[LINK] Awaiting the Dawn of the Digital TV age
Mon, 08 Jan 2001 09:34:29 +1100
At 08:08 3/01/01 +1100, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>... If I have a set top box, can I watch one program while recording
No. It would be theoretically possible to digitally record one channel
while watching another with some systems, but the industry is unlikely to
want to encourage this for commercial reasons.
>It would seem that none of the digital/set top box schemes (eg Foxtel,
>Transact, Digital TV) allow this...
As Transact <http://www.transact.com.au/> is a subscriber system with
on-demand capability, it should be possible to have the system record all
available free-to-air programs and allow playback. This would remove the
need for the subscriber to have any recording equipment or have to remember
to set a recorder: everything on TV would be recorded permanently and could
be played back at any time in the future, on demand. While technically easy
to implement the lawyers would have fits.
ps: Transact is more than an an academic exercise for me, as I just put a
deposit on an apartment at "City Edge" in Canberra
<http://www.cityedge.net/cityedge_frame.htm>, which comes wired for it.
Unfortunately the real estate types don't quite know what it is and
describe it as:
>City Edge is wired ready for the future, with the latest fibre optic
>technology built in. You'll have the opportunity to tune in to your
>favourite pay-TV channel, because the cabling is all there, waiting. Enjoy
>the benefits of a fast internet connection and be prepared for advances in
>digital communications and home entertainment.
Technically this is incorrect as the building cabling is specified as Cat 5
copper cable, which will be connected to one Transact fibre optic cable,
servicing the whole building: