Paul Dempsey

By Janet Pinkerton One of the biggest glitches in high definition television (HDTV) is its current incompatibility with the set-top boxes operated by U.S. cable systems, which deliver television programming to roughly 70 percent of the nation's households. Challenged by Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard's November 1 deadline for resolving the issue, the cable and consumer electronics industries are positioning the IEEE 1394 digital bus as a primary technology for linking cable set-top boxes to DTV receivers. The technology--called "Firewire" by Apple, "iLink" by Sony--is a powerful means of transporting loss-less digital information on a home network, but it is one that exposes

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