Microsoft Signs OpenCable Agreement

Microsoft has inked a deal with CableLabs and agreed to contribute "pertinent intellectual property rights" to the OpenCable project, including the OCAP software project.

Microsoft and CableLabs will research the possibility of adding .NET common language infrastructure to future OCAP versions beyond the existing 1.0 and 2.0. The addition of .NET would allow a common runtime between computing devices including set-top boxes and PCs. Both groups agree that any new functions will maintain compatibility with older OCAP versions.

Microsoft is adding features to its VisualStudio .NET software tool to support development of OCAP presentation layer applications with the OCAP 2.0 release. Microsoft expects to demonstrate its TV software solution with OCAP 1.0 and .NET applications at Cable 2003 in Chicago.