Las Vegas -- Count the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) among the groups that want to bend the ear of the Federal Communications Commission as the current set-top integration ban gets set to expire this December and the Commission pushes ahead on new CableCARD rules.
During a briefing last week at the International CES, DLNA officials confirmed that the group has submitted a request to be part of the FCC working group (called the Downloadable Security Technical Advisory Committee, or DSTAC) that will look into developing a separable security platform that would succeed the CableCARD, which has failed to generate a vibrant retail market for cable-ready video devices.
DLNA’s interest centers on VidiPath, the brand name for a set of technical guidelines (also referred to as “CVP-2”) that allow subscription TV content from multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to be supported on retail-bought devices, including set-tops, gaming consoles, tablets and PCs. Under that initiative, all content from the pay-TV provider, including live, linear TV, DVR recordings and video-on-demand fare, would be delivered securely to those devices over the home network from an MVPD-supplied gateway/server.
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