CableLabs, CTAM Make CES Push

Although cable companies are largely not exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, the industry is trying harder than ever to make its presence felt at the show. In the latest example today, CableLabs announced that Korean manufacturer LG Electronics has signed license deals to put OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP)-compliant middleware on its new digital TV sets and set-top boxes. The agreements will allow LG to build two-way digital devices with OCAP middleware even before the cable and consumer electronics industries reach agreement on a two-way plug-and-play digital cable standard. The CableLabs announcement came just one day after CTAM released a study showing that digital and premium cable customers are more likely than other consumers to buy high-definition TV (HDTV) sets, install home networks and purchase other consumer electronics gear. The study found that 13% of digital cable subscribers and 14% of premium cable customers plan to buy HDTV sets in the next year, as opposed to 8% of all households. Similarly, 11% of both digital and premium cable subscribers plan to install a home network in the next year, compared with 6% of total households.
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