CableLabs has qualified a multistream CableCard developed by Evolution Digital, a supplier of digital cable set-top boxes and systems, and conditional-access vendor Conax.
The newly qualified card, which meets OpenCable CableCard Interface 2.0 specifications, is interoperable with any CableCard-enabled device certified by CableLabs.
A Federal Communications Commission rule that went into effect in July 2007 -- known as the integrated set-top
ban -- requires cable operators to use CableCards in leased equipment that provides advanced video services. The "common reliance" rule is intended to ensure CableCards work as well in cable-ready retail consumer electronics as they do in operator-supplier set-tops.
"Our focus as a company has been to provide low-cost digital solutions to the North American independent cable operators," Evolution Digital president Brent Smith said in a statement. "By embracing key world technology partners, like Conax, who adhere to open standards, we are able to offer operators and consumers low-cost, standards-based, FCC-approved, CableLabs-qualified products."
Conax, a subsidiary of Norwegian telecommunications operator Telenor, said it has deployed its content security technology in nearly 30 million smart cards worldwide. Evolution sells advanced MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 set-tops and DVRs, as well as TiVo HD DVRs, and will now offer those with the CableLabs-qualified CableCards.
The FCC in May granted Evolution a waiver of the integrated set-top ban for the vendor's low-cost, limited-function set-tops referred to as digital transport adapters, which also use the Conax CA system.