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  • hunger423 hunger423 Sep 17, 1999 8:53 AM Flag

    $1 billion order for cable set-top boxe

    Abbie, Mindless, Nosell, et al.

    Good news
    on the VOD front. Looks like Cablevision awarded a
    large contract to Sony Corporation for a delivery of 3
    million set top boxes.

    September 16, 1999:

    Cablevision in $1B Sony Box Deal

    New York -- Sony
    Corp. of America landed a $1 billion deal Thursday to
    supply Cablevision Systems Corp. with 3 million digital
    set-top boxes and infrastructure for offering advanced
    interactive cable services beginning next summer.

    deal is the first U.S. advanced set-top win for Sony,
    which will provide OpenCable-compliant boxes running on
    the "Aperios" operating system it developed with
    General Instrument Corp.

    Cablevision said the
    system -- plus yet-to-be-chosen middleware and
    applications -- will enable such services as video-on-demand;
    e-mail and Web browsing; customer access to their
    cable-account profile,which they can configure at will;
    expanded digital and interactive programming; and
    home-networking support.

    Cablevision plans to begin
    deploying the boxes "aggressively" beginning next summer in
    its metropolitan market here, which passes about 4
    million homes, CEO James Dolan said during a
    news-conference call announcing the deal.

    sidestepped questions about Cablevision's strategy for
    putting the set-tops into a consumer retail-sales
    environment, saying the MSO would emphasize marketing the
    services enabled by the device, rather than the device

    The primary Sony set-top will incorporate an
    IEEE-1394 "fire-wire" standard high-speed digital interface
    for linking the box to other devices such as digital
    TV sets.

    Sony and Cablevision said they would
    work to leverage the 1394 interface with Sony's
    "HAVi"(Home Audio/Visual interoperability)

    home-networking software and the Aperios OS to expand the
    potential universe of applications enabled by the


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