CableLabs Stamps Second CableCARD - Multichannel

CableLabs Stamps Second CableCARD

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Motorola Inc. became the second cable-gear vendor to gain
OpenCable-certification status for its conditional-access card, now dubbed
CableCARD.

The Motorola "MediaCipher" won certification during Cable Television
Laboratories Inc.’s latest testing round, bringing it alongside gear rival
Scientific-Atlanta Inc. as the only two vendors offering OpenCable
CableCARDs.

Formerly known as a point-of-deployment module, the CableCARD is designed to
support retail sale of set-top boxes able to deliver service from any cable
operator using an OpenCable digital-video-delivery system.

Consumers would buy the boxes fitted with CableCARD interfaces and obtain
CableCARDs from the local cable operator. The cards would contain the
authorization and conditional-access decryption needed to pass through cable
services.

The scheme is part of the recent "plug-and-play" agreement forged between the
cable and consumer-electronics industries to develop one-way cable-ready devices
available at retail.

Having OpenCable-certified cards from the two vendors that supply the lion’s
share of digital boxes to U.S. cable systems is an important step toward retail,
according to CableLabs president and CEO Richard Green.

"Now, with two of the industry’s major network providers having qualified
products, interoperable CableCARDs will be available on nearly all cable systems
across the country to cable subscribers," he said.

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