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Spyglass Takes Off with In-Flight Entertainment System

Spyglass Inc. Monday inked a software licensing and professional services agreement with Rockwell Collins Inc. to help bring airline passengers in-flight entertainment systems.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rockwell Collins (ROK), a worldwide leader in electronic controls and communications, licensed Spyglass' (SPYG) Device Mosaic, Spyglass ThinGUI Library and Spyglass MicroServer, for use with their Total Entertainment System (TES), a digital entertainment system built on an interactive platform.

The Spyglass Device Mosaic Web browser is the enabling engine for the re-designed TES passenger entertainment system, which is now capable of running HTML applications. The TES displays can be installed on the backs of airline seats or mounted on armrests for easy access. Passengers have hand-held remote control units that allow them to navigate across a wide range of applications, including audio/video-on-demand.

"At Spyglass, we leverage both our technologies and professional services to enable devices to support HTML-based content and applications," said Anup Murarka, Spyglass vice president of interactive television services. "With Rockwell we created a versatile platform from which a diverse range of interactive applications can run. Third-party software developers will benefit from the chance to create diverse applications specifically geared toward a new interactive audience -- airline passengers."

Spyglass provides Internet consulting, software and professional services for content providers, service operators and device manufacturers.