CableLabs Crafts OCAP Home Networking Spec

CableLabs Crafts OCAP Home Networking Spec

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

July 7, 2005

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CableLabs Crafts OCAP Home Networking Spec

CableLabs officials have developed an "extension" specification to their OpenCable Applications Platform (OCAP) standard for retail-ready digital cable receivers. The new OCAP modular extension spec, quietly issued in mid-May, spells out the minimum technical requirements for OpenCable-compliant set-tops that aim to hook up with other digital devices on cable networks. Specifically, the OCAP extension spec requires consumer electronics makers to create protocols enabling their set-tops to locate connected devices, find digital entertainment content stored on the devices, transfer the content between the devices and present the content to viewers. In the interest of maximum flexibility, however, the extension spec doesn't tell CE manufacturers which protocols they should adopt. Speaking at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in San Antonio last month, Frank Sandoval, director of OCAP Specifications for CableLabs, said the extension spec aims to give the cable industry a greater role in shaing the development of OpenCable boxes with home networking capabilities. In a similar effort, CableLabs officials have also crafted OCAP extension specs for digital video recording and front panel applications, among others.

About the Author(s)

Alan Breznick

Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.

As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.

Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.

He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.

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