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CableLabs Cooking Up New OCAP Standard

Seeking to improve the cable industry's competitive positioning, CableLabs is drafting a new technical standard for digital cable-ready TV sets and set-top boxes that would enable them to deliver IP-based multimedia streams to the home.

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.

Get all the details at Cable Digital News.

— Alan Breznick, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

Michael Harris 12/5/2012 | 3:49:32 AM
re: CableLabs Cooking Up New OCAP Standard MSOs are indeed interested in IPTV, but in the near term that means using a hybrid solution. The plan is to use DOCSIS cable modems in set-top boxes to tune into specialized IP video content, while using legacy MPEG-2 delivery for the majority of their fare. OCAP 1.1 may help the cause. Will Comcast have IPTV before SBC has HDTV?
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