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ViaClix To Add Video-Chat to IPTV Platform

ViaClix, a developer of IPTV technology, plans to bundle video-chat software from ooVoo with the Windows versions of its new iTV Digital Media Centers.

ViaClix, based in Los Gatos, Calif., markets its technology to Internet content providers, service providers and institutional organizations as well as TV set, set-top box, computer and storage equipment manufacturers.

The ViaClix Digital Media Center, scheduled to launch in June, merges television and Internet features. With ooVoo’s video-chat software, the devices can provide six-way video calls on any TV screen.

“Together with ViaClix’s Digital Media Centers’ interactive entertainment systems, we will provide a single, seamless solution that revolutionizes the delivery of live communication to TVs and PCs for consumers and businesses,” ooVoo CEO Philippe Schwartz said.  

ViaClix and ooVoo said they are looking at expanding their partnership in the future by collaborating on the development of new features for ViaClix Digital Media Centers. For example, two people who are geographically separated could watch a Webcast of a sporting event together on their TV screens while simultaneously sharing communicating about the event by video.