informitv – Cable gets committed to open standards at last
Despite years of development and disappointment, interactive television could be closer to deployment across cable systems in the United States. At least that’s the plan. The Open Cable Application Platform was a hot topic at The Cable Show in Las Vegas. American Cable operators Comcast, Time Warner and Cox appear to be ready to roll out support for OCAP but they are still looking for compelling applications for interactive television.
The hope is that a common application programming interface will be able to span the separate service providers and disparate set-top boxes that constitute the current cable television landscape in the United States.
The major cable operators have previously pledged their commitment to deploying a standard middleware platform but they remain pre-occupied by their legacy problems of tens of millions of set-top boxes, largely based on incompatible systems from Motorola and Scientific Atlanta.
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- 2007/05/14 / 08:12