Howdy all -
Nothing terribly new on the HD front I'm afraid, Still planing on first half of next year but there is still a lot of work to do so we are not ready to announce a date yet.
In the meantime, I received a couple great questions by email that I'd like to share to set a few things straight on our HD plan, what you can do "in the meantime" etc.
I hope this helps -
QUESTION TO ME VIA EMAIL
> I've been looking at the ZeeVee systems and then found the AVS Forum
> and your BOSC Xtender. I'm very impressed with your system. What makes
> it most compelling are two items. One, I want to distribute component
> vice computer video throughout //my house (I know the ZVPro will do it
> for $2300.00 which is way out of my price range). And two, you have
> provided more customer service in this one forum for BOSC than ZeeVee
> has in all web forums and their website combined. I, like many,
> respect good customer service.
> You made this statement "but basically the current SD system acts as a
> "Base system" and then you add as many HD modules as you need for your
> current setup." on the Avsforum. If it [HD compatibility] is just an
> add-on, would it be safe to purchase the SD version now? I don't mind
> jumping in, but would be real disappointed if I made the $400.00 SD
> purchase now and found out I had bought a dinosaur in a few months.
> Thanks, - [Anonymous emailer - I'll insert his name if he gives me permission]
> Thanks for the email and the kind words on customer service - I've
> been trying to set a new standard without being pushy... tough balance.
> As for our system and upgradeability to HD.
> Our plan remains consistent that the HD will be an upgrade, meaning
> the HD modulator is a stand alone device that will not function
> properly without today's SD system as the base. Turns out that the
> modulators are the lowest price piece, so even if someone buys an SD
> system and adds three HD modules, it is still cheaper due to volume
> considerations to leave the modulators in there (the NTSC ones).
> Timing is the biggest issue - we have planned on releasing the HD
> upgrade module by first half of 2010 but at this time I just flat
> can't guarantee the timing. I have one up and running in my home and
> it is really sweet to have my HD cable box available home wide, but
> the prototype I have is a $10,000 unit (long story as it is kludged
> together)... Our plan is to be <<$500 per channel but I just flat don't trust the engineering dates yet.
> This will sound bizarre, pointing you to competition, but if you need
> something sooner, ZeeVee has a component input box just releasing for
> about $1000 per channel (still pricey but less than half of their
> pro-box)... I've helped a number of customers integrate a Zeevee box
> with our Xtender (you still need whole home control and they just
> don't provide that.)
> Don't get me wrong, I would absolutely love for you to buy an SD box
> today - and I'm sure you will love it (pic quality is spectacular when
> installed correctly), but I don't want you to buy it solely on getting
> the HD upgrade in March - we will do our best but I don't want a dis-satisfied customer.
> Let me know if you want to play with the BOCS/ZeeVee combo as I'd need
> to get you a BOCS with different firmware.
> David Feller
"What I really need now is to take my analog component outputs... and convert them to a signal that can be viewed on a digital TV and/or analog TVs with OTA converter boxes"
[DF] That is a problem actually - OTA converter boxes decode/demodulate ATSC only (The standard used for air transmission). Cable companies (as well as both ZeeVee and BOCS) currently use QAM. So a standard OTA converter will not decode these signals. Good news is that a large number of digital TVs sold in the US in the last couple of years also have a QAM tuner built in. Why QAM? It is what is currently available - the chips to do the modulation are the heart of the system, and you can imagine that there are a variety of QAM needs in the cable industry for smaller lower cost transmitters, but since ATSC is air transmission only, those are very large very expensive devices and we are only now creating demand for bringing those components to the consumer market. (Stay tuned - it would be a real shocker to the market if someone came out with an ATSC modulator)
" My plan was to convert the component output(s) to digital via the BOCS.
The output of the BOCS would go to my TVs and the input of the TVPAL DVR recorder (which is a digital only input). I could then view/record which ever input was selected on the BOSC. The recorded material could then be played back at will using the BOSC selected to the TVPAL DVR recorder input. All TVs would then see what was recorded."
[DF] I don't fully understand here (a small diagram would be helpful), but I looked up the DTVPAL (I assume this is it http://www.dtvpal.com/
) In which case you are in trouble as the specs for this say it receives ATSC only (See the above answer) The dtvpal is ONLY good for recording off-air shows...
Sorry for the length but there is some good stuff in here on QAM vs ATSC