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The European Commission has decided against a heavy-handed approach in developing standards for European digital TV, at least for now.

It announced Monday that it would not force its single standard on the industry, but would wait for the market to develop interoperable systems. Industry players have until the end of 2005 to create platforms that can talk to each other. The commission will review its decision after that time.

The lack of a single standard is hindering the development of digital and interactive TV.

Though different systems will continue to compete with each other, the EC did praise one provider. It is backing German TV group RTL’s standard Multimedia Home Platform as the only truly interoperable system.

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