NEW YORK (AP) _ Novell Inc. said Monday its networking software would be used in TV set-top boxes designed by Stellar One Corp.

The agreement is the third for Novell involving the small computers that cable and telephone companies will provide to consumers in the future for advanced TV services like movies-on-demand.

Novell's Nested Netware product is also used by Microware Systems Corp. of Des Moines, Iowa, and Integrated Systems International of Santa Clara, Calif. Both companies make basic software to run set-top boxes.

In the latest agreement, Nested NetWare will allow the Stellar 1000 set-top box to communicate information to other computers and be managed and secured from a central location. The product is expected to be available late next year. Prices have not been set.

Novell chief executive Robert Frankenberg will demonstrate the technology during a speech he will give Wednesday at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas.

Novell, based in Orem, Utah, is the largest maker of software for networking personal computers. Stellar One is a privately owned company based in Seattle.