A batch of cable MSOs, vendors and programmers have launched a contest that aims to find the best and brightest applications for OCAP (OpenCable Application Platform), a CableLabs-specified middleware that will populate OpenCable-based digital TVs and set-tops and will likely serve as a key piece of the evolving two-way Plug & Play agreement for set-top-free digital televisions.
The contest, launched this week at the JavaOne Conference in San Francisco, is open to application developers who use Java, a technology central to OCAP and the Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) standard.
The contest has four categories: stand-alone applications (virtual channel); advertising; live events (sporting events, award shows, game shows, etc.); and innovation (for standard programming). Winners of each category will receive $1,000 in cash. The overall winner will receive a DLP HD-ready television.
Organizers will close the contest on Oct. 1, and give contestants 90 days to develop the application. Participants will develop their applications on a standard PC using Vidiom Systems' VISION Workbench OCAP Simulator. Entry kits are available on the Web.
In addition to Vidiom, other contest sponsors include Advance/Newhouse, Cablevision Systems, Comcast Corp., Cox Communications, Discovery Communications, G4techTV, Sun Microsystems and Time Warner Cable.