Tru2way TVs arrive in Chicago, Denver

Chicago and Denver will be the first two Comcast cable TV markets to see the benefits of the Tru2way technology standard for supporting digital TV service, video on demand and open application development without a set-top box. Panasonic will begin offering two True2way-enabled HDTV models at retail stores in those markets starting this week. Both TVs recently received approval from CableLabs for multi-stream CableCARD service authorization.

Comcast likely will support more Tru2way markets and offer more TV models from more manufacturers by early next year. The standard has been seen as a competitive tool for cable TV providers to match some of the promise of IPTV-related applications, though CableLabs also has attempted to promote Tru2way as a cross-industry technology standard usable by telcos. Still, the standard's most likely telco supporter, Verizon Communications, has shied away from it.

For more:
- read this report at Light Reading's Cable Digital News

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