV technology is used in Europe by several broadcasters, including France’s Tf1, Sweden’s Telia and British Interactive Broadcasting, the joint venture created by BSkyB, BT, Matsushita and Midland Bank. Stream has said it has made an initial order of 100,000 set top boxes using OpenTV technology to Italy’s producer Italtel.

Stream has started digital satellite TV broadcasting through three transponders on the Hot Bird satellites, aiming to reach at least 500,000 subscribers in two years. From June, it will offer a pay TV package that includes a Universal Studios film channel and a pay per view service.

Established in 1993 by state own giant Telecom Italia (formerly known as Stet) for developing and distributing multimedia services using the infrastructure of its parent company, Stream has been working on the development of TV, pay per view and video on demand services, banking heavily and solely on cable technology. Five years later, the company has accumulated a 400 billion lire ($220 million) loss and reached only 56,000 subscribers.

Despite these problems, Stream will not abandon cable, but will focus on satellite. In the pay TV service, the company will continue providing systems that deliver channels supplied by other content providers, including Universal, CNI, CNN, Euronews, Eurosport, the Cartoon Network, the Discovery Channel, and more.

More Digital

  • Drop Your Assumptions About Asian Streaming

    'Lose All Your Assumptions About Asian Streaming,' Says Iflix CEO Mark Britt

    MILAN — Telecom Italia’s multimedia unit Stream has signed a pact with U.S. group OpenTV for the digital software the Italian company will use for its new set top boxes. OpenTV technology is used in Europe by several broadcasters, including France’s Tf1, Sweden’s Telia and British Interactive Broadcasting, the joint venture created by BSkyB, BT, […]

  • Apple Park Visitor Center sign

    Apple Projected to Spend $4.2 Billion on Original Content by 2022

    MILAN — Telecom Italia’s multimedia unit Stream has signed a pact with U.S. group OpenTV for the digital software the Italian company will use for its new set top boxes. OpenTV technology is used in Europe by several broadcasters, including France’s Tf1, Sweden’s Telia and British Interactive Broadcasting, the joint venture created by BSkyB, BT, […]

  • HBO Snapchat Black Friday

    HBO's Black Friday Buy: A Snapchat Story Telling You to Stream Instead of Shop

    MILAN — Telecom Italia’s multimedia unit Stream has signed a pact with U.S. group OpenTV for the digital software the Italian company will use for its new set top boxes. OpenTV technology is used in Europe by several broadcasters, including France’s Tf1, Sweden’s Telia and British Interactive Broadcasting, the joint venture created by BSkyB, BT, […]

  • 'Star Wars: Battlefront II' Controversy Signals

    'Star Wars' Video Game Microtransactions Ignite Controversy

    MILAN — Telecom Italia’s multimedia unit Stream has signed a pact with U.S. group OpenTV for the digital software the Italian company will use for its new set top boxes. OpenTV technology is used in Europe by several broadcasters, including France’s Tf1, Sweden’s Telia and British Interactive Broadcasting, the joint venture created by BSkyB, BT, […]

  • trt world

    How Turkey’s TRT World Wants to Win Over U.S. Online Video Viewers (EXCLUSIVE)

    MILAN — Telecom Italia’s multimedia unit Stream has signed a pact with U.S. group OpenTV for the digital software the Italian company will use for its new set top boxes. OpenTV technology is used in Europe by several broadcasters, including France’s Tf1, Sweden’s Telia and British Interactive Broadcasting, the joint venture created by BSkyB, BT, […]

  • CaptainSparkelz - Pocket.watch

    YouTube Creators CaptainSparklez, EvanTube Sign With Kid-Media Startup Pocket.watch

    MILAN — Telecom Italia’s multimedia unit Stream has signed a pact with U.S. group OpenTV for the digital software the Italian company will use for its new set top boxes. OpenTV technology is used in Europe by several broadcasters, including France’s Tf1, Sweden’s Telia and British Interactive Broadcasting, the joint venture created by BSkyB, BT, […]

  • Peter Thiel

    Billionaire Peter Thiel Sells Majority of Facebook Stake, Pocketing $29 Million

    MILAN — Telecom Italia’s multimedia unit Stream has signed a pact with U.S. group OpenTV for the digital software the Italian company will use for its new set top boxes. OpenTV technology is used in Europe by several broadcasters, including France’s Tf1, Sweden’s Telia and British Interactive Broadcasting, the joint venture created by BSkyB, BT, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content