NCTA, CEA Making Progress


The National Cable & Telecommunications Association and the Consumer Electronics Association reported some progress in the latest report surrounding the two-way, bidirectional cable set-top discussions.

Charged by the Federal Communications Commission to report progress every 60 days, the two groups said agreement has been reached on a number of smaller issues pertaining to two-way discussions.

OCAP, the OpenCable Application Platform, will be used as the middleware on interactive digital-cable-ready devices, the NCTA and the CEA agreed.

The two groups also said they are developing guidelines for performance-testing digital-video-recorder devices, and they have begun detailed discussions on content-protection requirements in interactive devices.

The NCTA also said it expects to file the license for downloadable security with the FCC by Nov. 30.