I think Dreambox DM 8000 is the dream box that everyone is looking for as it is an all in one box FTA HD/SD, Pay TV HD/SD, OTA HD/SD and on top of all MPEG2/4 H.264 PVR and network connected, the only 2 questions that left to be answered are:
1-Will Dish Network sub this box for its subscribers?
2-Will it be HDCP compliant so any HDTV can display it's contents via HDMI or DVI-D?
Her is some Specifications:
* Twin tuner (optional card)
* DVI, HDMI & h.264
* Hardware MPEG2, MPEG4 & WM9 (HDTV compliant)
* 300Mhz CPU
* 128MB RAM
* 32MB Flash
* MiniPCI slot
* Super cool display (RGB color adjustable)
* DVD player (slimline) optional
* 2 x CI, with eject button
* 2 x smartcard reader & 1 simmcard reader (internal)
* Multiple layer 3D menu (16 milion colors)
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I hope so. I've been eagerly waiting for it for quite a while myself. However, I think it is extremely unlikely that any of DISH, DirecTV or GlobeCast will provide any native or smart card based support for this box.
Well, I posed this question to a Dish Network executive yesterday at CES. He barely restrained himself from rolling his eyes, but it was perfectly clear that the current mindset of Dish is that allowing users to subscribe with this kind of third-party equipment will never happen.
Anything can change given enough time -- the Grand Canyon was once level ground -- but this issue appears to be dead for the foreseeable future.
Yeah, you missed you homework - this type of question must be well prepare and should start from short historical recall: in 1997 or 1998 Dish announced partnership with Broadlogic for manufacturing PCI card ABA-1020 ( and the company made other PCI card for DTV ABA-1030).
Small amount the card (less then 1000) what been distributed to OEM for develop software (btw, I saw the card at eBay a couple years ago).
So, where is the card now?
:shrug: Echostar and DBS were a lot different back then. Apparently, E* briefly explored having that card available, but quickly shut down that project. That's not much of an argument in favor of E* embracing any new third-party equipment makers any time soon.
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