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CableLabs in the News, Week of March 21

By James Kerley, CableLabs –

It’s been a busy week for CableLabs, with a lot of work being done in the world of DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). Here are some of the highlights:

DLNA CVP-2 Guidelines Enable Multi-screen Content Through Set-top Boxes

An exciting development for consumers and cable operators alike, CableLabs was closely involved in the publishing of the DLNA CVP-2 guidelines this week. These guidelines will allow for content providers to provide premium, multi-screen content right through a set-top box, as opposed to a gateway or router. As Tom Lookabaugh, Chief R&D Officer of CableLabs put it: “This is a win for all stakeholders.”

You can read about the new guidelines and what they might mean at CED Magazine or HiddenWires.

For a more consumer-oriented look at the guidelines, check out Jeff Baumgartner’s piece from Multichannel News.

Gainspeed IDs ‘Virtual’ CCAP Tech Partners

You may recall news last week about a new CableLabs project investigating a “virtual” form of Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP).  Meanwhile, Multichannel News found that Gainspeed, a startup actively developing a virtual CCAP, has identified four development partners: Juniper Networks, CommScope, Netgear and JDSU.

If a virtual CCAP is developed, the CableLabs project will become very important as the decision is made whether to create new specifications.

NCTA Reveals Initial Lineup for The Cable Show 2014

Finally, for those attending this year’s Cable Show, it’s never too early to start scheduling who you’ll see speak.

Do you have any news tips related to CableLabs that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.