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Is there any information on the next set of Zenith STB units, now that it looks like that the 1st version is about ready to ship.


Does this 1st version have the present version of the 8vsb chipset? What info is there about the PVR unit, that looks the most interesting.




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Among the most intriguing products was the DTV DirecTV/terrestrial set-top box (STB), which translates both satellite and over-the-air digital TV broadcasts. The new box is the first to incorporate a hard-disk drive that can record HDTV signals, according to Zenith executives. Zenith expects to have the STB, the first to incorporate PVR functionality, available in the fourth quarter of 2001, at a price that's to be determined.



The company also announced two other DTV set-top boxes with DirecTV receiver capability, but lacking a PVR. The first STB, available next spring, will be priced at $699 list. It will utilize a current-generation 8VSB terrestrial decoder chipset, which Zenith helped to develop.


The second STB should arrive in the fall of 2001 (price to be determined) and uses the next-generation chipset that is designed to improve over-the-air DTV reception. All of Zenith's set-top boxes will output both 1080i and 720p native HDTV signals, according to Zenith. This means that a 720p HDTV broadcast, such as from ABC, will be displayed without conversion -- and possible picture degradation -- to a different HDTV format. Among current boxes, only Echostar's DISH 6000 and Panasonic's upcoming TU-HDS20 have native 720p capability
 
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