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FCC 76.640
Revised as of December 6, 2018
Goto Year:2018 | 2020
  § 76.640   Support for unidirectional digital cable products on digital cable
systems.

   (a) The requirements of this section shall apply to digital cable
   systems. For purposes of this section, digital cable systems shall be
   defined as a cable system with one or more channels utilizing QAM
   modulation for transporting programs and services from its headend to
   receiving devices. Cable systems that only pass through 8 VSB broadcast
   signals shall not be considered digital cable systems.

   (b) No later than July 1, 2004, cable operators shall support
   unidirectional digital cable products, as defined in § 15.123 of this
   chapter, through the provisioning of Point of Deployment modules (PODs)
   and services, as follows:

   (1) Digital cable systems with an activated channel capacity of 750 MHz
   or greater shall comply with the following technical standards and
   requirements:

   (i) ANSI/SCTE 40 2016 (incorporated by reference, see § 76.602),
   provided however that the “transit delay for most distant customer”
   requirement in Table 4.3 is not mandatory.

   (ii) ANSI/SCTE 65 2002 (formerly DVS 234): “Service Information
   Delivered Out-of-Band for Digital Cable Television” (incorporated by
   reference, see § 76.602), provided however that the referenced Source
   Name Subtable shall be provided for Profiles 1, 2, and 3.

   (iii) ANSI/SCTE 54 2003 (formerly DVS 241): “Digital Video Service
   Multiplex and Transport System Standard for Cable Television”
   (incorporated by reference, see § 76.602).

   (iv) For each digital transport stream that includes one or more
   services carried in-the-clear, such transport stream shall include
   virtual channel data in-band in the form of ATSC A/65B: “ATSC Standard:
   Program and System Information Protocol for Terrestrial Broadcast and
   Cable (Revision B)” (incorporated by reference, see § 76.602), when
   available from the content provider. With respect to in-band transport:

   (A) The data shall, at minimum, describe services carried within the
   transport stream carrying the PSIP data itself;

   (B) PSIP data describing a twelve-hour time period shall be carried for
   each service in the transport stream. This twelve-hour period
   corresponds to delivery of the following event information tables:
   EIT-0, -1, -2 and -3;

   (C) The format of event information data format shall conform to ATSC
   A/65B: “ATSC Standard: Program and System Information Protocol for
   Terrestrial Broadcast and Cable (Revision B)” (incorporated by
   reference, see § 76.602);

   (D) Each channel shall be identified by a one- or two-part channel
   number and a textual channel name; and

   (E) The total bandwidth for PSIP data may be limited by the cable
   system to 80 kbps for a 27 Mbits multiplex and 115 kbps for a 38.8
   Mbits multiplex.

   (v) When service information tables are transmitted out-of-band for
   scrambled services:

   (A) The data shall, at minimum, describe services carried within the
   transport stream carrying the PSIP data itself;

   (B) A virtual channel table shall be provided via the extended channel
   interface from the POD module. Tables to be included shall conform to
   ANSI/SCTE 65 2002 (formerly DVS 234): “Service Information Delivered
   Out-of-Band for Digital Cable Television” (incorporated by reference,
   see § 76.602).

   (C) Event information data when present shall conform to ANSI/SCTE 65
   2002 (formerly DVS 234): “Service Information Delivered Out-of-Band for
   Digital Cable Television” (incorporated by reference, see § 76.602)
   (profiles 4 or higher).

   (D) Each channel shall be identified by a one-or two-part channel
   number and a textual channel name; and

   (E) The channel number identified with out-of-band signaling
   information data should match the channel identified with in-band PSIP
   data for all unscrambled in-the-clear services.

   (2) All digital cable systems shall comply with:

   (i) SCTE 28 2003 (formerly DVS 295): “Host-POD Interface Standard”
   (incorporated by reference, see § 76.602).

   (ii) SCTE 41 2003 (formerly DVS 301): “POD Copy Protection System”
   (incorporated by reference, see § 76.602).

   (3) Cable operators shall ensure, as to all digital cable systems, an
   adequate supply of PODs that comply with the standards specified in
   paragraph (b)(2) of this section to ensure convenient access to such
   PODS by customers. Without limiting the foregoing, cable operators may
   provide more advanced PODs (i.e., PODs that are based on successor
   standards to those specified in paragraph (b)(2) of this section) to
   customers whose unidirectional digital cable products are compatible
   with the more advanced PODs.

   (4) Cable operators shall:

   (i) Effective April 1, 2004, upon request of a customer, replace any
   leased high definition set-top box, which does not include a functional
   IEEE 1394 interface, with one that includes a functional IEEE 1394
   interface or upgrade the customer's set-top box by download or other
   means to ensure that the IEEE 1394 interface is functional.

   (ii) Effective July 1, 2011, include both:

   (A) A DVI or HDMI interface and

   (B) A connection capable of delivering recordable high definition video
   and closed captioning data in an industry standard format on all high
   definition set-top boxes, except unidirectional set-top boxes without
   recording functionality, acquired by a cable operator for distribution
   to customers.

   (iii) Effective December 1, 2012, ensure that the
   cable-operator-provided high definition set-top boxes, except
   unidirectional set-top boxes without recording functionality, shall
   comply with an open industry standard that provides for audiovisual
   communications including service discovery, video transport, and remote
   control command pass-through standards for home networking.

   [ 68 FR 66734 , Nov. 28, 2003, as amended at  76 FR 40279 , July 8, 2011;
    83 FR 7630 , Feb. 22, 2018]

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