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Panasonic, CableLabs Sign OCAP Deal

Panasonic has signed an agreement with CableLabs that allows the electronics manufacturer to implement OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) middleware on digital devices.

The two-way agreement--CableCARD, Host Interface Licensing Agreement (CHILA)--enables cable-ready digital TVs, set-top boxes and other consumer products to have interactive program guides and VOD services delivered by cable operators.

"We are eagerly looking forward to bringing a full range of Panasonic fully interactive, two-way digital cable products to market," said Paul Liao, chief technology officer for Panasonic.