Regarding the connector issue:
Pure speculation on my part, but perhaps this is related to the National Cable Plug & Play regulations that are set to be adopted by the FCC later today? The FCC was kind enough to send me the following email yesterday:
"Thanks for contacting the FCC. I appreciate the opportunity to respond.
The FCC is scheduled to adopt plug and play regulations at the
Commission meeting on September 10, 2003 and the rules will answer many
of your questions. Please check the FCC's website (www.fcc.gov
2pm on 9/10/03 for additional information.
I hope that this information is helpful."
Perhaps, we may finally have some digital interoperability standards for cable/satellite delivery, PVR's, TV's, etc. I could understand a company such as Comcast waiting until after today to decide what to ask Motorola or Microsoft to include on the boxes they order from them. It would be nice to have the initial products come out and meet the standard that is adopted. In any case, it will certainly be interesting to see what happens, and I'm sure we'll be seeing many other threads on this same issue today.