Industry Leaders Form TV Linux Alliance

ACTV, ATI Technologies, Broadcom Corporation, Concurrent Computer Corporation, Conexant, Convergence Integrated Media, DIVA, Excite@Home, iSurfTV, Liberate Technologies, Lineo, MontaVista, Motorola, nCUBE, OpenTV, Pace Micro Technology, Qpass, ReplayTV, STMicroelectronics, Sun Microsystems, TiVo, Trintech, TV Gateway and WorldGate align to bring Linux to digital cable set-tops as a means to speed the development and deployment of robust software solutions with lower development costs

CHICAGO — NCTA Show — June 12, 2001 — Industry leaders today announced the formation of the TV Linux Alliance, which will define a standards-based Linux environment for the digital set-top box market. Twenty-four leading technology suppliers to cable, satellite, and telecommunications operators have allied to produce Linux standards designed to improve time-to-market and product robustness in the advanced set-top box market.

The alliance will define a standard application programming interface (API) that will simplify the implementation of TV middleware and device drivers for the Linux operating environment, allowing network operators to select from a variety of vendors whose offerings are interoperable with the common API. The alliance plans to capitalize on Linux designs already underway among various founders and harmonize early work across the industry to ensure that Linux is delivered to the digital set-top under a common framework of evolving standards-based specifications. Linux is a proven, stable, and robust open source operating system with a strong developer community, making it an intelligent choice for network operators, infrastructure providers, and hardware manufacturers.

“The alliance will provide network operators with a standardized offering from the Linux community for digital TV set-tops,” said Yankee Group analyst Adi Kishore. “A common solution built around a single framework will reduce the integration issues that result in lengthy deployment time-frames for advanced interactive applications, as well as middleware solutions and set-top boxes.”

This single, standard API will help suppliers bring technologies to market more quickly, while competing on software implementations supporting a common API. As a result, the alliance expects this new standard to:

Broadband operators will benefit from lower operating system and development costs, more rapid device driver support for new hardware features, fewer repeated tasks in porting middleware solutions, and easier porting of additional new interactive applications - all of which can help them deliver the latest advanced interactive services more quickly and less expensively.

Chipset manufacturers will benefit by the availability of a clear roadmap for supplying Linux-based device driver support, and can expect shorter time-to-market for their API-enabled hardware solutions. Middleware vendors will benefit from more efficient and easier porting of middleware solutions and integration of interactive applications.

“The world of digital television is rapidly changing and the formation of this alliance will ensure that network operators have access to a solid offering set from the Linux community for digital TV set-tops,” said Jerry Krasner, executive director, Electronics Market Forecasters ( “No single company has been able to own the digital TV market. The talents and technologies of these companies rallying around a single framework for a robust Linux solution should keep competition at the operating system layer thriving while insuring that advanced interactive applications and middleware providers along with set-top manufacturers can get solutions to market more quickly.”

The new Linux specification developed by alliance members is expected to be available later this year. Parties that are interested in tracking the progress of the TV Linux Alliance or in accessing resulting specifications should visit A listing of all participating TV Linux Alliance members and their press contacts can be found at