SCTE approved OCAP as standard No. 100
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.