[mythtv-users] Firewire no longer required on HD STBs

Justin Johnson justin.johnson3 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 29 16:49:54 UTC 2010

The FCC grainted a waiver to STB manufacturers allowing them to remove
the firewire ports from their STBs, so long as they include similar
functionality through an IP-based interface.
The way I read it is that current STBs will not have their firewire
ports disabled, but future boxes are not required to include them, so
long as an ethernet port and the requisite software interface is
included. The waiver was granted on the basis that the inclusion of a
firewire port not only increases production costs, but also prevents
innovation. Interesting to see that the FCC seems to think that
firewire is a dying standard. Along with Apple's decision to not
include firewire in their latest products, could it be that firewire
will go the way of the serial port?
--Justin Johnson

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