Home Networking Part 2 - Opening the Pipeline with 1394
Bonan adds, "We're interested in 1394 not for just hooking cable boxes to DTV sets, but because we want to hook digital TV to DVD players to digital satellite boxes. What you can create then is a digital A/V network in your house."
(Sony with Grundig, Hitachi, Matsushita, Philips, Sharp, Thomson and Toshiba have agreed upon a 1394-based core home networking specification, called Home Audio-Video Interoperability (HAVi). Sony's home networking module, the first to support HAVi, recently was licensed by Microsoft and, separately, TCI's National Digital Television Center.)
Pioneer is thinking the same way. The 1394 bus "allows Pioneer to take its core technologies...and tie everything together into a system that would allow for convenience in the home with interoperability with multiple components," said Paul Dempsey, senior vice president, sales and marketing, optical products at Pioneer New Media Technologies.