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Zinwell develops strong presence in web connected TV market.

Taipei, April 20, 2011 (CENS)--After signing a deal to buy Internet-able TV sets from Sony, Zinwell Corp., a leading manufacturer of TV signal receiving equipment in Taiwan, will close a similar deal at the end of this month with Panasonic.

Optimistic about the Internet-connected TV market, Zinwell has opened a subsidiary to offer online TV platforms. The chairman, C.T. Huang, said that Internet-based services will be integrated with TVs after the technology is perfected to computerize the platforms, adding that the development of Internet TVs will also serve various needs of daily life.

Huang said his company will work with homegrown content providers to offer such services, noting Internet TVs will include interactivity, many channels, dedicated enterprise channels, online shopping and online business-establishing services.

Zinwell partnered with Sony through the online TV service subsidiary B-1 Media Corp. Although the Japanese appliance maker is a partner of the Google TV platform set up by search engine Google, the Internet TV service covers only North America. B-1 is Sony's Taiwan partner in Internet TV service.

Huang said B-1 is an open platform that is available to various partners including TV set makers, TV stations, and cable TV operators.

The service provider expects to break even this year, with projected sales of 100,000-200,000 set-top boxes in Taiwan to help achieve such goal.

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Author:Liu, Ken
Publication:The Taiwan Economic News
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Date:Apr 20, 2011
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