And here's the full 3250HD press release, dated April 7....
Scientific-Atlanta Announces Third-Generation Explorer HD Set-Top to Meet Growing Demand for High Definition Service
â€” New-generation Explorer 3250HD set-top will offer smaller footprint, faster processor and more consumer options â€”
ATLANTA, GA â€“ With new High Definition Television (HDTV) cable programming bursting on the scene virtually every week, cable operators are capitalizing on the incredible clarity of HD video and audio to attract and keep consumers. The new-generation Scientific-AtlantaÂ® ExplorerÂ® 3250HD set-top will enable cable operators to deliver a pristine video experience for consumers that is accompanied by simple installation, more audio options, as well as new stretch and zoom capabilities for HDTVs. The innovative, third-generation HDTV set-top will extend Scientific-Atlantaâ€™s leadership position in HDTV products at a time when demand for HD programming is growing.
The new set-top will offer a 166 MHz processor for nearly 30 percent faster processing than previous Scientific-Atlanta HD set-tops and 40MB of application and program memory to manage multiple program tasks and applications with speed and power. Availability of the Explorer 3250HD set-top for cable operators and their customers is planned for the second quarter of 2003.
Enhanced HD set-top capabilities will enable consumers to stretch and zoom video for full-screen viewing on HDTVs. The size of the on-screen picture will be controlled through an on-screen menu or through a simple key press on the set-top remote control. On wide-screen HDTVs, the consumer can stretch the sides of the video for a full horizontal image or stretch all four sides of the video with the zoom feature to fill the screen, while maintaining the original aspect ratio. Both of these features can eliminate annoying bars on the sides of the screen that can diminish the consumerâ€™s viewing experience.
â€œSince July 1999 when we shipped our first Explorer HD set-top, Scientific-Atlanta has played a key role in delivering this advanced video capability to cable operators and their customers,â€ said Jim Kiker, director, Explorer set-tops at Scientific-Atlanta. â€œAs more HD content becomes available, this new Explorer set-top should be a real favorite with consumers. It is simple to install, and will convert the sound from any channel â€“ analog, standard definition or high definition â€“ into digital audio for a powerful home theater sound experience. The compact set-top will be one of Scientific-Atlantaâ€™s smallest, making it easy to add HD capability into a crowded home entertainment setting, further simplifying its installation.â€
When consumers using the Explorer 3250HD set-top select the Scientific-Atlanta interactive program guide (IPG) to view their cable serviceâ€™s channel choices, the IPG will intelligently scale down the HD video currently being watched into a small window that enables the consumer to continue viewing a crystal clear image of their program.
Support for standard definition 480i and 480p scan rates, as well as high definition 720p and 1080i scan rates will give consumers control over how the image looks on their HDTV. And, two options will be available for copy protection interfaces between the set-top and the HDTV or other consumer electronics equipment â€“ DVI with HDCP and 1394 with 5C (NCTA/CEA Plug and Play requirements).
Taping an HD broadcast with a VCR has never been easier. The Explorer 3250HD set-top will simultaneously display the HD image for viewing while converting the video to SD (standard definition) format for recording by the VCR, automating and simplifying a process that was formerly complex and often frustrating.
Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (NYSE: SFA - http://www.scientificatlanta.com
) is a leading supplier of digital content distribution systems, transmission networks for broadband access to the home, digital interactive set-tops and subscriber systems designed for video, high-speed Internet and voice over IP (VoIP) networks, and worldwide customer service and support.
"Forward-looking statements," as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, may be included in this news release. A variety of factors could cause Scientific-Atlanta's actual results to differ from the anticipated results expressed in such forward-looking statements. Investors are referred to Scientific-Atlanta's Cautionary Statements (Exhibit 99.1 to the Company's most recent Form 10-Q), which statements are incorporated into this news release by reference.