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  1. Jan 5, 2006 #121 of 291
    Kanyon71

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    Well there are spots left and licenses left, as a matter of fact one of the companies who tried a new venture and failed sold their sats off to EchoStar. Voom saw a market, got the license and put the sats up, they failed but they did it. While something may cost a lot of money to do does not make it any less possible to do. With the right amount of money and pull another provider could spring on the market. Yes I do understand what you're saying though.
     
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    davezatz

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    January 05, 2006 10:30 AM US Eastern Timezone

    NDS and Thomson to Showcase New OCAP Set-Top Box at CES; All-Digital Set-Top Box Based on Popular NDS MediaHighway Middleware

    2006 International CES

    LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2006--NDS (NASDAQ:NNDS) (EURONEXT:NNDS) (BSE:NNDS), the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced the porting of its MediaHighway OCAP-based middleware to an all-digital set-top box with an embedded DOCSIS(R) modem from Thomson (NYSE:TMS) , the worldwide leader in access solutions for satellite, cable, terrestrial broadcast, and telecommunications networks.

    The OpenCable(TM) Application Platform (OCAP(TM)) is the middleware software specification adopted by the Cable industry to enable application writers to create new interactive services that will run on a broad range of advanced digital set tops and cable-ready TVs.

    The set-top box from Thomson (the DCI62) reduces the time to market and cost of deployment for cable operators. This combination of MediaHighway middleware on the Thomson DCI62 set-top box will provide an all-digital solution with a DOCSIS set-top gateway profile (DSG) for cable operators who are ready for a digital switchover. In addition, the DCI62 can be used for high-speed data access, making it a genuine double-play box.

    The demonstration of the set-top box at CES will showcase games and interactive advertising, and it will also feature the Emmy(R) Award-winning Moxi Menu and Guide from Digeo, Inc. Digeo is a leading provider of multi-tuner high-definition DVR media center solutions to the cable industry and has worked with NDS and Thomson to develop a demonstration of the Moxi Menu and Guide on OCAP running on the Thomson set-top box. Demonstrations can be seen at both the Thomson Showroom located in Ballroom II of the Renaissance Hotel, and at the NDS Showcase located in the Bellini Ballroom at the Venetian Hotel. The NDS Showcase is by invitation only (see media contacts below).

    "NDS is delighted to work again with its long time partner, Thomson, to address the OCAP market requirements," said Caroline Le Bigot, president of NDS France. "As we see the growing demand from US cable operators for the OCAP standard, we are very happy that Thomson recognizes our MediaHighway OCAP middleware as a state-of-the-art solution to address the set-top box market."

    NDS MediaHighway middleware is the world's most popular platform for the development of advanced television applications. It has been deployed by more than 25 pay-TV operators worldwide and it is resident on more than 21 million set-top boxes.

    "A couple of weeks ago, we signed the CableCARD(TM) Host Interface License Agreement with CableLabs, which enabled us to develop cable Customer Premises Equipment with a CableCARD(TM) removable security interface. Today, we are bringing our commitment to the US cable industry to a higher level with the introduction of an OCAP version of our popular DCI5000 and DCI6000 cable STB lines," said Frederic Kurkjian, vice president, worldwide cable, for Thomson. "OCAP is a key feature for cable vendors like Thomson, and for MSOs who want to introduce new interactive services. Building on our long-term partnership with NDS, we have been able to jointly develop a flexible solution that specifically caters to North American MSO needs."
     
  3. Jan 5, 2006 #123 of 291
    davezatz

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    Akimbo competes with itself on NDS content downloading set-top box:

    January 05, 2006 09:30 AM US Eastern Timezone

    NDS Unveils New XSPACE Solution at CES, Featuring Content from Akimbo, FOX Sports, and IGN Entertainment

    2006 International CES

    LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2006--NDS Group plc (NASDAQ:NNDS) (EURONEXT:NNDS) (BSE:NNDS): First Solution for Delivery of Integrated Audio and Video Content on-Demand over Hybrid Set-Top Box - Enabling Consumers to Connect to Both Broadcast and Web Content Through Their Televisions

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    -- NDS announces XSPACE, an end-to-end platform for broadcast operators and Internet content providers to support the delivery of on-line entertainment and media services over integrated broadcast/IP set-top boxes

    -- NDS, Akimbo, FOXSports, and IGN Entertainment offer content that consumers can access via the new hybrid STB through hyperlinks from within regular TV programming and onscreen triggers

    -- Internet content is seamlessly delivered via RSS feeds, processed and streamed from the content provider's Content Delivery Network (CDN) directly to hybrid STBs

    -- Supports play-lists, integrated web advertising and pay-to-view premium content

    Las Vegas (CES) - January 5, 2006 - NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, has teamed with Akimbo, FOX Sports, and IGN Entertainment, to introduce XSPACE at CES. A comprehensive software solution for hybrid set-top boxes (STBs) with broadband connectivity, XSPACE provides consumers with online access to audio and video content through their televisions. Demonstrations of the new technology can be seen at the NDS Showcase in the Bellini Ballroom at the Venetian Hotel. The NDS Showcase is by invitation only (see media contacts below).

    XSPACE allows operators to offer consumers access to premium broadcast and web content through hyperlinks from within regular TV programming, using an onscreen link. A truly novel and integrated experience for the consumer, XSPACE provides access to the vast catalog of content available on the Web through the STB. It also includes the ability to search through the content so consumers can find the specific content they want to watch or hear. Consumers will interact with the on-demand services through the integrated Electronic Program Guide (EPG).

    XSPACE is built on a set of NDS technologies - NDS VideoGuard(R) conditional access, Synamedia(TM) broadband IP solutions, together with the NDS XTV(R) integrated personal TV system - and server side components. It transforms audio and video files from the Internet into playable forms for conventional STBs, enabling broadcast operators to avoid the inconvenience and expense of managing a separate on-demand system, since XSPACE delivers STB-ready files directly from the existing Web infrastructure.

    At CES, the demonstration of XSPACE will highlight access to content from leading providers, including: video from on-demand service provider Akimbo; sports video clips from FOXSports.com; and video game previews and head-to-head comparisons from online video game portal IGN.com

    "We developed XSPACE to be an extension of an operator's and content provider's existing systems. XSPACE applies existing pay-TV business models, such as subscription and Pay-Per-View, to Internet rich media content," said Gadi Tirosh, vice president of product marketing, NDS. "It ensures that the operator's STB remains the main point of consumption for TV and other digital media, and it integrates broadcast and online content with purchasing models that benefit operators, providers and viewers alike."
     
  4. Jan 5, 2006 #124 of 291
    Justin Thyme

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    The question was only if Shell acquired Hyundai. Sure let's qualify the scenario as you suggest: there are other inexpensive cars; shell hasn't purchased all the other car companies, and so on.

    Regardless whether you "care" whether they do it or nor, I sasked a different question: Should it be illegal?
     
  5. Jan 5, 2006 #125 of 291
    nhaigh

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    IMHO provided they are not anti-competitive it's legal. What I mean is provided the Hyundai performs as well as the other then alls OK. However if the Hyundia will go twice as far/fast as other manufactures cars running on the same fuel because of an "secret" addative they put in the fuel then it is anti-cometitive and should be illegal. It's the same argument that puts Microsoft in court every day.
     
  6. Jan 5, 2006 #126 of 291
    davezatz

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    New DVR cable box with built-in DVD burner, respects the broadcast flag... the one that was shot down (for the time being) if you recall. ;)

    January 05, 2006 06:30 AM US Eastern Timezone

    Sonic Powers Cable Industry's First DVD on Demand DVR From Scientific Atlanta; Scientific Atlanta's MCP-100 Leverages Sonic AuthorScript to Burn Downloaded and Recorded Shows to DVD

    2006 International CES

    LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2006--Sonic Solutions(R) (NASDAQ:SNIC), the leader in digital media software, today announced that Sonic AuthorScript(R) DVD on Demand(TM) is now shipping as part of the cable industry's first set-top box to feature DVD recording and playback capabilities, the MCP-100 DVR with DVD Recorder/Player from Scientific Atlanta. The dual-tuner MCP-100 is an all-in-one media center combining a digital cable receiver, multi-room digital video recorder (DVR), a DVD/CD player, and a DVD-R recorder. The unit's DVD functionality is enabled by the powerful, easy-to-integrate AuthorScript DVD-On-Demand software development kit (SDK), which allows cable/satellite and consumer electronics industry manufacturers to build full DVD recording and playback into their products without the expense of additional hardware.

    Available immediately for deployment and evaluation by cable service providers, the MCP-100 has already received two industry awards: the Consumer Electronics Association's "Best of Innovations" award for Video Components in the CES Innovations 2006 Awards competition, and the Communications Technology 2005 Reader's Choice Award in the Advanced Video category. The device offers cable service providers a single-box solution that gives their subscribers versatile capabilities in a compact, convenient package. With embedded AuthorScript software, users of the box are able not only to play off-the-shelf DVDs and CDs, but also to easily transfer their favorite recorded or downloaded programs, both standard and high definition, from the DVR hard drive to writeable DVDs for playback in other devices.

    "The availability of the MCP-100 marks an important milestone in the evolution of home entertainment from a collection of individual media devices and services to an integrated system that allows consumers to enjoy media with much greater convenience, simplicity, and synergy," said Dave Davies, vice president, strategy and product marketing for Subscriber Networks at Scientific-Atlanta. "To ensure a smooth transition to this new unified platform, we've integrated the best possible DVD technology by taking advantage of the Hollywood-proven performance and reliability of AuthorScript. Sonic is a key technology partner in creating our next-generation set-top solution."

    AuthorScript DVD on Demand-enhanced DVRs allow recorded content to be enjoyed in a much broader range of playback environments while freeing recording space on the DVR hard-drive and reducing clutter in the living room. AuthorScript's DVD recording software respects all copy protection flags set by the content owners, including "copy freely," "copy once," and "copy never." By enabling recording of content to DVD-R, AuthorScript allows cable, satellite, and IPTV services to offer their customers attractive new features that go significantly beyond the abilities of a simple DVR, providing a unique differentiator in a competitive environment. The deployment of AuthorScript DVD on Demand in the Scientific Atlanta platform also lays the foundation for new MSO business and revenue models based on electronic sell-through of digital video to writeable DVD in the home.

    "With the emergence of a promising new DVD market in the set-top space, Sonic is ideally-positioned to help usher in a new era for cable viewers by leveraging our decade-long DVD experience in sectors such as Hollywood authoring and home PC recording," said Mark Ely, Sonic's executive vice president of strategy. "The launch of this first-ever set-top in a brand new category demonstrates the strength of Scientific Atlanta's engineering, the depth of its commitment to enabling innovative new capabilities for its customers, and the promise that the set-top market holds for Sonic technology."

    Sonic will be demonstrating AuthorScript-enabled DVD recording and playback on the MCP-100 in its suite at the January 2006 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. For further information on AuthorScript set-top DVD solutions, please contact Sonic at authorscript@sonic.com.
     
  7. Jan 5, 2006 #127 of 291
    Justin Thyme

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    You are absolutely right. I should not have stated that as an fact, but a likelihood asserted by a crackpot.

    Really. I don't have anything to base that on except my assumption of where Comcast wants to go with its software. The cableco's created the open cable project in reaction to the proposal by a software company (Microsoft) to control the fundamental OS layer of STBs. To depart from that strategy would be a rather startling departure, especially if Comcast is paying the bill for the development.

    Actually, I do not know that it is so wise for Tivo. I can imagine all sorts of BS limitations that the Cablecos could put in their OS (not through malice, but incompetence with real time OS's) that would create severe problems for Tivo's usability. I don't envy the guys on this job. I think it will be way late, and be extreme Tivo Lite. But yay. with interactivity features you can't get with CC Tivo because CC 2.0 is stalled [sarcasm]. Perhaps stalled permanently due to the cableco's drive to jettison physical cards in favour of revokable digital certificates.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2006 #128 of 291
    Kanyon71

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    If I havea choice of others that will sell me the same type of products they offer then I see no problem with it or that it's legal. If they are my only choice then I have an issue with it and the legalities of it. As they could then raise prices to a point where they are out of hand.
     
  9. Jan 5, 2006 #129 of 291
    dt_dc

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    I've been 50/50 on OCAP vs. native since the deal was announced ... so I certainly wouldn't call it crackpot. I could make an argument either way ...

    Which is why I've been curious for more info.
     
  10. Jan 5, 2006 #130 of 291
    davezatz

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    January 05, 2006 12:10 PM US Eastern Timezone

    Fox Entertainment Group and DIRECTV Launch Partnership to Offer Best of FOX and FX Network Programming On Demand

    2006 International CES

    LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2006--

    Groundbreaking Deal Includes Pre-Air Broadcasts of FX Series, Post-Air Broadcasts of FOX Programs Plus One Hour Weekly Showcase of Fox Entertainment Highlights


    Fox Entertainment Group and DIRECTV, Inc., today announced an agreement to bring viewers the best of FX and FOX Broadcasting on demand through the new DIRECTV Plus(R) DVR (digital video recorder). In an industry first, beginning in March viewers will get a "first look" at prime time hits from FX a full 24-48 hours prior to their initial broadcasts for $2.99 and, later in the year, DIRECTV subscribers will have post-air access to FOX Broadcasting's hottest series for just 99 cents for six to seven days following their national broadcast. The innovative deal will provide DIRECTV subscribers the ability to choose between pre-air and post-air television programming options for the first time ever.

    In addition, DIRECTV viewers will have free, on demand access to a weekly showcase of exclusive highlights from Fox Entertainment, including the promotional presentation of limited, full-length television episodes, extended footage from leading Fox programs, and behind the scenes features on Fox films and TV shows.

    "We're committed to finding new ways to bring our content to consumers and we think this deal is a huge step forward in giving them greater choice and control over their entertainment experience," said Peter Chernin, President and Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation. "For the very first time, viewers will be able to watch their favorite shows before the rest of the world. And we now have the ability to create different cuts of our programs for the pre-air audience -- versions with additional scenes and materials not included in the network broadcast -- something entirely new. It's an exciting opportunity for the television consumer and for us. Moreover, this new partnership will also enrich the viewing experience by providing access to DIRECTV's enhanced services, features and interactive functionality."

    "Growing our interactive/On Demand service is a top priority for DIRECTV and our partnership with Fox is further testament to the commitment DIRECTV is making to delivering the very best in television and entertainment programming," said Chase Carey, president and CEO, DIRECTV, Inc. "By continually offering our subscribers new and exclusive programming choices at their convenience, we not only enhance the viewing experience but broaden the depth of our services and offerings."

    Under terms of the agreement, viewers will have on demand access to some of television's most acclaimed dramas, comedies and documentaries including FX's "The Shield," "Rescue Me," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and "30 Days" and FOX Broadcasting's "24," and "Prison Break."

    "Television viewing habits continue to evolve and this deal is a prime example of our ongoing effort to bring consumers exciting new ways to individualize their entertainment experience," said Peter Levinsohn, President of Fox Digital Media. "And in DIRECTV, we've found an ideal partner."

    The DIRECTV Plus DVR brings the viewing experience to new levels with an array of network programming on demand, one-touch pause, rewind and fast-forward functionality and 100 hours of recording capacity and interactive functionality. The DIRECTV Plus DVR is available at 1-800 DIRECTV, directv.com and all Best Buy and Circuit City retailers nationwide.
     
  11. Jan 5, 2006 #131 of 291
    nhaigh

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    I'm suprised this hasn't happened sooner given both companies are part or News Corp.
     
  12. Jan 5, 2006 #132 of 291
    ChuckyBox

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    Jeezus. These network schmucks really don't get it, do they? They are becoming increasingly obsolete, and now, faced with a tidal wave of new content and new distribution models, their response is to try to charge for a product they've been giving away for years. Talk about visionary...
     
  13. Jan 5, 2006 #133 of 291
    Kanyon71

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    Is this CEs or DirecTV ES? :) Seems like they are bringing out a ton of new things.
     
  14. Jan 5, 2006 #134 of 291
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    Why would you pay 99 cents for a show you can just tell your DVR to record? I understand the pre-play stuff, but post-play on-demand from a DVR doesn't make much sense...
     
  15. Jan 5, 2006 #135 of 291
    dt_dc

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    Traditionally, the networks have charged their customers (advertisers) for delivering a product (viewers) ... nothing "free" about it.
     
  16. Jan 5, 2006 #136 of 291
    TiVoPhish

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    It sounds like a bad model, but people ARE paying for this stuff with the "on-demand" model. And unless you are using your OTA antenna on top of your house, you're not getting anything for free now.

    It sounds silly to us TiVo-people because we've been recording what we want for years now without being charged anything additional, and still seeing it when we want. Problem is, most people haven't been. HBO On-Demand has become rather popular from what I understand... at least in my area. My husband and I had a big conversation about this yesterday... he wanted to get it; I refused to pay ADDITIONAL money for the same programming when a DVR will be connected to two TVs in this house... so I'll already HAVE the choice to watch it when I want to.

    But something like "Anime On-Demand" is a little more unique (and I have a daughter obsessed with Anime), so that I will subscribe to.

    davezatz -- I posted about the Scientific-Atlanta box (DVR+DVD) yesterday right in this thread... I've read an articles that called it "the REAL TiVo-Killer". Don't know if I agree or not, but Scientific-Atlanta equipment is already used by Time Warner and Cablevision, at least in the tri-state area. Whether the Cable companies are comfortable offering a DVD burner will remain to be seen.
     
  17. Jan 5, 2006 #137 of 291
    ChuckyBox

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    From the viewers' point of view it was entirely free. Even those paying for delivery via cable or satellite are conditioned to think of network programming as free. Now the networks are hoping to charge for programming that can be viewed and recorded via other means for no additional cost.

    The big networks have been steadily losing viewers for years. Maybe they ought to think of ways to increase their audience rather than finding ways to try to suck a few extra bucks out of their ever-dwindling viewer pool.
     
  18. Jan 5, 2006 #138 of 291
    Kanyon71

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    The only time I see this being handy is if you didn't record something and then decide you want to see it. Like you normally don't watch a certain show but all of your friends are talking about an episode and you decide you want to see it. If it's a first run show on a major network replay isn't likely for some time so you could pay the $.99 download it and watch the show.
     
  19. Jan 5, 2006 #139 of 291
    davezatz

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    What strikes me as absurd is they specifically mentioned these pay-per-shows are features of the DVR model! I guess if you miss recording a show or really hate commercials, maybe it makes sense. But still strikes me as bizarre and a rip. :)
     
  20. Jan 5, 2006 #140 of 291
    TiVoPhish

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    What even more bizarre is at least according to SOME cable companies, if you use a set-top box with a cablecard you won't have access to pay-per-view or on-demand viewing (and it's listed as a downside).

    Read this just a bit ago...

    Comcast to order digital cable boxes from Samsung
    "Top U.S. cable operator Comcast Corp. on Thursday said it planned to purchase new digital set-top boxes made by South Korean consumer electronics company Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. beginning in 2007...
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    ...Comcast also buys set-top boxes from Scientific-Atlanta Inc. and Motorola Inc. and is working to incorporate TiVo Inc. video-recording software into its systems."
     

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