Monday, January 12, 2009

Thomson Launches HD Set-Top Box with Cable Modem

Thomson introduced a new high-definition digital set-top-box (STB) with integrated DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS cable modem. The DCI704 is also the first product in the 700 Series to feature a new compact and ecological design capable of less than one watt power consumption in deep standby mode.

The DCI704 has a high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) output for high definition output. It decodes MPEG-4 AVC video streams as well as classic MPEG-2 broadcasts. Other key features of the new DCI704 digital set-top box include:

  • Optional VC-1 Decoding

  • Compliance with DVB standards

  • Capable of supporting standard and high definition video up to 1080p

  • Capable of supporting multi-channel digital audio

  • External power supply for ease of handling

  • Compliance with multiple Conditional Access Systems

  • Offers up to two high-speed USB ports with the possibility of mounting an external hard disk drive

Thomson said early adopters of the new set-top box include Portuguese media group, ZON Multim├ędia, which is deploying it to help deliver high-definition programming to its subscribers.