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November 6, 1997updated 01 Sep 2016 5:35pm

CABLE LABS FAST TRACKS OPENCABLE INTEROPERABILITY SPEC

By CBR Staff Writer

The board of Cable Television Laboratories Inc, better know as CableLabs, has decided to speed up the adoption of the OpenCable project that will ensure interoperability between digital set-top box systems. The first boxes conforming to the standard will be ready some time next year. CableLabs is a cable industry consortium representing cable companies of North and South America and its chairman is Tele-Communications Inc’s chief executive John Malone. CableLabs received 23 responses to a request for information in late August. The OpenCable spec will not specify which processor or operating system cable boxes must use, but is a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) for vendors to interoperate at the middleware layer using current internet standards, such as HTML, CGI, JavaScript and plug-ins. The key APIs are for digital cable television signals (MPEG-2), consumer privacy system, copyright protection system, the high- speed connection interfaces, which will incorporate CableLabs other spec-of-the-moment, Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification, or DOCSIS and the interfaces required to write interactive applications.

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