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| MPT Urges New Standards for Digital Cable TV Terminals
March 9, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Digital cable television (CATV) terminals need
to be standardized, a Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications study
group said in a final report.
|The study group was established in December 1997 for the purpose of disseminating digital CATV in Japan. The report mainly discusses issues
related to technical support for standardization of Digital CATV and
it includes plans to promote digital CATV.
The group mentions that Cable Television Laboratories Inc. (CableLabs),
a CATV research consortium in the United States (http://www.cablelabs.com/),
is promoting the OpenCable standard specifications to improve compatibility
among CATV terminals and usability among CATV system operators.
The report proposes the establishment of similar standard specifications
tailored to Japan's environment for CATV. For example, a user should
hold two or more customer IC cards for accessing several CATV stations
through one terminal.
The study group concludes that the government should set a policy for
supporting research and development (R&D;) as well as standardization
of digital CATV systems under such a basic infrastructure.
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