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CableLabs: 14 have signed PHILA license

Sun, 03/30/2003 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

CableLabs said the number of companies to sign its POD-Host Interface License Agreement (PHILA) has reached 14.

TV maker Pioneer Consumer Electronics and chipmaker Broadcom Corp. are among the recent signatories, CableLabs said. Pioneer has also signed the license agreement to support its digital set-top efforts.

Others to sign the agreement include: Samsung Electronics America Inc., Motorola Broadband, Scientific-Atlanta and Pace Micro Technology Americas.

CableLabs has not revealed the others because those companies have not yet agreed to have their names released as a PHILA signatory. "A number of other customers have signed [PHILA], but have asked CableLabs to keep it private as part of their business decisions," said CableLabs Senior Vice President of Communications Mike Schwartz.

The PHILA license provides vendors access to Motorola Broadband's proprietary (Dynamic Feedback Arrangement Scrambling Technique) copy protection technology. DFAST works in conjunction with POD modules that, when inserted into the POD-host interface of OpenCable-based devices (set-tops, TVs, etc.), authorize access to encryption-protected pay television networks and other premium programming.

Cable operators will supply the POD modules to their digital customers.

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