CableLabs has created a new, streamlined approval process for consumer electronics companies that wish to produce tru2way capable devices for interactive cable services. Part of the new agreement allows CE vendors to ‘self-certify’ tru2way two-way cable products. Formerly CableLabs required all two-way devices to be submitted for testing and certification by CableLabs itself. Samsung is the first CE vendor to sign the new agreement.
The agreement also allows CE vendors to formally participate in CableLabs processes and includes a license to use the tru2way trademark. The new agreement consolidates and simplifies two separate licenses, the CableCARD Host Licensing Agreement (Chila) and the OpenCable Application Platform Implementer Agreement. Formerly both were required for any CE vendor who wished to implement tru2way in their devices.