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Maxtor's not the only hard drive supplier for S-A's Explorer 8000

Tue, 09/03/2002 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Maxtor Corp. hyped itself Wednesday, announcing that Scientific-Atlanta Inc. has selected its 80 gigabyte QuickView hard drives for the Explorer 8000, an advanced cable set-top that sports on-board digital video recording capabilities.

What the hard drive maker failed to mention is that Maxtor is one of three approved suppliers for the Explorer 8000, which has won deployment with Time Warner Cable and a "commitment" for future purchases from Cox Communications. Seagate Technology and Western Digital Corp. also supply hard drives for the 8000. Of those three suppliers, Maxtor is getting the most hard drive business from the set-top maker, an S-A spokesman said, but wouldn't disclose exactly how much business Maxtor is getting compared to S-A's other hard drive suppliers.

Keen Personal Media, a division of Western Digital, has licensed its TV4me software to S-A for the 8000, providing the box's ability to pause live TV, rewind and fast-forward programming, and manage recorded content.

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