OpenTV, a maker of interactive-television software, said Tuesday that more than 25 million set-top boxes using its software were deployed as of March 31. During the period from Dec. 31, 2001, to March 31, 2002, the company added 2 million more OpenTV set-tops to those already deployed. OpenTV's software enables people to shop, access e-mail, play video games and bank on TVs using set-top boxes. The software runs on set-top boxes that are used on satellite and digital cable networks. Some of OpenTV's major customers include network carriers EchoStar in the United States, BskyB in the United Kingdom, Bell ExpressVu in Canada and DirecTV Latin America.
Liberty Media announced on May 8 that it had bought a controlling interest in OpenTV for $185 million in cash and stock. Liberty announced May 8 a preliminary agreement to buy the remaining stake in interactive-advertising software company ACTV.