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| [Electronics Show '98] Pioneer, Matsushita Exhibit New Set-Top Box Products
October 9, 1998 (TOKYO) -- New set-top box products from Pioneer Electronic
Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., are on display at
the Electronics Show '98 exhibition.
|The show is being held in Osaka from Oct. 6-10.
Pioneer is showing off two new types of digital set-top
box units intended for the European and U.S. markets. (Photo)
For the European market there are two models, one of which will appear
under the Pioneer brand name and the other, designed to the specifications
of French satellite broadcaster CANAL+, which is to be marketed under
the CANAL+ brand name.
Pioneer's new set-top box for the U.S. market has been designed to meet
the requirements of Time Warner Inc., a cable television broadcasting
company. At present, there are many differences between the set-top
box specifications of all the different broadcasting media operators,
a fact which makes it difficult to incorporate common features into
products. However, in the future some features, such as the operating
system, could become common to different types of set-top box.
Matsushita Electric is using the exhibition to display its new set-top
box unit for use with WebTV. (Photo)
At the same time, Matsushita signed an agreement with
Microsoft Corp., to license Windows CE for use in its digital set-up
box units, the company said that it would release a set-top box for
WebTV by the end of this year.
However, Windows CE is not installed in the product being shown at the
exhibition, and it appears that nothing is yet decided about whether
or not Matsushita will use it anytime in the near future.
The Matsushita set-top box unit being exhibited at the show is equipped
with features which include a built-in TV tuner and a Video S jack.
It therefore conforms to the basic specifications for WebTV Plus laid
down by U.S.-based WebTV Networks Inc., but the product's processor
and graphics capability are better than the specifications require.
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