Souped-Up Cable Box

AP -- Charter Communications is trying to fend off competition from satellite T-V companies by introducing what's being called the most feature-packed cable set-top box yet.
Charter is the nation's third largest cable T-V company.
The boxes will be able to record programming onto a hard drive, has a built-in D-V-D player and can serve as a media center for digital photos and music.
The devise supports two T-Vs and lets you record two different shows at the same time.
Executives at Charter think the market is ready for the technology.
The boxes will be available in the Fall. The first community to get the boxes will be Rochester, Minnesota.
The devise also has something called "Ethernet". Users can transfer digital musics or photo files from a desktop computer. Television shows cannot be transferred to a computer
Charter has ordered 100-thousand of the boxes which are made by Motorola.
A cable industry analyst says the order validates that there is a market for the set-top boxes, and the next step will be to see if other cable companies like Comcast and Cox will follow Charter's lead.
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