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Buy-outs raise stakes in interactive TV contest

Almost simultaneous big-bucks acquisitions by OpenTV and Liberate show how serious the competition to rule the emerging interactive TV market has become.


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The race is on to control the potentially lucrative market for interactive television. Mere hours after OpenTV announced its acquisition of browser pioneer Spyglass, Liberate bought out software firm MoreCom. And Microsoft has its own ideas.


TV race heats up with Liberate deal
Liberate Technologies agrees to acquire MoreCom, a provider of software for interactive video services, in a $561 million stock transaction.

OpenTV to acquire Spyglass for $2.5 billion
The interactive TV software maker says it will buy Internet pioneer Spyglass in a deal designed to help the company expand into the burgeoning wireless communications market.

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Microsoft to enhance interactive TV offerings
The software giant announces an alliance with NDS, an interactive television software provider, to bring new applications to its television efforts.