Cox Communications may back the Open Media Security alternative to CableCARD that already has been embraced by Cablevision Systems (NYSE: CVC), with the blessing of CableLabs, Light Reading Cable reports. It is not clear whether or not that will lead to a decision by Cox to deploy OMS, but the ability for OMS to work alongside Tru2way systems positions the technology well with Cox, which has been aggressive with Tru2way (Cox actually worked with OMS vendor backer NDS on its Tru2way project).
LRC suggests the increasing movement toward OMS by two major operators could help start driving the cost of the technology down, and could help vendors like NDS and Samsung--which are both involved in Cablevision's deployment--compete against larger vendors like Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Motorola (NYSE: MMI).
- see this Light Reading Cable story
Cablevision got CableLabs to bless its OMS move
The NCTA and others have pushed for CableCARD's demise