Samsung Scores a Pair of Big Deals

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San Francisco— New and traditional cable set-top vendors sketched out the next generation of boxes at the National Show last week.

Samsung Corp. disclosed some OpenCable Applications Platform (OCAP) milestones it hit with Time Warner Cable and inked an agreement to collaborate with Digeo on a next-generation box.

Samsung signed Cable Television Laboratories Inc.’s Cable Host Interface License Agreement (CHILA), paving the way for OCAP development work. And the manufacturer’s deal with Time Warner Cable — which also extends to Bright House Networks — provides for applications proffered by these MSOs to run on Samsung’s OCAP-capable TVs.

Time Warner is proffering a new OCAP digital navigator electronic program guide that can provide detailed programming information to sets like those Samsung will build.

“Our goal in taking a lead role with our partners is to build the OCAP standard, spur technology development and create new consumer devices,” said Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt in a statement.

Samsung also announced it will start building Digeo’s Moxi II Media Center, the company’s next generation digital set-top. Charter Communications Inc. and Adelphia Communications Corp. have agreed to purchase Samsung Home Media Center products, the two companies said.

Digeo also said it had signed a CHILA agreement with CableLabs, which will bring OCAP applications to the Digeo platform. That set-top will include a two-way CableCARD, Digeo said.

Digeo also announced that Comcast was in trials with the Motorola Broadband Media Center with Moxi in Huntsville, Ala.

In other news, Scientific-Atlanta Inc. introduced its new MCP-100 media center DVR that sports a built-in DVD burner.

The set-top includes a multi-tuner digital video recorder, optional HD DVR, Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification digital signaling gateway and multi-room DVR capability.

The DVD burner will be able to handle HD and standard-definition content. S-A said the DVD burner will handle most of the major writeable DVD formats, and also will play off-the-shelf DVDs and CDs.

Copy protection is also built into the set-top.