[access-uk] Re: The New Talking Set-top Box

But they have to include new hardware in their boxes, a speech synth
chip like the one RNIB have developed. It may only cost pence to buy the
chip but the cost escalates when scaled up in a mass manufacturing
process. Firstly, software needs to be created. Then it has to be
designed into the circuit, soldered to the motherboard which will take
extra time, extra man hours and extra money. 

I'm not an expert on this but when Sky and Virgin produce literally
millions of boxes (there are 10 million sky subscribers now) these
little things really ramp the price up and hence cut their profit
margins. 

As a result, either the cost needs to be passed on to the customer like
Ryan Air did with their 50p wheelchair tax on all tickets, or sky have
to take the financial hit which they're unlikely to want to do unless
forced by legislation. A million twenty pences equals two hundred
thousand pounds. 

In short, why would Sky want to pay almost a quarter of a million quid
on a million box production run when they're probably not even sure how
many blind people watch TV> I wonder how many blind people have made
themselves known to their special customer services team. Sky can
measure this. 

Oh look, it's Damon banging on about legislation again. 

Still interested to hear from John Godbur and interested to know how
much the RNIB talking chipset might cost manufacturers of set top boxes.


...Damon 







 

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of william lomas
Sent: 28 July 2010 16:08
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: The New Talking Set-top Box

I don't think so no. I think it is down to people like sky, virgin etc.
to make their services talk but I believe they can use the technology
chip developed to amke their products talk why they take so long as we
are forced to use digital now is pathetic

On Jul 28, 2010, at 3:59 PM, tony sweeney wrote:


        
        Will,
         
        Does it have anything to do at all with settop box
manufacturers?
         
        Have they any role in this at all?
         
        Ta,
         
        Tony

                ----- Original Message -----
                From: william lomas <mailto:lomaswilliam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

                To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
                Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:52 PM
                Subject: [access-uk] Re: The New Talking Set-top Box

                no it is up to sky and the others to get onw ith
incorporating the technology 

                On Jul 28, 2010, at 3:35 PM, tony sweeney wrote:


                        
                        Yes Jackie,
                         
                        Steady as she goes, certainly!
                         
                        Looking forward to reading up on all that blurb.
                         
                        Surely if it works withFreeview then is it only
a matter of time before it will work on other platforms.
                         
                        I have free to air satellite on both tellies
with Technomate and Strong settop  boxes.
                         
                        Thanks,
                         
                        Tony

                                ----- Original Message -----
                                From: Jackie Cairns
<mailto:jackie.cairnsplace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
                                To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
                                Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 8:57 AM
                                Subject: [access-uk] Re: The New Talking
Set-top Box

                                Hi Tony
                                
                                Go to the RNIB online shop
                                www.rnib.org.uk/shop
                                
                                There is a lot of information about it
floating around at the moment.  My
                                criticism is that it should be a
recordable unit.  Being a bit cynical
                                sometimes, it's a way of encouraging you
to purchase this device, then tempt
                                you with the recordable version when it
will inevitably hit the shelf later
                                on.  So, with that in mind, I'm going to
hang on for a little while at
                                least.
                                
                                
                                Kind Regards,
                                
                                Jackie Cairns
                                J&M Work-Ability
                                
                                jandm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
                                www.work-ability.co.uk
                                -----Original Message-----
                                From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
                                tony sweeney
                                Sent: 28 July 2010 01:18
                                To: access-uk
                                Subject: [access-uk] The New Talking
Set-top Box
                                
                                Hi Folk,
                                
                                I'm living outside the UK in Southern
Ireland but would be glad to know of
                                any links that you can give me to readd
up about that new arrived Talking
                                Set-top box?
                                
                                It may be of benefit over here in time
that technology.
                                
                                Any replies gratefully appreciated.
                                
                                Best,
                                
                                Tony Sweeney 
                                
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