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Provide a docking port for tuners so that a set-top box can be configured for multiple tuners, of various types, in the field.
Sony Electronics, Inc.
English (United States)
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Dockable Tuners for Set-Top Box
Provide a docking port for tuners so that a set-top
box can be configured for multiple tuners, of various types, in the field.
Kim Annon Ryal
of the Invention:
Currently a set-top box (STB) has a fixed
tuner configuration. This means that each STB has a single function (or set of
functions) as a receiver.
Instead of having fixed tuners inside the
STB, provide a docking port where various types of tuners could be plugged into
the set-top box. Software inside the STB would automatically recognize the
various tuner modules and provide the appropriate functionality.
Tuner configurations could include (multiple): NTSC, ATSC, DSS, or
Digital Cable tuners.
See the attached invention disclosure data sheet.
Hot plugging should not be
required/allowed. An authorized installer or retailer would do this