EchoStar Technologies launched three new HD set-top boxes specifically designed to enable mid-sized and independent cable operators to leverage an interactive advantage in delivering enhanced video applications. EchoStar’s HC-620DRS, HC-410D and HX-410 set-top boxes come loaded with IP-based content management features and are optimized to support EchoStar’s new Aria ecosystem of hosted TV services. (For more on Aria, see EchoStar Sings A New Song For Cable).
All three set-tops feature EchoStar’s Graphical User Interface with operator-specific branding, along with universal content search capability and access to hosted VOD libraries. In addition, all three boxes support EchoStar’s Universal RF remote control with IR learning, continually updated device code database and 2-way receiver communication.
The SlingLoaded HC-620DRS is an Internet-connected HD DVR set-top box that delivers a TV Everywhere experience allowing subscribers to access their linear programming and recorded content both inside and outside the home on the connected device of their choice. It also supports over-the-top content streaming, TV apps, and remote DVR controls.
The HC-410D is a single-tuner HD set-top that contains EchoStar’s DVR Conversion technology. The box can be converted to a DVR by connecting an off-the-shelf USB 2.0 external hard drive and receiving a remote authorization code from the operator.
The HX-410 is a full digital IP thin client that supports multimedia services over IP-based networks. When networked with an HC-620DRS in the home, the HX-410 provides Whole Home DVR functionality.