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Samsung gets the okay for two-way

Tue, 08/23/2005 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Samsung Electronics has become the first television maker to win CableLabs certification for an interactive, two-way digital television equipped with OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) middleware.

It marks a significant milestone for set-top free televisions capable of handling interactive digital cable content and services, including video-on-demand (VOD). Previously, CableLabs had handed out passing grades only to unidirectional, one-way televisions. A current list of manufacturers with certified, verified or self-verified unidirectional cable products is listed on the Web (pdf).

"The Samsung digital television is a very innovative retail device that can connect directly to the cable system, and receive current advanced and premium cable services, as well as future interactive applications to come," said Time Warner Cable CEO and CableLabs Chairman Glenn Britt, in a statement.

"We are a significant step closer to having advanced devices capable of receiving and displaying advanced cable services such as program guides and video-on-demand without requiring other boxes," added Comcast Corp. Chairman & CEO Brian Roberts.

Samsung signed a license last fall to incorporate OCAP into its line of interactive digital televisions and set-tops. Others to sign the agreement, dubbed the CableCARD Host Interface Licensing Agreement (CHILA), include LG Electronics, Panasonic and Digeo Inc.

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