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S-A throws a curve

Mon, 02/19/2001 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

Referring to video, voice and data services as a triple play, Scientific-Atlanta plans to pitch 'em all in PAL format to European markets with its new Explorer 4000DVB digital set-top.

Rolling out this fall, the Explorer 4000DVB is designed to support worldwide standards such as DVB-C, PAL, DAVIC/DVB-RC, DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS and provide service operators with a choice of middleware and conditional access options. S-A says the set-top has been designed to optimize the performance of applications running over HFC cable plants.

The Explorer 4000DVB set-top delivers digital broadcast video and real-time, two-way interactive applications — such as Web browsing, e-mail, e-commerce and video-on-demand — to TV. And its integrated cable modem can be a home gateway that simultaneously provides high-speed Internet access to a home computer, voice-over-IP and home networking services.

The company says that the Explorer 4000DVB will use the PowerTV operating system and that more than 70 developers around the world are developing applications to run on the PowerTV operating system. S-A did not return CED's request for more specific information about market rollout.

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