Thomson has introduced a new high-definition (HD) digital set-top box with an integrated DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS cable modem – the DCI704 – which the company said will enable cable operators to speed up the process of migrating to HD programming.

The DCI704 enables a cable operator to deploy HD digital services in conjunction with high-speed Internet access across the operator’s network. The new HD STB also allows ops to offer next-generation services, such as video-on-demand (VOD).

Early adopters of the new set-top box include Portuguese media group, Zon Multimédia, which is deploying the box to help deliver HD programming to its subscribers, Thomson said.

The DCI704 has a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) output and decodes MPEG-4 AVC video streams, as well as classic MPEG-2 broadcasts.

Other features include compliance with DVB standards, support for standard-definition (SD) and HD video up to 1080p, support for multichannel digital audio, compliance with multiple conditional access systems, up to two high-speed USB ports and the ability to mount an external hard disk drive.

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