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End Points Control

April 30th, 2004 · No Comments

Telepocalypse makes an interesting point in the context of the news that Comcast cable (in the US) is creating its own set-top box. “This is interesting because it continues an ongoing trend. Imagine youre the network operator or some other middleman in danger of disintermediation. You dont care about being cut out of the picture if you also control the end points of the network. Think subsidized Analog Telephone Adapters locked into Vonage service. iPods locked into iTunes. Cellphones locked to their network operator. Even PCs locked into trusted computing architectures.”

About the set-top box: “Comcast will test the Moxi Media Center…a TiVo-like digital video recorder that stores programming on a hard drive instead of tape, a dual tuner that allows users to watch one program while recording another and networking capabilities that will bring digital photos, music and video clips from the home computer to the TV screen…The media center includes a new user interface that puts all programming — video-on-demand movies, pay-per-view events and recorded programs — on one on-screen list, doing away with the grid-like programming guide that’s awkward to navigate.”

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