PC vendors Compaq, Microsoft and Intel have unveiled a standard proposal which will allow PC makers to build machines capable of receiving basic digital TV transmissions as early as next year.
The announcement comes at the end of a week of activity in the digital TV arena in which the Federal Communications Commission FCC voted to allow large-market broadcasters to begin digital broadcasts by November 1998.
While TV makers have said their first digital televisions will cost upwards of $2,500 Microsoft and co said their new HDO standard will allow PC makers to build machines that could receive basic digital TV transmissions for little more than $1,500. ?The incremental cost of adding DTV reception to PCs will likely be as little as $100? said Bob Stearns senior vice president of technology and corporate development at Compaq.
Speaking at the 1997 National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB) in Las Vegas this week senior executives from the three companies said they had plans to equip millions of future personal computers to receive transmitted digital video and data by the end of next year. They said their collective aim was to offer digital television across a range of PCs, hybrid PC/TVs and digital TV appliances.
The announcement comes in the same week as Microsoft announced its intentions to buy WebTV Networks a start up company which provides web-surfing services that can be accessed by consumers through set-top boxes sold by TV manufactures Sony Electronics and Philips Consumer electronics. (see related story)
Meanwhile IBM on Monday announced a package of services called Logicast that will give broadcasters access to digital video signals, instead of traditional analog television signals. According to IBM officials Logicast, available now with pricing ranging from $500,000 to $50 million can be delivered to televisions or almost any multimedia-compatible PC.
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