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EchoStar HDX-410 Packs Android 4.0 For Monster Media (So Who Needs Google TV?)

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    EchoStar HDX-410 packs Android 4.0 for monster media (so who needs Google TV?) - SlashGear (click for full article)

    Shane McGlaun, Sep 7th 2012

    "EchoStar has announced that it is expanding its portfolio of set top boxes powered by the Android operating system. The company has announced the addition of the new hybrid DVD and IP solution called the HDX-410. The set-top boxes designed to receive and deliver EDB and IP content and services around the home.


    The device supports networking allowing it to be uses a multi-room solution. The set-top box supports both broadcast and on-demand TV along with smart TV applications. It also offers digital rights management and Miller solutions to protect content and meets European energy efficiency requirements with ultra-low-power consumption.



    The HDX-410 uses industry-standard protocols and is able to interact other devices in the home to allow TV operators to extend services from a central gateway to other display devices on the home network. The box offers multiple connectivity options including HDMI, integrated Wi-Fi with 802.11n support, Ethernet, USB 2.0, and S/PDIF for audio output.



    The box supports MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1, and VP8 formats. The operating system on the set-top boxes Android 4.0 with support for Adobe flash. The box also has an integrated WebKit browser. As of now, there is no indication of what cable or satellite companies around the world will be using this Android-powered set-top box. EchoStar does say that it allows the user to pause, record, and rewind live TV with a simple USB hard drive upgrade. The box appears to have no internal hard drive."
     
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    I can't envision a company such as Comcast using a box such as the HDX-410. IMO Comcast would feel they were ceding some control away. The sticking point is the web browser and Android 4.0 with full access to android apps. Take away the web browser and give Comcast control of what apps are on the device - and they might take a look at it.

    IMO the reasons I mentioned above (Comcast not wanting to cede any control of anything over to Google) - are why Google is trying to sell the Motorola set-top business. They realize it's a dead-end and declining market. If Google TV is to be a success it will have to be with an ott (over the top) set-top box. Either that or Google builds a massive nationwide Fiber network (which is doubtful because it's too expensive - Approx. $400 billion).

    The other alternative which I prefer - is that a box such as the HDX-410 be made available at retail - and operates with a cable card (not having to rent this from a TV provider).

    The following is a link to a good article about why Google wants to sell it's Motorola set-top box company:

    http://gigaom.com/video/google-tv-motorola-set-top-boxes/


    From the article:

    "Cable companies don't like open platforms"
     
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