Back at The Cable Show, one of the things Motorola announced was a new OCAP software developer kit (SDK). Doesn’t sound sexy, but it’s pretty revolutionary for the cable industry. Now that operators have committed to rolling out OCAP, the next step is to get developers on board to create new applications for the platform. Think weather and news tickers, simple interactive web pop-ups and maybe a little in the gaming arena. Oh yeah, and new electronic program guides.
The SDK itself is at a level where small development shops can take advantage of technology tools that used to be available only to the big guys who could rent time with a cable headend. It includes a PC-based simulator and access to extensions specifically added to Motorola’s OCAP stack. The reaction from developers at the Cable Show was decidedly positive, and usually included the question, “When can I get it?!”
More on the SDK later. In the meantime, see more pics after the jump. The SDK should officially become available in Q3.