[opendtv] Re: OCAP - will it continue to move forward

  • From: Kon Wilms <kon@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 12:06:31 -0700

GerryK wrote:
> major Cable MSOs and they are committed to developing OCAP
> because they believe that it will make a lot of their future applications

I've heard the term OC(r)AP thrown around a lot. YMMV.

> long term advantages. When two or three giant Cable companies are
> all that are left standing, it will be to their
> great benefit to have all their interactive applications
> running on a unified, portable format -

Left standing cause they managed to pull out of bankrupcy? By unified 
you mean SA/Motorola, right? Not like anyone else will have their boxes 
in there.

> all that being said, if OCAP eventually accepts Microsoft's offer to
> include the "dot NET" framework, then a combination of

Oh please no. I am covering my eyes now.

> a company in the Portland, Oregon, area called
> Ensequence provides software that "interprets"
> interactive TV instructions, and maps them onto the
> specific capabilities of each model of set top box
> for either digital Cable or digital satellite TV service.

Right, so they provide middleware. So do a dozen other companies. The 
real question is do you have the hardware and monetary budget to waste 
flash space with some 3rd party middleware and license it, or is it just 
easier to do it yourself. I suspect most will choose the latter.

> interactive TV features work as best they can on each
> model of set top box - so it's sort of like an advanced
> preview of the kind of universal interoperability that a
> "holy grail" version of OCAP might deliver -

Like Java's run once, debug everywhere. Processor and flash-restricted 
STBs require a very different set of assets and code finetuning to some 
bloated STB with a fat CPU and capability to run VMs and display 
high-resolution images.

There is no such thing as universal middleware that will adapt 
applications to every STB. Thats a complete and utter lie of a statement.

> contact: Jessie Dawes
> Marketing Communications Manager

More marketing, thanks.

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