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CableLabs Releases tru2way Reference Implementation and a PC Emulator

--Says New Tools Will Facilitate Creation of Advanced Interactive TV Applications for Cable
US cable-industry research, development and standardization organization, CableLabs , announced Monday that it has completed the beta development phase of its previously announced ( see article published on itvt.com, April 2nd ) tru2way Reference Implementation and that it has made it publicly available through the OpenCable Project area on Java.net, Sun Microsystems' open-source project site. The organization bills the release as facilitating the creation of advanced interactive applications for cable networks. "I would encourage content...

CableLabs Appoints Former Panasonic CTO, Paul Liao, as President and CEO

US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs , said Wednesday that its board of directors has selected consumer electronics industry veteran, Dr. Paul Liao, as its next president and CEO, replacing Dr. Richard Green, who has led the organization since 1988, and who announced last September that he would retire when his contract expires in December, 2009. "Paul gives us the perfect blend of laboratory and research knowledge, as well as experienced business leadership,"...

14 Companies Participate in CableLabs' Addressable Advertising Interop Event

--Event Focused on Dynamic Insertion of Addressable Ads into VOD Avails
US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs, said Tuesday that 14 companies participated in an Addressable Advertising Interfaces interoperability event held at its Louisville, Colorado laboratories, during the week of June 1st. According to the organization, the event--which included multi-vendor interoperability testing for dynamic video-on-demand ad insertion and other addressable advertising technologies--saw the participation of Arris, BIAP, BlackArrow, Cisco, Concurrent, Ensequence, Motorola, OpenTV, RGB Networks, Sigma Systems, Tandberg Television, This Technology, TVN Entertainment and...

iCueTV Adds Discovery, AOL TW Commerce Veteran, Patrick Gates, to Senior Management Team

--Company Says it Successfully Tested its Platform at CableLabs' Recent Interop Event
iCueTV , a Cherry Hill, NJ-based developer of interactive TV applications for digital cable, announced Tuesday that it has appointed Patrick Gates to a senior management position (note: the company is apparently still deciding on his title, as it did not include it in the press release announcing his appointment). Gates was most recently president and general manager of Discovery Commerce, Discovery Communications' retail division, where, according to iCueTV, he led the turnaround and expansion...

CableLabs Says Record Number of Companies Participated in its Latest Interactive TV Interop Event

US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs , said Wednesday that a record 22 companies participated in its latest tru2way/EBIF interoperability event, which was held at its Louisville, Colorado facilities, May 4th through 9th. According to the organization, the week-long event featured laboratory sessions in which over 35 tru2way and ETV/EBIF applications ran across multiple headends, user agents and set-top boxes. The applications ranged from test and diagnostic apps to consumer-oriented interactive TV apps,...

CableLabs Launches ETV Test Suite and ETV Lab

US cable-industry research, development and standardization consortium, CableLabs , announced Thursday the alpha version of a new Enhanced TV (ETV) Test Suite, which is intended to support ETV user agent development (note: ETV user agents are the software components that process an ETV application on a set-top box). Based on the CableLabs Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) specification, the test suite is comprised of a set of test EBIF applications, a test plan, and...

CableLabs to Provide tru2way Reference Implementation

US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs, announced Thursday that it plans to release a source-code reference implementation of its tru2way specifications, in a bid to accelerate the development and deployment of tru2way devices and applications. The organization bills the move as a "key milestone" in the cable industry's deployment of a common software platform, in that it gives device manufacturers and application providers a single, compliant software stack for building tru2way-enabled products and...

itaas Teams with Comcast on New Program to Accelerate EBIF Deployment (NEW)

Atlanta-based interactive TV technologies and services company, itaas, has announced that it is working with Comcast on a new program to "help cable operators quickly and reliably deploy a standard interactive television platform" based on CableLabs' EBIF specification. Under the terms of the companies' deal, itaas will license an EBIF engine developed by TVWorks (note: the latter, which was initially a joint venture between Comcast and Cox, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast),...

CableLabs Releases New Modular Headend Architecture Specifications

Specs Cover Converged Video and Broadband Services
Organization Trumpets Success of its Addressable Advertising Interop
US cable industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs, has released a set of specifications which it says defines a common set of interfaces for converged video and broadband services in a modular cable network headend. The so-called Modular Headend Architecture (MHA) specifications include the existing DOCSIS Modular CMTS specifications, as well as a series of new specs that define interfaces for narrowcast MPEG digital video services, such as VOD and switched digital video. The...

CableLabs Releases New Modular Headend Architecture Specifications

--Specs Cover Converged Video and Broadband Services
--Organization Trumpets Success of its Addressable Advertising Interop US cable industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs, has released a set of specifications which it says defines a common set of interfaces for converged video and broadband services in a modular cable network headend. The so-called Modular Headend Architecture (MHA) specifications include the existing DOCSIS Modular CMTS specifications, as well as a series of new specs that...

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