Monday, January 22, 2007

CableLabs Adopts IPDR Streaming Protocol

Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs) will incorporate technology from the Internet Protocol Detail Record Organization (IPDR.org) into its OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) Version 1.1 initiative.



Specifically, the set-top box (STB) mechanism for metrics gathering -- a critical function of the OCAP 1.1 specification - will be using IPDR Streaming Protocol (IPDR/SP), for encoding and transmitting metrics to a collections system within the cable operator. The evolving JSR 190, the Java Community Process (JCP) specification of an API for event reporting from JavaME platforms embedded the IPDR/SP for the same purpose. Once the adoption is complete all OCAP 1.1 set-top boxes will have the IPDR Streaming Protocol.

The full set of IPDR.org technologies include the IPDR/Streaming Protocol (IPDR/SP) transport, the IPDR binary encoding, along with open source code of reference implementations and development tools for integration of the technology into vendor solutions.

"The integration of IPDR.org technologies into OCAP represents a significant impact to the cable industry and offers cable operators the capability of providing detailed metrics from the home network with next generation television, communication and entertainment," said IPDR.org's President and COO Kelly Anderson.

http://www.ipdr.org

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