CableLabs has announced that the OpenCable Certification Board
has awarded qualified status to a point-of-deployment (POD) removable
security module from Scientific-Atlanta (SA). .
An official release states that the POD modules are a critical
element in enabling manufacturers and retailers to engage in retail
sale of interoperable navigation devices, such as set-top boxes
and integrated digital television sets. PODs enable a device to
decode encrypted, or scrambled content that crosses the POD-host
interface. A host may be a set-top box, an integrated digital television
receiver or any other digital device. .
This POD-Host architecture is a key component of the recently
announced MSO-Cable “Plug-and-Play” Agreement. Timely testing and
qualification of Scientific-Atlanta’s product demonstrates the cable
industry’s ongoing commitment to that historic industry agreement,
the release says.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 directed the FCC to create rules
that would allow consumers to obtain set tops and other equipment
from commercial sources, such as retailers, manufacturers and other
sources besides cable operators. The cable industry, through OpenCable,
began working on the next-generation set top in 1997.
Later, the FCC acknowledged OpenCable as the most efficient vehicle
by which to accomplish its regulatory objectives. OpenCable took
on the technology mission of achieving interoperable, specification-based
advanced digital video functionality allowing retail sale of set
tops developed by multiple manufacturers.