Panasonic Notches Digital Milestone: Four Models Of Integrated Digital Television Sets Achieve CableLabs® OpenCable™ Certified Status
Louisville, Colorado, August 14, 2003—The cable industry achieved a digital video milestone when CableLabs announced that it had awarded certified status to Panasonic for four models of integrated digital television sets (DTVs) that will connect directly to cable television systems and receive digital services without requiring set-top boxes.
The announcement followed completion of a wave of certification testing conducted as part of the CableLabs OpenCable™ project.
Panasonic's four certified DTVs will be able to directly receive High Definition (HDTV) and other one-way digital programs via cable, including premium services, on cable systems throughout the United States and Canada without the need for a set-top box.
"This accomplishment by Panasonic and CableLabs is to be commended. It marks a great step forward for consumers, and for cable and consumer electronics companies as we both seek to serve consumers with easier access to new digital services," said Mark Coblitz, Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning of Comcast Corporation. "I suspect we will see DTVs at retail stores sooner now because of Panasonic's achievement." Coblitz added.
"With multiple models of Panasonic-brand digital sets that are CableLabs certified, coupled with multiple providers of CableCARDs™, cable continues to exhibit its support of this country's move toward availability of digital services," said Mike Hayashi, Senior Vice President, Advanced Engineering and Subscriber Technology at Time Warner Cable, and Chairman of the CableLabs OpenCable Certification Board.
"The market place has been enhanced by having a manufacturer like Panasonic now in position to sell cable digital sets through retail," said Dallas Clement, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development at Cox Communications, Inc. "This is great news for us, for consumers, and for retailers."
"This is a significant accomplishment. Due to the diligence and effort of Panasonic and CableLabs we will see retail sales in the near term, making it easier for consumers and the retail industry to benefit from cable's digital services," said Wayne Davis, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology Operations at Charter Communications. "This is a great step forward."
"We are delighted to have this leadership position in the cable television digital market," said Paul Liao, President of Panasonic Technologies Company and Chief Technology Officer of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, which is best known by its Panasonic brand. "We have worked hard in our labs and with the CableLabs staff and we expect to see these products in retail distribution this holiday season," added Sai Naimpally, President of Panasonic AVC American Laboratory Company. "The CableLabs certification process was professional and highly efficient in the evaluation of our DTVs." Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, which is best known by its Panasonic brand, is a subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC), which is based in Osaka, Japan.
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