A War of Wires - Digital Cable and Cable Modems
Philips demonstrated interactive service on a MediaOne box, which could, theoretically, be deployed nationwide at retail, given the acceptance of the standard at cable headends and the economic incentive to distribute them.
Philips also demonstrated an advanced STB based on the Microsoft TV platform. The product will be commercially deployed in Europe in mid 2000. No word on U.S. availability was given.
Thomson, which had been talking about introducing an advanced digital cable set-top box for at least a year, didn't finally produce anything other than an empty mock-up labeled "retail-ready." A company spokesperson stated that Thomson does have plans to be in the advanced digital cable set-top box market but had no specific time table.