CableLabs to Create Spec for Off-Air Signals

3/02/2007 8:19 AM Eastern

Cable Television Laboratories said it is developing a set of specifications that would allow set-top boxes to receive off-air digital-broadcast signals, either via built-in tuners or through external off-air tuners.

CableLabs, the cable industry’s research and development consortium, has not set a time frame for the development of the spec.

The Federal Communications Commission has mandated that broadcasters switch to digital over-the-air signals by February 2009.

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