Milpitas, Calif. -- DiviCom Inc. will introduce an
interactive set-top-box controller this week that lets cable operators deliver TCP/IP
protocol) applications like Web browsing, e-mail, stock
tickers and electronic program guides.
Called "InterSect," the controller is based on
the European DVB/DAVIC (Digital Video Broadcast/Digital Audio-Video Interactive
Communications) format, and it will, as such, be introduced at this week's IBC show
in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The IP traffic is sent in a 1-megahertz or 2-MHz
out-of-band channel over HFC (hybrid fiber-coaxial) systems to home set-tops, executives
said. It is that out-of-band signaling path that makes DAVIC different from U.S.
interactive standards, DiviCom executives said.
DiviCom officials said in a prepared statement that the
company is "actively working with several manufacturers," which will make
set-tops anchored by the InterSect system. InterSect will be commercially available for
cable-operator use by year-end.
"Combined with our encoder products, InterSect can
help our customers to expand their revenue streams," said Tom Lookabaugh, president
DiviCom does plan to market the InterSect platform to U.S.
operators, but it said market momentum from European deployments will accelerate U.S.
A time line included with DiviCom's press materials
shows that the manufacturer plans to prepare an OpenCable demonstration for the Western
Show later this year.