Telstra, Oracle in WebTV talks

Telstra is believed to be in discussions with Oracle for a substantial deal that would bring internet access to every television set in Australia.

Oracle has developed applications that would provide interaction between the viewer and the content. For instance, a viewer could click an icon during a sports match to see the latest statistics of the game. The technology would also have implications for advertising; for example, viewers ordering products online during a commercial.

It is believed Telstra would provide the function via its Big Pond service.

Neither company was available for comment by deadline.

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