Digeo Licenses OCAP™ Technology
Company Co-Developing OCAP Extensions to Support Advanced Media Center Capabilities
Kirkland, Washington and Louisville, Colorado, October 19, 2005—Digeo, Inc. has signed a CableLabs agreement for the OpenCable™ Application Platform (OCAP™) Specification, joining a growing list of companies—including Samsung and Panasonic—that have licensed this technology to create advanced interactive digital cable products. By signing the agreement, Digeo can now deliver OCAP-compliant set-top boxes—a key requirement for cable operators seeking to differentiate their services by giving subscribers greater choice in home electronic equipment that can run popular cable-only services such as On Demand. Digeo is also working with CableLabs to develop OCAP extensions to support advanced media center capabilities.
OCAP is the middleware software specification CableLabs has established to enable application writers to create new interactive services that will run on a broad range of advanced digital set tops and cable-ready TVs. Previously, Digeo had signed the CableLabs CableCARD™ Host Interface Licensing Agreement (CHILA) which defines the two-way host profiles that use OCAP.
“Digeo is a recognized leader in cable media centers, having just been recognized with a second Emmy® award for the Moxi™ Media Center,” said CableLabs President and CEO Dr. Richard R. Green. “We're pleased Digeo is taking its leadership a step further by supporting CableLabs' efforts to enable products that deliver OCAP-enabled interactive digital services.”
Digeo is also participating in CableLabs OpenCable project to develop a new generation of extensions for media centers, which will enable OCAP to support leading-edge services such as multi-room architecture, advanced user interfaces, and accelerated 3D rendering. Digeo will soon be contributing Visiting Engineers to work at CableLabs' Louisville facility to participate in the development of these enhancements to OCAP.
“OCAP is one of the most important industry standards emerging for the cable industry,” said Toby Farrand, chief technology officer for Digeo. “Signing this agreement represents Digeo's commitment to be an early adopter and supporter of OCAP.”
About Digeo, Inc.
Digeo serves North American cable operators by providing media center platforms that deliver superior economic performance and higher subscriber satisfaction over an extended useful lifespan. Combining industry-leading innovations in user-interface design, multi-room architecture, and media center chipsets Digeo is uniquely positioned to reinforce and extend cable's inherent advantages over competing distributors.
Moving beyond the simple DVR and digital set-top box, the Moxi™ Media Center supports and enhances key cable initiatives such as On Demand, HDTV, VoIP and OCAP while extending cable services to encompass the full range of consumer digital media such as music and photography. As the most widely deployed cable media center in North America, the Moxi Media Center has delivered proven economic value and subscriber appeal.
Backed primarily by Paul Allen's Vulcan, Inc., Digeo has offices in Kirkland, Wash.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Longmont, Colo. For more information, please visit www.digeo.com.
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