Louisville, Colo. — CableLabs, a cable television industry standards-setting body, said Samsung Electronics has become the first consumer electronics manufacturer to sign an agreement to use its Downloadable Conditional Access System (DCAS) technology for retail consumer electronics devices.
Downloadable CAS offers a cost-effective, cable company agnostic, solution for interactive, two-way devices that connect to cable systems, CableLabs said. The DCAS system is seen by some in the cable industry as a better solution than CableCARDs for providing conditional access to digital-cable-ready devices.
The technology allows cable operators to download a conditional access system of choice to devices connected to the cable network. Downloadable CAS is designed to operate with cable set-top boxes as well as integrated DTVs and other retail devices that include a special chip, CableLabs said.
“Downloadable CAS is an excellent solution for bidirectional two-way devices,” said Jung Soo Shin, Samsung Electronics America CE division president said.