The importance of the GEM application programming interface to the US cable market has been officially recognised by the body that created its sister-standard MHP.
The Geneva-based DVB Project has said from now on MHP will reference GEM, rather than vice-versa, as has previously been the case. The decision to “re-factor” the GEM and MHP specifications was taken at the 80th meeting of the DVB Technical Module.
Two new documents have now been forwarded to the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) Broadcast with a view to turning them into new ETSI Technical Specifications (TS).
GEM is the foundation for the US tru2way interactive platform supported by the CableLabs organisation.
MHP has struggled to gain a firm foothold in Europe and has been dogged by a patent pool process that added significant costs to receivers running the middleware.