Sydney – eventIS, a market leader in metadata solutions for linear broadcasting and video on demand, announced two deals that highlight its commitment to the Australian digital television industry. Under the deals with Broadcast Australia and SBS Australia, eventIS will supply both companies with advanced electronic program guide (EPG) systems based on its easy-to-operate, open-interface CASIS scheduling system and STAGIS schedule aggregator. In the first deal, eventIS is supporting Broadcast Australia in its DIGITAL FORTY FOUR infocasting trial. DIGITAL FORTY FOUR is a trial service available to free-to-air digital television enabled households across the Sydney metropolitan area. It offers several interactive services including a shopping channel; a religious channel; a federal parliament channel; a text-based news, sport and weather service and a channel dedicated to teaching. eventIS is supplying an EPG system based on its STAGIS and CASIS products capable of handling the trial’s frequent line-up changes. The second deal sees eventIS supplying state-broadcaster SBS Australia with a STAGIS-CASIS SI system for its digital terrestrial services. The eventIS solution is fully integrated with the broadcaster’s Harris automation system, ensuring an accurate now / next service and complete EPG functionality. SBS Australia also uses eventIS’s TV-A XML schedule format which features CRIDs. Thus SBS has taken the first steps towards the advanced features that are planned for the Australian Freeview service, including series linking.