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Canal, Sun ink TV tech pact

Vivendi U subsid acquired license for Personal Java technology

PARIS — Canal Plus Technologies and Sun Microsystems have sealed a strategic alliance to develop interactive technology for TV systems globally.

Under the deal, announced Monday by Canal Plus Technologies, the Vivendi Universal subsid has acquired a license for Personal Java technology from Sun, and will incorporate it into its Mediahighway platform. In exchange, Sun will take a stake in Canal Plus Technologies, whose shareholders include Sony, Thomson Multimedia/RCA and Sogecable.

Canal Plus Technologies provides digital and interactive TV software to more than 20 digital operators and broadcasters, including OnDigital in the U.K. and AT&T Broadband in the U.S.

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