Scientific-Atlanta Unveils New Explorer 8000 Set-Top
SA says that the Explorer 8000 set-top, will sport a 40 gigabyte hard drive, which the company says can hold more than 40 hours of video content and a dual-stream MPEG encoder and multiple-stream MPEG decoder to allow the simultaneous recording and viewing of video streams. The company claims that the new set-top will also provide extensive input/output capabilities, including a front-access USB port and available dual 1394 ports to support HDTV and connections to high-speed peripherals.
SA's Michael P. Harney says the new product will perform TiVo-like functions and explains that "the Explorer 8000 set-top will deliver powerful PVR capabilities together with a suite of bundled interactive TV applications, which eliminates the need for two boxes and offers cable operators an unmatched competitive edge to drive new revenues and subscriber satisfaction."
According to SA, the Explorer 8000 platform will also offer access to a multiple interactive TV applications without the need for network upgrades. Capabilties expected with the new platform include: Web browsing, email, television-commerce (t-commerce), and video on demand (VOD). It says that, with its two tuners, SA says the Explorer 8000 set-top will enable the simultaneous viewing and recording of two channels of programming and support HDTV via memory options.