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

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "OpenDTV (E-mail)" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 10:54:53 -0500

John Shutt wrote:

> Why not?  For the reasons I stated earlier:  Too
> many different broadcasters, too many different
> boxes, too much potential liability.

I just don't see this being more than the risk
associated with any scheme to update boxes in the field.
My example of a bum video driver update from the
Microsoft update site being a perfect example.

Each manufacturer creates his own "closed system,"
if you will, with his own safeguards built into the
upgrade executable files. The broadcaster would only
be required to transmit the files per A/97, nothing

The updates can be conducted with no user intervention
at all, e.g. while the set is in standby mode, or the
manufacturer could set it up to where the user is
queried if he wants the update installed now. Possibly,
if something goes wrong, the user could revert to the
previous firmware.

I agree that these updates are risky business, *of
course*. Everyone knows that. It's just that the OTA
aspect doesn't change the risk factor all that much.
A trivial example: just yesterday, my boss finally
got around to installing WinXP SP2. And wishes he
never had. He had to re-install his original WinXP to
get his machine running again. And there was no OTA
broadcast involved.

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