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CableLabs Reaches UpdateLogic, Funai Pacts

Cable Television Laboratories announced separate agreements with UpdateLogic and Funai Electric Tuesday.

Under terms of the former pact, the cable industry will work with UpdateLogic to enable in-band distribution of software updates over cable networks, allowing them to be delivered to digital-cable devices, including digital-television sets.

The updates are transmitted as data in-band within PBS channels across the United States.

As for Funai, the Japanese set-top manufacturer can now implement OpenCable host specifications, which enable the development and marketing of two-way interactive digital products that run OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) middleware.

The two-way agreement is called the CableCARD Host Interface Licensing Agreement (CHILA), CableLabs said.