EchoStar Technologies... STB'ing Up On Entertainment


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[SatNews] New equipment will assist operators in delivering enhanced services...

EchoStar Technologies (NASDAQ: SATS) has launched three new HD set-top boxes (STB) specifically designed to enable mid-sized and independent cable operators to economically leverage their interactive advantage in delivering enhanced video applications. EchoStar's powerful HC-620DRS, HC-410D and HX-410 units come loaded with IP-based content management features and are optimized to support EchoStar's new Aria™ 'ecosystem' of hosted TV services, which enable resource-constrained cable operators to deploy enhanced video applications hosted at EchoStar's data centers directly to the new STBs. With Aria, operators can efficiently expand their video offerings with a growing list of cloud-based services that includes remote DVR programming, interactivity and TV Everywhere.

All three set-tops feature EchoStar's award-winning Graphical User Interface with operator-specific branding, along with universal content search capability and access to hosted VOD libraries. In addition, all three boxes support EchoStar's Universal RF remote control with IR learning, continually updated device code database and 2-way receiver communication. The SlingLoaded® HC-620DRS is an Internet-connected HD DVR set-top box that delivers a true TV Everywhere experience allowing subscribers to access their linear programming and recorded content both inside and outside the home on the connected device of their choice. It also supports over-the-top content streaming, TV apps, and remote DVR controls. The HC-410D is a single-tuner HD set-top that contains EchoStar's award-winning DVR Conversion technology. The box can be converted to a DVR by connecting an off-the-shelf USB 2.0 external hard drive and receiving a remote authorization code from the operator. The HX-410 is a full digital IP thin client that supports multimedia services over IP-based networks. When networked with an HC-620DRS in the home, the HX-410 provides Whole Home DVR functionality.

EchoStar will debut these products at the cable industry's top annual meeting, the NCTA Cable Show, taking place June 14-16 in Chicago. Demonstrations of these devices and the new Aria ecosystem will be held in EchoStar's booth #137.
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