CableLabs plans to open an office in the San Francisco Bay Area sometime in 2011, as the cable consortium seeks to take advantage of the area's deep pool of technology companies and engineers.
"Our focus will probably be primarily on working together with the companies and universities that are out there, to really understand how CableLabs can tap into the innovation in the Bay Area," CableLabs president and CEO Paul Liao said in an interview with Multichannel News.
CableLabs was founded in 1988 and originally based in Boulder, Colo., before moving to its current headquarters in Louisville outside of Denver.
Cable companies are rapidly moving to deliver video services across new Internet devices. Comcast and Time Warner Cable, for example, both have projects underway to provide programming to Samsung's broadband-connected TV without the need for an additional set-top.
Liao said CableLabs is especially interested in interactive applications but added that the Silicon Valley office also will be tracking new networking technologies.
CableLabs is in the process of scouting different office locations in the Bay Area. Liao said he expects between a half-dozen to a dozen employees to be based there.
After Liao joined CableLabs in mid-2009, he organized meetings among cable CEOs and companies in Silicon Valley. "One of the things that came out of those meetings is that we realized we could do things like using a smart TV to take advantage of what's happening out there to bring services to all these smart devices," he said. "I'm really pleased with the progress."