When cable was young, everyone who had it also had a clunky set-top box. Then the industry worked out a standard, and electronics companies were able to build cable boxes into their TVs, knowing the cable companies would support them. Then came digital cable, and suddenly the boxes were back. Early this year, though, after years of infighting, the consumer electronics and cable industries finally hammered out an agreement for digital cable, which was approved by the FCC in September. This fall Panasonic will offer six widescreen high-definition rear-projection models with built-in digital-cable tuners, and Comcast, Cox and Time Warner will roll out service supporting them in select markets. By next year almost all manufacturers will have models.
Could we see the same for Dish? Or can this provide digital cable with an edge?