CableLabs Hosts Consumer Electronics Conference This Week


Louisville, Colo. -- Executives representing
consumer-electronics manufacturers will congregate in the Denver area Tuesday (June 30) to
learn about the industry's OpenCable project and to discuss technical issues, like
removable security modules and fire-wire interfaces.

William Schleyer, head of the OpenCable project, said the
Cable Television Laboratories Inc.-led conference is particularly timely given the Federal
Communications Commission's recent issuance of "navigational-device" rules,
which apply to set-tops, TVs and other consumer-electronics devices.

"This conference takes on added importance as we seek
to design next-generation digital set-top products with the help of consumer-electronics
manufacturers and the companies that sell their products," Schleyer said.

On the discussion list: removable "PODs," or
point-of-deployment security interfaces, which consumers will ultimately receive from
cable operators. The idea: Consumers who buy set-tops or TVs at retail outlets can collect
PODs from their cable operators that authorize them to receive any premium programs that
they've ordered.