S-A Starts Shipping HD Box

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Scientific-Atlanta Inc. said it's starting to ship its new "Explorer 4200" set-top box, which combines high-definition-TV and video-on-demand capabilities with an integrated Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification cable modem.

S-A said its "4200HD" will be able to display video at user-selectable scan rates of 480i (interlaced), 480p (progressive), 720p, or 1080i out of the HDTV outputs. Consumers will be able to stretch and zoom the video picture to maximize the viewable area on HDTV displays and scale HDTV video within the program guide.

The box can also display an HD image while downconverting it to standard-definition via National Television Standards Committee outputs, allowing subscribers to tape HD content on VCRs.

The box includes a universal-serial-bus port and an optional HDTV Digital Video Interface with HDCP high-bandwidth digital-content protection.

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