[opendtv] Re: Over the air updates for STB's

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "OpenDTV (E-mail)" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2004 18:05:11 -0500

John Shutt wrote:
> 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?

*In principle*, especially now that A/97 is available,
why can't any given manufacturer opt to use the OTA
update route? This doesn't have to be a closed system
necessarily. As Kon said, the manufacturer would have
to have some assurance that broadcasters were setting
up their carousels correctly, to guarantee that all
users out there were getting their updates. In the
immediate future, probably direct mailings of memory
sticks is the more expedient route. But in the
longer term, there's no reason to believe that an
OTA system can't send out updates for umpteen zillion
different types of receiver.

Somewhat like Microsoft provides driver updates for
umpteen zillion types of graphics cards and monitors
over their Windows Update site. You don't see these if
they don't apply to your hardware. (In one case, one
of these driver updates gave me the dreaded blue
screen. In the CE world, that would really be

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