Caller ID on your TV

Last week, I wrote about caller ID on TV as a possible application for VoIP. America’s Network reports that a company called Integra 5 is supplying software that enables cable operators to offer their new telephony subscribers caller-ID services on the TV or PC. Cox Communications is trialing this service in Phoenix. Comporium Communications in Rock Hill, S.C. is also trying this out.

Integra 5’s software sits next to the telephone switch within a cable system. The software “sees” phone calls coming into the system, determines which homes they’re headed to, then takes the information about that call — phone number and name, if available — and sends a signal through the Moving Picture Expert Group transport stream to the TV set, where the information is displayed on a banner that runs along the bottom of the screen.”

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