US cable operator Comcast has chosen to start a tru2way software integration project that utilises the Cable Labs tru2way Reference Implementation (RI) and has selected NDS to do the job.
As the prime integrator, NDS will lead set-top box testing, code development and success validation for the integration of new tru2way applications and devices for Comcast. tru2way is the consumer name for the Open Cable standard, which allows consumers a free choice of cable receiving equipment including set-tops, TV sets and PVRs with built-in cable tuners.
NDS will provide Comcast with services that optimise the RI stack, enabling uniform and reliable porting to tru2way STBs. This will allow Comcast to run the same applications and services across multiple models of STBs, offering a consistent user experience for subscribers and providing the company with the freedom to use a variety of hardware platforms. The NDS team will work to build the RI testing tool, implement the tests against the different STBs, develop code and assist in fixing any issues.
“We are committed to the Cable Labs Reference Implementation and its deployment on tru2way devices,” said Mark Hess, SVP of Advanced Business and Technology Development at Comcast. “NDS has tremendous experience in working with video operators around the world and has proven its ability to offer reliable, timely and highly competent solutions as an integrations partner. We’re eager to begin our work together to enhance the RI, which will help advance the industry’s adoption of tru2way while also enabling us to bring to our customers interactive services.”
“We at NDS are thrilled to partner with one of the country’s most forward-thinking and innovative television service providers,” said Stuart McGeechan, VP and general manager of Professional Services, NDS. “Our integration and professional services work has been recognised as dependable and effective in providing complex technical solutions to the US cable market. We are greatly looking forward to integrating the secure RI application into the Comcast portfolio, as this agreement further underlines our successful approach of bringing together best of breed products and solutions while cementing our position as a reliable and trusted ‘go to’ partner for North American cable companies.”