April 27, 1999
Mindport, a leading
Media Commerce Technology provider for electronic pay
media, interactive applications and the Internet, today
announced that the company has signed an MOU (Memorandum
of Understanding) with C-DAC - The Center for the Development
of Advanced Computing, a society under Department of
Electronics (DoE), Government of India.
C-DAC has developed
a unique Indian Languages Embedded Subtitling System
called LIPS (Language Independent Program Subtitling).
The LIPS system is a vital broadcasting component of
multicultural, multi-lingual societies such as the Indian
subcontinent. The current system operates by passing
all data via a suitable carrier, usually VBI (Vertical
Blanking Interval) to the broadcast point. In future
a customized STP (Set Top Box) will receive the data
and key in a selected language to the signal as part
of the digital solution.
Mindport and C-DAC
will redesign the subtitle mastering station to incorporate
the requirements of a DVD (Digital Versatile Disk) authoring
system. This will allow DVD-based programming to be
roadcast via digital transmission through a multiplexer
and received by a DVD compliant STB. As an additional
part of this development, an STB decoder used in DTH
(Direct To Home) reception will replace the current
subtitle decoder, comparable to a closed caption application.
Shri. R.K. Arora, Executive
Director, C-DAC observed "the reach of
C-DAC’s multilingual subtitling technology is already
there to Indian TV viewers, but with this new collaboration
we will be able to provide quality TV programs through
DVD to Cable TV and DTH, including Pay TV, users countrywide."
this MOU, in conjunction with C-DAC, as part of Mindport's
strategic move into the new, and massive, developing
market in India. Jamie Styles, who is now based in New
Delhi, India, working with Mindport Solutions, the company's
systems integration and consulting division commented
"Mindport is ideally suited to further the development
of LIPS. This project will bring together the expertise
of two innovative Mindport companies, OpenTV and Mindport
Media Commerce Technology (MCT). These two Mindport
companies have already developed proven interactive
broadcasting technology that has been successfully deployed
around the world. By combining this Mindport experience
with the solid foundation already put in place by C-DAC,
we will be able to create a new system that meets all
the requirements of this diverse market."
Mindport is a global
solutions provider of media commerce technologies forpay-TV
and the Internet, enabling platform and channel operators
to maximize their eBusiness opportunities. Mindport
has focused on the key areas of the required technology,
including software and hardware, and is well placed
to integrate them successfully. The company operates
in six focus areas to fulfill your requirements: Conditional
Access, Customer Care and Billing, Interactive Set-top
Box Operating Systems, System Integration and Consultancy,
Content Management Systems and Set-top Boxes.
Mindport has 450 employees,
and has offices in the Netherlands (Hoofddorp), China
(Beijing), USA (San Diego), South Africa (Johannesburg),
Australia (Sydney) and New Delhi (India).
Five of the six businesses
are 100% owned by Mindport. OpenTV, a worldwide leader
in interactive television software for the digital television
receiver is 80% owned by Mindport and 20% by Sun Microsystems.
OpenTV is headquartered in Mountain View, CA and has
European operations in France.
C-DAC is India’s national
initiative in the high performance computing (supercomputers)
area. It has also another area of its activity in multilingual
multimedia technology development. As part of this activity,
C-DAC has established its position of eminence in offering
multilingual technology products for word processing,
database managing, desk top publishing, eMailing etc.
which are used by a very large number of users countrywide.
C-DAC has also developed a number of video products
for multilingual subtitling, dubbing, news reading etc.
C-DAC has its centres located in Pune, Bangalore, New
Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai.