CableLabs reached a nonexclusive deal with UpdateLogic to allow cable operators to deliver software updates directly to digital cable devices, including DTV sets. UpdateLogic, which transmits software updates as data “in-band” within PBS channels across the US, is the 1st independent service provider of software updates across cable networks. It successfully completed field test trials in July at select stations within the PBS network and in certain areas served by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and Insight. The deal ensures compatibility with CableLabs specs so the cable industry can enable in-band distribution of updates over cable networks. — Korean tech manufacturer OnAir Solution introduced “OnAir GT,” a mobile device allowing customers to receive HD/analog over-the-air and digital/analog cable TV transmissions on laptops. AutumWave is the North American distributor for the GT, which is also a HD DVR and a mobile video game player. — Funai licensed CableLabs’ OpenCable host specs, which enable the development and marketing of 3-way interactive digital products that run on OCAP application platform middleware.

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