Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thomson's Latest Set-Top Boxes Support Over-the-Top HD

Thomson unveiled its latest generation high definition set-top box, the 805 HD platform. Available with or without a hard disk for PVR functionality, it includes embedded memory to enable over-the-top services and other functionalities including time shifting. Interfaces are available for DVB-T and the newer and more efficient DVB-T2 for terrestrial television, and for DVB-S and DVB-S2 for satellite broadcasting. The PVR version can be supplied with a scalable 2.5" hard disk in accordance with operators' requirements. It incorporates an advanced power management system which switches off those parts of the circuitry not required, resulting in a "deep sleep" mode which consumes less than half a watt.

"Everyone is agreed that hybrid delivery is the way forward, with linear television broadcast as it is today and access to interactive and on-demand content from the same device on the same screen, delivered over broadband," said Georges Laplanche, Senior Vice President, Connect Division, Thomson.