Samsung, Time Warner Cable and Advance/Newhouse Join Together to Launch OCAP on Interactive HDTV Sets and HD Set-Top Boxes
Samsung, Time Warner Cable and Advance/Newhouse Communications announced that interactive digital cable services are now live on the Samsung HL-S5686C Open Cable Application Platform (OCAPTM) compliant DLP HDTV and SMT-H3050 High Definition Set-top Boxes (HDSTB) in Time Warner Cable’s New York City systems, and will soon be expanding to other Time Warner Cable cities, including Milwaukee, WI, and cities covered by Advance/Newhouse’s Bright House Networks cable systems.
The announcement was made today concurrent with the opening night of Time Warner Cable’s Home to the Future exhibit. Home to the Future (www.hometothefuture.com) is a four-story, interactive installation built inside the Time Warner Center at New York City’s Columbus Circle that opens to the public January 17 and lasts for three weeks.
Time Warner Cable’s new interactive cable service includes its OCAP Digital Navigator and its in-house developed Interactive Program Guide. In 2007, Time Warner Cable and Advance/Newhouse Communications will continue to rollout OCAP on Samsung OpenCable products in other divisions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
“Samsung is excited to see the commercial launch of OCAP on our HDTVs and High Definition STBs,” said DJ Oh, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. “Time Warner Cable and Advance/Newhouse Communications through its Bright House Networks cable systems have been instrumental in leading the North American cable industry to accelerate the deployment of OpenCable technology.”
“This underlines our commitment to fully deploy OCAP on all of our systems and confirms our growing relationship with Samsung, a leader in consumer electronics,” said Glenn Britt, President and CEO of Time Warner Cable. “OCAP will foster the national launch of interactive applications and these Samsung products will enable consumers to enjoy the full range of interactive services with or without a set-top box.”
“We are pleased by the progress made through our partnership with Samsung and Time Warner Cable towards making OCAP a deployable reality,” said Robert Miron, Chairman and CEO of Advance/Newhouse Communications. “This exemplifies our core commitment to continuously providing more choice and value to our Bright House Network customers.”
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, advanced digital consumer electronics, information systems and home appliance products. The SEA organization oversees the North American operations of Samsung including Samsung Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.
About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2005 parent company sales of US$56.7 billion and net income of US$7.5 billion. Employing approximately 128,000 people in over 90 offices in 51 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable owns and manages cable systems serving 13.5 million subscribers in 33 states. Passing approximately 26 million homes, Time Warner Cable includes some of the most technologically advanced and best-clustered cable systems in the country, with nearly 85 percent of the Company’s customers located in five geographic regions: New York, Texas, Ohio, the Carolinas and southern California. Leveraging its leadership in innovation and quality customer care, Time Warner Cable delivers advanced products and services such as video on demand, high definition television, digital video recorders, high-speed data and Digital Phone. Time Warner Cable is a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX).
About Advance/Newhouse Communications / Bright House Networks
Advance/Newhouse manages Bright House Networks, which serves more than 2.3 million subscribers in cable television systems located in and around Tampa Bay, Central Florida, Indianapolis, Birmingham, Bakersfield and Detroit along with several smaller systems in Alabama and panhandle Florida. Advance/Newhouse is a privately held company headquartered in Syracuse, New York. The Advance/Newhouse partners’ other interests include Cond© Nast magazines, PARADE magazine, daily newspapers serving 26 cities, American City Business Journals, which publishes business journals in over 40 cities, Advance Internet and Cond©Net, producers of online services, and a significant interest in Discovery Communications, Inc.