CableLabs has put together several programs that were designed to further support the tru2way and enhanced TV (ETV) communities.
CableLabs said the programs, which create ecosystems for tru2way and ETV, were put in place for device manufacturers, application developers and other important stakeholders in tru2way and ETV.
“These steps that CableLabs is taking provide resources for tru2way and ETV product developers, at little to no cost for them,” said CableLabs President and CEO Paul Liao. “We will continue to review this area and discuss other opportunities with our members and developers in order to help move this very technology into the market.”
CableLabs is making a concerted effort to get tru2way up and running with cable operators. In June, CableLabs announced the availability of the tru2way reference implementation (RI) under GPL 2.0 open source terms.
CableLabs said that making the reference implementation widely available at no cost would improve the stability of the platform by offering a consistent interpretation of the specification.
Software developers could also benefit by having a definitive platform to deliver interactive applications such as advanced advertising, e-commerce and other services.
CableLabs’ online developer community can be found on Java.net, Sun Microsystems’ site for open source projects. Within this project, CableLabs is providing a source code reference implementation of the entire tru2way middleware stack – more than 1 million lines of code – for no charge.
"Open-sourcing the tru2way reference implementation has provided an important forum for all tru2way stakeholders,” said Sree Kotay, senior vice president and chief software architect at Comcast. “In the little more than two months that the source code to these software resources have been made available, hundreds of developers have downloaded the tru2way RI.
“More importantly, we are beginning to see substantive contributions coming back from these developers, making this initiative an open source project in reality, as well as in spirit. This is an important step in the lifecycle of any healthy open source software project, and we’re looking forward to continuing to build on this momentum.”
In order to provide an alternative licensing model to the GPL 2.0 open source process, CableLabs announced that it would offer a commercial use license, also at no charge.
A test suite for ETV is also being made available for no charge.
Lastly, to ensure better interoperability with cable operator applications, guides and networks, CableLabs has beefed up its interoperability testing capabilities. The interoperability lab now includes current cable operator guides and network-specific tests from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox. CableLabs said further interoperability testing would also improve product performance in the real world.