[opendtv] Re: Chinese Standard
- From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 11:18:18 -0400
At 11:53 AM -0400 10/2/06, Mark Aitken wrote:
Are all new monitors shipping with USB ports? Do these monitors have
the processor requirements to support a USB based receiver? (in
other words, lots of smarts required for USB receiver products...) A
lot of assumptions being made based on this statement...IMHO.
the one that is watching ATSC 8-VSB from his DuoCore based laptop PC
via a Fujiplus USB tuner
A USB input would be useful, IF if could take the MPEG transport
stream from the tuner and feed it to the decoder in the set.
Processing power would not be an issue, as it would simply be a
matter of feeding the bits to the decoder. It would not make sense as
a connection to a monitor, although some computer monitors do have
USB interfaces for control purposes.
What is more likely is that we will continue to see external tuners
in the form of STBs that will connect via the HDMI inputs that ARE
becoming a standard interface on new TVs and monitors. This is a bit
less efficient, however, it allows for more options (H.264, DVR,
Internet access, network interconnections, etc.).
I was thinking about an article by Robert X. Cringely that I saw
recently, when I suggested the USB interface. The article talks about
Apple's iTV prototype, and possible reasons why Apple may have
included the USB2 interface. Cringely thinks it is for the attachment
of an iChat camera for in-home video conferencing. It could also
support a dock for a Video iPOD. But it could ALSO support tuner
modules. I know that iTV supports H.264, but do not know if it can
scale up to HDTV sources. Most likely it also decodes MPEG-2. Guess
we'll have to wait until January to find out.
Perhaps I overstated the case.
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