Major Cable Operators to Miss tru2way Deadline Stipulated in MOU with CE Manufacturers

Comcast , Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications have conceded that they will not--as they had promised in a supposedly binding MOU with various consumer electronics/hardware manufacturers that was announced last spring--have tru2way technology deployed across their entire service footprints by July 1st, according to a report Tuesday by Todd Spangler in the US cable-industry trade publication, Multichannel News. However, at least two of those CE manufacturers, Samsung and Panasonic, appear to be responding to...

Cox to Launch Caller-ID on the TV in Rhode Island May 18th

Cable MSO, Cox Communications , says that it will launch caller-ID on the TV in Rhode Island on May 18th. The service--which debuted in Oklahoma City late last year (see [itvt] Issue 8.23 Part 2A )--will be offered at no additional charge to Cox customers who subscribe to both Cox Digital Telephone with Caller ID and Cox Digital Cable. Cox, which claims that it will be the only cable operator in Rhode Island to offer...

Round-Up of Recent News from itaas

--Deals with Comcast's TVWorks, Cox, BIAP, Time Warner Cable
Earlier this month, [itvt] reported that Atlanta-based interactive TV technologies and services company, itaas, 1) has been tapped by Cox Communications to provide support for developers creating, testing and launching ITV applications for the cable MSO's tru2way and ETV-EBIF implementation, via its flagship itaas istart Developer Program; and 2) has licensed an EBIF engine developed by Comcast-owned TVWorks and is now offering cable operators an EBIF deployment package that includes a license, deployment support, and...

Cox Names Pickelsimer Executive Director of Video Product Development

NDS Tapped to Develop New Interactive User Interface for Cox

--Company Opens New Indian Office, Prevails in DISH Litigation

--Integrates Jungo Middleware with TI's Puma 5 Chipsets

News Corp.-owned conditional access and interactive TV technology
provider, NDS, has been tapped by the US's third-largest cable MSO,
Cox Communications, to design a new interactive user-interface for its
legacy and next-generation set-top boxes. According to NDS, the new
UI, which will replace the operator's existing Aptiv guide, is
compatible with "many of" Cox's existing set-tops, is designed to be
forward-compatible with tru2way-enabled boxes, and can also run on
other devices, such as PC's. It is billed as integrating Cox's various

Top Six MSO's, Major CE and STB Companies, and Intel Sign tru2way MOU

-Details of MOU Revealed in FCC Filing by Comcast US cable-industry research, development and standards organization,
CableLabs, announced earlier this month that six companies have
signed a binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) on
tru2way/OCAP technology with the top-six cable operators in the US, Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Cablevision, Charter and Bright House
Networks (which together account for over 80% of US cable
subscribers and 105 million homes passed). The signatory companies
are consumer electronics manufacturers, Sony Electronics (which was

CableLabs Trumpets tru2way and ETV Presence at Cable Show

US cable-industry research, development and standards organization,
CableLabs, recently issued a press release trumpeting the "broad
exposure" enjoyed by tru2way- and ETV/EBIF-based interactive TV
applications at this year's NCTA Cable Show. Among the Cable Show
tru2way and ETV demos highlighted by CableLabs in the release: Softel-USA demo'd its multiplatform, multi-middleware MediaSphere
TX carousel playing out both tru2way and ETV applications;