The Role of the Set-Top Box

The set-top box (STB) is the primary point of entry into the digital home for television services, including cable TV, DTH, and IPTV. This device has evolved beyond its historical role as a simple black box sitting on top of a large TV set into a smaller form-factor device supporting a variety of functions, notably …

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Choice of Storage Media for Portable Multimedia Players

The 1.8-inch HDD still has a firm grip on the PMP category that requires storage capacity of 20 Gigabyte or higher due to the cost per byte advantage over NAND flash. Our consumer survey indicated that among PMP owners, hard drive-powered devices still account for a slight majority of the ownership. On the other hand, …

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e-Health Opportunities for Global Service Providers a Parks Associates white paper

Aging and Chronic Care are a Global Issue In the United States, chronic conditions consume two-thirds of total healthcare expenditures and affect 120 million Americans. In Canada, more than two million people have diabetes, and the total cost of chronic diseases (including lost productivity cost) has reached C$80 billion annually. The EU spends approximately €74 …

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Digital TV Transition: Tour de Europe

1.0 The Migration to Digital The countdown to the digital switchover deadline began years ago in Europe, when each country passed legislation to set the final date for turning off analog broadcasting and switching on digital broadcasting. The motivations are multi-fold: digital broadcasting is a more efficient use of existing spectrums; freed-up spectrums can be …

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Digital Home Health—A Primer

1.0 Digital Home Health: Overview 1.1 Defining Digital Home Health Home healthcare enters a new stage in the digital age. Previous care delivery models included paid nurse visits, traditional phone-based telemedicine applications, and assisted living/nursing homecare, each with its own problems. Traditional telemedicine has been marketed as a substitute for the other two models but …

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