heres some info about Cabot - they specialize in software for set top boxes that can be updated in the field URL: http://www.cabot.co.uk/corporate/ Company Profile Introduction The digital TV revolution will alter the television landscape in Europe and worldwide beyond recognition. With the number of digital TV households predicted to rise from 31 million in 2003 to 126 million by 2010, viewers, broadcasters and manufacturers are set to participate in a change on an unprecedented scale. For manufacturers, time-to-market and innovative product development is an essential requirement in the battle to influence and capture the interest of consumers, faced with an ever-expanding array of consumer electronic product choices. Cabot Communications is rapidly becoming established as the technology partner-of-choice for manufacturers looking to complete the digital picture. Pioneers of Digital TV Technology Founded in 1993, Cabot Communications is one of the forerunners of the digital TV revolution. Working in partnership with early innovators such as SES-ASTRA, Telewest and the BBC, Cabot helped to develop some of the industry's pioneering solutions for interactive services, content creation and delivery. Cabot was one of the earliest contributors to the MHEG-5 UK interactive TV standard, and was responsible for the first public demonstration of an MHEG-5 engine on a real set-top box in 1998. Since then the company has developed an exclusive focus on standards-based software technologies, creating new possibilities for manufacturers looking for an early market advantage through innovative products. Continuous Innovation Our in-house team of 45 highly qualified digital TV engineers headquartered in Bristol UK, with a combined 200 years of post-graduate experience in digital TV technology, provides Cabot Communications with a unique capability and offers a valuable resource to our customers. Our product offering represents Europe's only complete, modular out of the box Digital TV Software Suite, which meets the differing digital TV and interactive requirements across Europe, thus allowing manufacturers to quickly develop cost effective products on a single modular software platform for the pan-European market. The Cabot Digital TV Software Suite is fully scalable, enabling manufacturers to build low-cost, functional receivers, through to high-end fully featured receivers supporting interactivity and Personal Video Recorder (PVR) functions. Since we have invested in developing close relationships with the leading semiconductor vendors, Cabot's Digital TV Software suite is available on every major semiconductor digital TV platform. Proven and Deployed With 20 design wins and over 1.5 million deployments, Cabot's Digital TV Suite has been integrated into set-top boxes, iDTVs and DVD recorders for both UK and continental European distribution. We are proud of the multiple partnerships we have established with many of the industry's leading manufacturers including Toshiba, Philips, Alba-Bush, Pioneer, Humax, NEC, STMicroelectronics, Vestel and Daewoo. We have become their preferred partner of choice by demonstrating a deep understanding of their needs, supported by our engineering expertise and technology, which has delivered on its promise, time and time again. ----- Original Message ----- From: "John Shutt" <shuttj@xxxxxxxxx> To: "Prinyar Boon" <Prinyar.Boon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 11:32 AM Subject: [opendtv] Re: Over the air updates for STB's > Prinyar, > > The Freeview system grew out of the onDigital system, and as such the > specifications of the STBs was in the control of the onDigital people. > Part > of the onDigital system was the built in ability to update the box > software > over the air. This is the same type of closed system as I was describing > for USDTV, DirecTV, and Dish Network here. > > Am I mistaken in believing that Freeview does not distribute OTA software > updates to all brands of STBs in the UK, or do all freeview boxes sold > comply to a common software standard? > > Regards, > > John Shutt > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Prinyar Boon" <Prinyar.Boon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> > > > fyi > > In the UK over the air updates for STB's are now routine in the freeview > system > > One of the functions of the DTG test bed/centre is to ensure that over the > air > updates do not interfere with STB's from other manufacturers. > > Regds > > Prin > > > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: > > - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at > FreeLists.org > > - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word > unsubscribe in the subject line. > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.