CableLabs greenlights Samsung TV for OpenCable

Wed, 12/17/2003 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

CableLabs said it has awarded its OpenCable certification to Samsung Electronics for a set-top-free digital television.

The Samsung model is capable of receiving high-definition television programming and other unidirectional digital programs, including premium services, sans the need for a separate set-top box.

"Consistent with [certification], we look forward to Samsung's continued product development effort ultimately to OCAP," said Mike Hayashi, senior vice president for subscriber technology and advanced engineering at Time Warner Cable and chairman of the OpenCable Certification Committee. OCAP, an acronym for the OpenCable Applications Platform, is a specified middleware for OpenCable-based "hosts" such as digital televisions and set-tops.

OpenCable developments also run alongside the cable-CE sponsored and FCC-adopted Plug & Play agreement for set-top-free digital televisions. Products for both projects use removable CableCARD devices that authorize premium digital services.

In August, Panasonic became the first TV manufacturer to win OpenCable certification when CableLabs stamped approval on four models.


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