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SCTE approved OCAP as standard No. 100

Wed, 02/12/2003 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers reached a milestone Thursday, approving the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) as its 100th cable telecommunications standard.

Prepared as a standard by the SCTE's Cable Applications Platform Subcommittee, OCAP is a middleware stack for forthcoming OpenCable-based "hosts" such as set-tops and televisions. CableLabs, which first introduced OCAP as a specification, completed the spec in January 2002. It's expected that CableLabs will begin OCAP-compliance testing sometime in the fourth quarter of 2003.

Dubbed the Application Platform Standard Part 1: OCAP 1.0 Profile, the new SCTE standard is largely based on the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB)-Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) specification, a combination already popular in Europe.

"We're thrilled that we've moved from a collection of 12 SCTE standards to 100 in just two years," said SCTE Vice President of Standards Steve Oksala.

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