LG logoNot only did LG get selected for the new HDTV set-top-boxes, but they started production already too. The five-year deal between DirecTV and LG will provide MPEG-4 receivers with HDCP-HDMI outputs for the most digital compression and copy protection. The new boxes will be branded as "DirecTV", so don't be on the lookout for LG boxes.

The initial boxes as part of this deal will not have DVR functionality, but according to the press release, this "sets the stage for LG Electronics to develop next-generation MPEG-4 HD DVRs (High- Definition Digital Video Recorders) and Home Media Center set-top boxes." Hey Echostar: you are moving Dish Network to MPEG-4, aren't you???


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