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NEW D* MPEG4 settop boxes will be HUMAX!!

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I'm kinda suprised to see that they didn't go with Motorola for their new DVR hardware since Motorola just bought Ucentric who does the software.
Originally posted by donyoop
Humax uses Tivo technology? Irony, irony.

That would actually be fantastic news if they use TiVo in the new MPEG4 box. Especially if we can get it at a monthly lease rate, like DirectTV has stated.

I might actually be a very happy person 'later this year.'
Ucentric was bought my Motorola? No wonder their Vapor-DVR for Voom never solidified.

So, does the HDTV tuner handle MPEG-2 and 4? Anything else?
Humax Inks Deal With DIRECTV for Digital Satellite Set Top Boxes
Thursday February 24

SEOUL, Korea, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Humax, a leading international manufacturer of digital satellite set-top boxes today disclosed it has entered into a development agreement and supply agreement with DIRECTV, Inc. the leading digital satellite TV provider in the United States.

The agreements encompass various set top box models including a portion of the entry-level receivers that will feature interactive services and a HDTV receiver capable of receiving MPEG 4 broadcasts due to ship later in the year. In addition, Humax is producing the new DIRECTV DVR, also due out later this year.

Dr. Dae Gyu Byun, Chairman and CEO of Humax Co. Ltd, says, "Humax is proud to be added to the roster of DIRECTV approved vendors, it's an important milestone in our history. Our business is very much aligned with DIRECTV; Humax was born as a Satellite set top box manufacturer and continues to gain market share worldwide in this segment. Our experience in this space, combined with a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, will prove to be very valuable to this relationship."

Romulo Pontual, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of DIRECTV, said, "DIRECTV is poised to introduce several compelling new products and services in 2005. We are pleased to have Humax as a partner to develop and manufacturer set top boxes for DIRECTV. Humax brings years of proven cost effective set top box design and manufacturing."

For all Humax-related media inquiries please contact Muto Communications at 631.390.0218 or email [email protected] .

About Humax

Founded in 1989, Humax Co. Ltd of Korea is one of the world's leading digital satellite set-top box manufacturers, exporting its products to more than 90 countries across the globe. Listed on the Korean stock exchange (KOSDAQ), the company's international headquarters and R&D facility are based in Korea with offices in Dubai, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. In 1997, the company opened a manufacturing facility in Northern Ireland that won a Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade in 2002. Further production facilities are located in Korea, India and China. Humax recorded revenues exceeded US $400 million in 2004 and has announced plans to increase this figure to $1 billion by 2006.


DIRECTV is the nation's leading digital multichannel television service provider with more than 13.9 million customers. DIRECTV and the Cyclone Design logo are registered trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc., a unit of The DIRECTV Group, Inc. (NYSE: DTV - News). The DIRECTV Group is a world-leading provider of digital multichannel television entertainment, broadband satellite networks and services, and global video and data broadcasting. The DIRECTV Group is 34 percent owned by Fox Entertainment Group, which is approximately 82 percent owned by News Corporation.


Source: Humax Co. Ltd
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Note that the article says "a portion of the entry-level receivers," so they're not the exclusive provider.
The article refers to STBs (non-DVR) and the new DirecTV DVR - which may mean either the HMC or the NDS based interactive (SD only) DVR. I would think it means the latter.

It will be interesting to see if these will be Humax or DirecTV branded.
That has got to be a major money maker for HUMAX. There are millions of people living in the first few markets they are going to put those boxes into.
I didn't catch that entry-level part. Thanks. I wonder how many they will be making
Originally posted by Andrew_J_M
... It will be interesting to see if these will be Humax or DirecTV branded.
All future D* boxes will be branded "DirecTV"
From the Humax's Korean website (in Korean): http://www.humaxdigital.com/korea/ne...005.asp#050224

A paragraph in it rougly translates to

Humax, starting this second quarter, will supply an SD STB with bidirectional middleware and an STB with a PVR feature. In the later half of the year, it plans to supply an HD STB as well.
Probably the HD STB is the one with MPEG-4...

I thought the intent was a complete migration to MPEG-4. And if this is the intent, wouldn't this include the SD STBs and SD PVRs as well? Will any of these be capable of ATSC tuning?
I thought the intent was a complete migration to MPEG-4.
I'm guessing that D* has considered it too cost-prohibitive to swap out SD receivers. Switching to the new technology in the HD market segment and swapping HD receivers while that segment is small limits costs. This way, D* can allow a natural (i.e., not forced) swap as customers upgrade themselves to HD receivers as more HD programming/channels become available.
Humax is listed as an one of the NDSs STB manufacturer in the Us . http://www.ndsuk.com/partners/set_top_box_partners.html

Already with the largest STB market share in Europe and in the Middle East, Humax— developers of innovative set-top box designs—are synonymous with innovation. Over the years, NDS and Humax have forged a strong working relationship to provide a variety of set-top box solutions to satellite and cable operators around the world. Together they are now using their mutual brand strength to offer US cable MSOs a cost-effective selection of products based on open standards.
Okay, I admit to not following the news, rumors, and speculation this board presents in hundreds of posts.

So only my HD equipment needs swapping out? Still, will the new equipment also handle MPEG-2 for ATSC/NTSC OTA? Or is this still in the speculation arena?
The new HD equipment will handle about any format thrown at it (OTA NTSC/ATSC, D*MPEG2/4). You don't need it yet, though.
It's like $3 billion extra to swap out all the SD receivers and what does it achieve? I can't see it.
Ok, so if what Ken has suggested only the HD TiVo is not yet known if D* will cover the entire costs of swapping out equipment, right? In this case, if I get another HD STB for downstairs when the time comes they'll swap out the two (instead of one) HD STBs, right?
Originally posted by rogo
It's like $3 billion extra to swap out all the SD receivers and what does it achieve? I can't see it.
If MSFT owned DirecTV, they'd probably require everyone to have an updated SD receiver to get an HD DVR. :D

(In case that's too subtle, it's a reference to MCE 2005 requirements.)
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