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Vivendi subsid pacts with Winfirst

PARIS — Canal Plus Technologies has inked a deal under which Denver-based cable and fiber optic provider Winfirst will use CPT’s interactive television software in the U.S. The Vivendi Universal subsid also plans to develop interactive content and services for Winfirst, which has received approval to build networks to pass more than 3.7 million homes in Sacramento, San Diego, Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Seattle.

Company also wants to move into other cities, including L.A. and San Francisco.

The networks will deliver high-speed Internet, cable and telephone services that Winfirst says will allow customers to download DVD-quality movies “in eight minutes while using the phone and streaming a homevideo to a friend.”

Canal Plus’ Mediahighway is already used in 9.6 million set-top boxes worldwide, and it is one of the first high-end software systems to support interactive TV applications written in the Java programming language.

The Mediaguard system provides conditional access for delivering secure content and transactions across cable, satellite and terrestrial TV networks.

Winfirst veep of sales and marketing Bill Brovsky said, “We want to delight and entertain our customers by delivering a compelling TV viewing experience, something which Canal Plus Technologies has been doing for many years in millions of homes across Europe.”

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