William Kennard

At International CES last week, outgoing FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said he had "no plans to announce" about his plans post-chairmanship. Now, he does.

The growth potential of our industry rests in new and innovative ways to move and use digital audio, video and data. But without copyright protection of digital content, that growth has been stymied. At the Western Show in Los Angeles in December, we watched hardware vendors and service providers dance around the opportunities and challenges posed by retail-able cable modems and cable compatibility with HDTV sets. At CES 2000, we admired the latest crop of HDTV sets, the DVD-R and DVD-HD prototypes, and the digital video recorders. Amid the CES festivities, Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard delivered an ultimatum to the cable, consumer

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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