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Nokia Unveils Internet/Television Device

An open-source platform combining the Internet, digital television and broadband access has been introduced by Nokia.

"The Media Terminal brings the Internet and its benefits into the home environment," said Damian Stathonikos, communications officer for Nokia Venture Organization. "We are uniting television and the Internet in a way it has never been done before."

The Media Terminal is designed to deliver customized, interactive, high-bandwidth digital content; video, audio and data that allows customers to experience the power of broadband services customized to their information needs.

What differs this product from others is that the platform is technologically based on open standards and components, including HTML, JavaScript, DVB, MHP, Linux, Mozilla and X86 PC architecture, Stathonikos said.

"This product is not about creating proprietary systems," Stathonikos said. "By working in an open way, we will offer value to everyone in the chain. Users can get access from different providers and everyone will benefit."

With the Media Terminal, consumers can watch digital TV and record programs on an integrated hard disc, play network games, order video on demand, send and receive email, listen and store MP3 files, and connect printers, digital cameras or other devices.

The product will launch during the second quarter of 2001 in the Scandinavian market. A U.S. version is under development.