HOME MEDIA NETWORKS URGES GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE HOUSEHOLDS WITH FREE DIGITAL SET TOP BOXES

Home Media Networks argues that money from licensing off airwaves should be put back into helping UK consumers make the digital switch

HOME MEDIA NETWORKS URGES GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE HOUSEHOLDS WITH FREE DIGITAL SET TOP BOXES

Company Argues That Money From Licensing Off Airwaves Should Be Put Back Into Helping UK Consumers Make The Digital Switch

In response to Media Secretary Tessa Jowell's recent announcement, Home Media Networks Ltd, the leading developer of media center software - ShowShifter, backs the Government's desire to offer support to turning the UK on to digital transmission, but thinks that it should go one step further to provide households with free set top boxes.

Home Media Networks Ltd CTO Colin Tinto comments: "One of the main reasons the Government want to switch everyone to digital is to free up the radio spectrum, as digital TV takes up less 'space' on the airwaves. As soon as the space is free, this will allow the government to look into ways, as they did with 3G, in which it can license this 'space' off - making billions for the treasury."

With this additional cash, Home Media Networks Ltd suggests that the Government should provide all homes with set top boxes to ease the cost of households turning to digital programming.

During Home Media Networks' experience in developing ShowShifter, it has found that very few people need to upgrade their aerials, meaning the set top box is the user's only cost. For homes with more than one TV a set top box isn't the only solution. Some TV tuner cards for PCs can be purchased cheaper than the cost of a set top box. By using additional third party software like ShowShifter, the consumer can view TV schedules and record 100s of hours of TV, all for less than £100.

ShowShifter allows users to watch, record and time -shift (pause) TV, play DVDs, CDs and MP3 music files all through one interface. The ability to control ShowShifter with a remote control and its unique Farview interface enables the consumer to use the product from anywhere in the room with a simple, unified interface for all home entertainment components (DVR, DVD, CD, etc), as with conventional home entertainment products. ShowShifter has seen soaring demand since its launch in 2000, and now boasts over 1 million users worldwide.

About Home Media Networks Ltd
Home Media Networks Ltd is a company focused on the fast growing digital entertainment sector, producing software that runs on standard PC platforms to allow the user to watch, record and pause analogue and digital TV, play DVDs, and listen to MP3 music files. Its solution, ShowShifter, allows the user to pause a TV show to be replayed later and can be controlled remotely using a standard infrared remote control. Through unique FarView technology interaction works equally well close up or at a distance from the screen. ShowShifter is a replacement for TV, VCR, DVD and CD players in a traditional household, thus introducing numerous cost savings for the consumer. Home Media Networks Ltd is headquartered in Edinburgh, UK. ShowShifter can be downloaded from www.showshifter.com.

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