No, there's no firewire on the first runs and, I thought this was clear; I don't know yet.
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2003 1:33 AM
Subject: [VOOM] Re: Wilt Voom STB upgrade
--- In VOOM@yahoogroups.com, Wilt Hildenbrand <wilth@o...> wrote:
> No, they won't.
> We'll have handle that somehow, don't know how just yet; General
> problem for all boxes anyone owns today, right?
No, the boxes won't be upgradable to Firewire, or no, customers won't
have to buy a new box?
>> Will the first boxes put out be able to be upgraded to firewire
>> out or will I have to buy a new box?
I do recognize, however, the move to 1394 and the
upgrade to MPEG 4 creates some things to think about--
which is why it's not on there right now and won't be until
we know how, and decide, to deal with it.
It's conceivable they will never support Firewire, particularly if they move ahead with MPEG-4 as planned. That said, if they offer a robust, expandable PVR next-year, that might eliminate much of the need for Firewire.
It is my understanding that the VOOM PVR will also be a box by Motorola, and Motorola does have some HD PVRs in development that will allow expansion of HDTV recording capacity (content is DES encrypted) via off-the-shelf USB hard drives. If VOOM were to offer that capability, you could conceivably have removeable drives if there was a need to archive some content.