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
What differs this product from others is that the platform is
technologically based on open standards and components, including HTML,
“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
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.