10.27.2003 12:00 PM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Cable plug-and-play: Now comes the invoice

Some hefty bills are coming to TV set manufacturers for the recent cable “plug-and-play” technology approved by the FCC.

CableLabs, the R&D arm of the cable television industry, has issued the license agreement and pricing information for the proprietary DFAST encryption technology that is necessary to enable consumer electronics devices to connect directly to cable networks nationwide.

The license enables manufacturers to make integrated digital televisions that directly receive high-definition television and other digital programs, including premium services, without a set-top box. Other unidirectional devices, including digital set-top boxes and digital video recorders, also may be built under the license.

Under the new fee schedule, CableLabs requires an annual maintenance fee of $17,000 for the manufacturer’s first site and $7,500 per each additional site. License fees are .07 cents per digital certificate with a minimum order of 10,000 certificates. Other fees include $30,000 for a certification run by CableLabs, $20,000 for a practice run by CableLabs, and $9,500 a week or $2,000 a day for CableLabs facilities.

The agreement is available at www.cablelabs.com/udcp.

Back to the top

Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found

Thursday 11:07 AM
The Best Deconstruction of a 4K Shoot You'll Ever Read
With higher resolutions and larger HD screens, wide shots using very wide lenses can be a problem because they allow viewers to see that infinity doesn’t quite resolve into perfect sharpness.

Featured Articles
Exhibitions & Events
Discover TV Technology