CableLabs Launches ETV Test Suite

Enhanced TV test suite comprises a set of test EBIF applications, a test plan, and test controller software

April 27, 2009

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LOUISVILLE, Colo. -- CableLabs® announced today the alpha version of the Enhanced TV (ETV) Test Suite to support user agent development. Based on the CableLabs’ Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) specification, the test suite comprises a set of test EBIF applications, a test plan, and test controller software (with source code). ETV user agents are the software components that process an ETV application on a set-top box.

The test suite provides preliminary test coverage for developers of ETV user agents. CableLabs will continue to expand test coverage and provide updates to the suite in the coming months.

In support of the ETV initiative, CableLabs hosts ongoing ETV and tru2way™ interoperability events. Interested parties with programs, devices, or support tools are invited to participate. The contact for the interops and for licensing the test suite is Senior Manager of Vendor Relations in the OpenCable Department, Phil Bender, [email protected].

In conjunction with the availability of the ETV test suite, CableLabs also announced additions to its state of the art laboratory facilities that include support for the ETV platform. The ETV Lab includes a comprehensive collection of ETV user agents for both legacy set-top boxes and tru2way devices from the major cable operators, as well as test applications, example commercial applications, and various test tools. The ETV Lab is open to application developers, programmers, cable operators, and device manufacturers. For details see

Steve Reynolds, Comcast Senior Vice President of Premise Technology, said: “ETV is going to play an important role in the interactive digital video services MSOs will be introducing as indicated by the large volume of EBIF and ETV applications on display at the recent Cable Show. This new ETV initiative from CableLabs is another example of the cross-industry collaboration that will lead to new ways for consumers to interact with content on their TVs.”

Cable Television Laboratories Inc. (CableLabs)

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