Sunday, November 25, 2007

Cable Industry Agrees on Switched Digital Spec for One-Way Digital Cable Ready Devices

CableLabs, along with TiVo, Motorola, Scientific-Atlanta, BigBand Networks and C-COR, announced a solution that extends the functionality of certain Unidirectional Digital Cable Ready Products (UDCPs) that use CableCARDs to access switched digital services previously unavailable to such devices.


CableLabs recently developed specifications for a new external interface that enables UDCPs equipped with a USB connector and necessary firmware to access switched digital cable channels, benefiting both cable operators and consumers. A new adapter using this interface will attach to the UDCP device so the device can access switched digital cable channels.



The new adapter is expected to become available to consumers in the first half of 2008.



TiVo confirmed that the new external adapter will attach to TiVo Series 3 HD DVRs and TiVo HD DVRs to ensure the DVRs can directly access all digital channels including switched digital cable channels without a set-top box.

http://www.cablelabs.com

http://www.tivo.com

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