CES Briefs: EchoStar, Sony Expand Hi-Def Programming

Jan 9, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The prospect of pervasive high definition got a big boost at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with several announcements about expansions of availability of HD programming. For starters, EchoStar plans to expand its high-definition offerings next month with the rollout of a new HD package starting Feb. 1 that will allow it to deliver more than 25 national HD channels, including new additions ESPN2 HD and Universal HD, the company announced at the show. The satellite provider is also adding five new channels to its Voom HD service. Also at the show Sony Pictures Television announced its syndicated game shows “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” will be available in high-definition starting this fall, the first game shows available in HD format.

Scientific-Atlanta Readies Set-Top Box DVD Burner

In a nod to portability, Scientific-Atlanta plans to introduce this quarter its next-generation set-top box, which includes a built-in digital video recorder that will allow consumers to burn recorded TV content from the DVR onto a DVD. The MCP 100 should be available this quarter to S-A customers such as Comcast, Cox and Time Warner, said JT Taylor, director of product marketing for S-A.