|Originally posted by mmburke:
What is the purpose for the HD2000U?
-It doesn't have a HDTV tuner
-It has only firewire input and output for HD (apparently). I don't believe any recent STB's have this connection.
-Only 480 line video, so it's not HD at all
Am I missing something? I can only believe this is for some special Mits product line.
It'll record any DTCP encrypted digital video that it can receive onto D-VHS tape. It cannot itself decode that video at all--it can only regurgitate it on command for something smarter downstream to decode and display. Right now, as Lee pointed out, it can be connected to the single Sony set that's on sale now, the KD-34XBR2, a 34" direct-view; in the near future, there will be a couple of other Sony sets and some Mitsubishi sets with integrated tuners and 1394/DTCP connectors that it can be connected to (according to Gary Merson's article in the latest Perfect Vision, a couple of the Mitsubishis should ship this month and next, with higher end stuff coming out early next year). It could use the ATSC tuners in those sets to record OTA HD. It could possibly also record DISH Network stuff tuned through an HD "upgraded" 5000 or 5022 receiver connected to that ATSC tuner (I think--didn't these pre-6000 HD upgradeable receivers require that the set have a tuner? The upgrade must encoded the video into an 8 VSB modulated ATSC channel--it enters the STB as MPEG-2 anyway--which would give the set an MPEG-2 TS stream to send over 1394/DTCP). It could not record the HD analog component video that the DISH 6000 and DIRECTV Plus STBs output.
When there are STBs with 1394/DTCP connections, it will be able to record from them (except, of course, pay-per-view, which will almost certainly be marked "Copy Never", since that's the only broadcast material the DTCP Adopter's Agreement allows to be marked that way). Echostar has stated that it is putting these on an upcoming DISH Network STB.
-- Mike Scott
[This message has been edited by michaeltscott (edited 09-13-2001).]