?CableLabs has put several programs in place to support device manufacturers and application developers within the growing tru2way and Enhanced TV (ETV) communities.
In June, CableLabs announced the availability of the tru2way reference implementation (RI) under GPL 2.0 open source terms as a royalty-free download for software developers to deliver interactive applications such as advanced advertising and e-commerce.
CableLabs’ online developer community can be found within Java.net, the Sun Microsystems site for open source projects. Within this project, CableLabs is providing a source code reference implementation of the entire tru2way middleware stack—over one million lines of code—for no charge.
Further, through the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) Resources License Agreement, CableLabs is now providing royalty-free access to the Conformance Test Package and Automated Test Environment for manufacturers planning to submit a tru2way Host Device through the CableLabs certification process. By providing a Reference Implementation to the OCAP specification and the test package, all at no charge, device manufacturers will have barrier-free entry to the market and have the ability to rapidly incorporate changes and extensions to the platform (such as DVR and Home Networking).
A test suite for ETV is also being made available for no charge. Like tru2way, ETV enables interactive video services, but is targeted towards legacy set-top boxes with more limited functionality. ETV enables such interactive services as voting, polling, requests for information, telescoping and interactive advertising. Certain of these capabilities will be implemented across a number of cable networks in the fourth quarter of this year. ?
“These steps that CableLabs is taking provide resources for tru2way and ETV product developers, at little to no cost for them,” said CableLabs President and CEO Dr. Paul F. Liao in a statement. “We will continue to review this area and discuss other opportunities with our members and developers in order to help move this very technology into the market.”