[opendtv] Re: Why HANA, why now?
- From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2006 11:42:22 -0400
At 9:22 AM -0400 10/5/06, John Golitsis wrote:
Having been in A/V retail for a number of years and having done
countless A/V system installs, I can tell you that something like
HANA is very dearly needed. Unfortunately, HANA will likely go the
way of it's predecessor HAVi (www.havi.org) and never make any
meaningful impact on the market. Why HAVi failed so miserably is
something I'd love to know.
1394 is far from dead, however, it has largely failed to find a niche
in the consumer electronics market, EXCEPT, as a digital video
interface for camcorders. 1394 has, in essence, become a
professional interconnect for computers, data storage, and
increasingly for professional broadcast equipment.
Perhaps the final nail in the coffin was Apple's decision to drop
1394 from the iPod, choosing to go with USB2 instead. It is also
conspicuously absent from the iTV prototype that Apple demonstrated
I think there are four key factors here that are driving this.
1. The gerrymandering and delays associated with the introduction of
1394 as a consumer interconnection scheme because of the perceived
need to add a content protection layer (DTCP), and the licensing
schemes that were added for DTCP.
2. The small percentage of Windows PCs that ship with 1394 ports.
3. The ubiquity of Ethernet as the basis for home networking;
4. The growing use of WiFi in place of Ethernet to further simplify
I can tell you form personal experience that many consumers are
overwhelmed by the proliferation of interconnections that are being
used between that old (or new) TV and the various peripherals
connected to it. This is driving a very profitable business for home
electronics (A/V) installers.
My guess is that the trend will be to wireless interconnections of
devices to a box with decoder(s) for content; the output of this box
will connect to the display via HDMI.
I think Bert is wrong about the MPEG-2 limitation. This will be the
case for integrated tuners, however, new devices like iTV will not be
limited to MPEG-2.
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