New Gear Mitsubishi Products in the Pipeline
At the Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America (MDEA) line show in Orlando last month, new product announcements received as much fanfare as the company's views on IEEE 1394 (FireWire) connections, which MDEA includes—along with 5C copy protection and Net Command 2.0 home theater control software—in all of its integrated HDTVs and D-VHS digital VCRs.
VP of Marketing Bob Perry proclaimed the merits of 1394 digital connections for home theater use as opposed to DVI connections. He said DVI was invented to port video from a computer to a PC monitor, not for home theater use. DVI video signals are uncompressed and cannot be recorded. Nor can DVI be used as a networking connection as 1394 can. Perry also noted that, so far, cable MSOs have shipped more than 200,000 set-top boxes (STBs) with 1394 connections, but zero with DVI.
Perry also expects analog HD component video outputs will not be phased out of STBs, thus making millions of DTVs obsolete. "We've already hit critical mass," he said. "That's why cable is launching [HD] cable boxes with HD component out." Regarding the early adopters who have bought DTVs, Perry said, "Congress and the FCC are aware that we cannot disenfranchise those consumers."