Samsung Electronics Gains CableLabs® Certification on 2-Way Digital Television
Louisville, Colorado, August 23, 2005—In a major milestone for cable's interactive digital evolution, Samsung Electronics has achieved Certification status for an OCAP™-enabled interactive digital television set in a recently concluded test wave held at CableLabs.
“This is a significant accomplishment. The Samsung digital television (DTV) is a very innovative retail device that can connect directly to the cable system, and receive current advanced and premium cable services, as well as future interactive applications to come. By implementing the OpenCable™ platform, a common nationwide platform for delivering interactive cable applications is enabled,” said Glenn A. Britt, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable and Chairman of the CableLabs Board of Directors. “This is a truly historic point for our industry and we couldn't have arrived at it without the strong support of forward-thinking consumer electronics companies like Samsung,“ Britt added.
“We are thrilled to achieve CableLabs Certified status, and we remain committed to commercializing interactive digital cable-ready TVs and set-top boxes (STBs) to accelerate the rollout of OCAP across the North American Cable industry,” said Gee Sung Choi, President and CEO, Digital Media Business at Samsung Electronics, Co. Ltd.
Said Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts: “With Samsung and other consumer electronics manufacturers, cable continues to lead the entertainment industry into its digital era. We are a significant step closer to having advanced devices capable of receiving and displaying advanced cable services such as program guides and video-on-demand (VOD) without requiring other boxes. Just as we stood a few years ago with modems, we are poised to offer consumers more advanced services than ever.”
Jung Soo Shin, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Division at Samsung Electronics America, Inc., added: “Samsung's participation in the OpenCable project, and close collaboration with CableLabs and the cable operators, have been critical for Samsung to develop products that run key cable services including high-definition television (HDTV), VOD, and interactive program guides.”
“Samsung is the first consumer electronics manufacturer to build a 2-way integrated digital television. This is quite a feat considering the complexity of these new devices,” said CableLabs President and CEO Dr. Richard R. Green. “As this technology is rapidly progressing, Samsung has agreed to continue to work with Cablelabs to ensure interoperability with future OCAP headend providers,” he added.
“This marks a major leap forward in DTV technology underscoring the importance of cable network connectivity and middleware in the next phase of the DTV transition,” remarked Boo Keun Yoon, Senior Vice President of Visual Display R&D at Samsung Electronics.
“This accomplishment proves out the viability of the OpenCable platform, including OCAP middleware, for interactive devices. We truly appreciate Samsung's hard work and continuing strong leadership in cable's digital transition,” said Don Dulchinos, Senior Vice President of Advanced Platforms and manager of the OpenCable project at CableLabs.
Samsung licensed technology from CableLabs last fall to implement the required OCAP middleware on its interactive DTVs and STBs. Other companies licensed to build OCAP-enabled devices include LG Electronics, Panasonic, and Digeo. “The agreements, available to any interested consumer electronics manufacturer, grant certain intellectual property rights required for building and testing OCAP-enabled retail devices in compliance with the CableLabs OpenCable specifications,” said So Vang, Director of OpenCable Software.
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., markets a broad range of award-winning, advanced digital consumer electronics, information systems and home appliance products. The SEA organization oversees the North American operations of Samsung including Samsung Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.
About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 113,000 people in over 90 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
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