CableLabs Cooking Up New OCAP Standard
News Analysis Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading 7/7/2006
The proposed new version of the critical OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) middleware specification, known as OCAP 1.1, would incorporate IP-based tuning into the OpenCable digital TV sets and set-tops that consumer electronics makers are beginning to produce for sale in retail stores. With the IP tuner function, the retail-ready sets and set-tops would be able to carry both IP video and more conventional MPEG-based TV programming.
As a result, cable operators would have the means to compete against the heavily promoted IPTV services that AT&T and other phone companies are now starting to roll out throughout the country. Currently, cable-ready TV sets and set-top boxes don't allow for IP tuning.
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— Alan Breznick, Site Editor, Cable Digital News