I may give them another call (201-229-4000) this week. I'll post what I find out, but I don't expect to hear any good news. If they were going to release something in July, we should have heard more about it by now.
This article was written less than two months ago and it says the non-DIRECTV models were supposed to be out this month (June) with the DIRECTV-capable model following in July or Aug. Over the last couple years, DIRECTV-enabled HDTV STBs have almost all been at least 4 months later than company estimates, but wouldn't you think the non-HDTV ones would be close, especially from the company making the best-selling non-DIRECTV STBs today?
Yeah, I'm interested in the non-directv model WITH the digital output - so I can use a HD-VTR when they finally become reasonably priced. It would be nice to hear something from the company about when it's gonna be ready.
I was at the Widescreen Review D-VHS demonstration on Saturday and they had the new Samsung STB. I didn't catch the model#, sorry. According to Perry Sun at WR, Samsung told him it would be available in about a month. They had it hooked up via 1394 Firewire to the new JVC D-VHS deck. We watched the Tonight Show from the previous evening that they had taped using this combination. The picture was beautiful from a Runco DLP projector.
Just wanted everyone to know it does exist, although it's anyones guess when it will go on sale.
I saw it in low light conditions and didn't see the model#. Only saw the Samsung name on it. Don't know if this model had DVI but it definitely had 1394 since it had been used with the new JVC D-VHS to record the Tonight Show OTA.
I found more info yesterday that said Samsung will have a couple STB out soon. One will be OTA only with 1394. The other will be DirecTV capable with DVI but no 1394. Sorry, forgot what the model#'s are.
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