Hana to create guidelines for digital devices
Expect a lot of talking about high definition in the coming months.Last week the big radio groups got together to form the HD Radio Alliance to coordinate the rollout of high-def radio broadcasts across the country. This week, it’s video’s turn. A group of media and tech firms formed Hana (High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance) to create guidelines for new video devices that allow recording and transfer of digital files while protecting from piracy. Hana was formed by cabler Charter Communications, NBC Universal, JVC, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Samsung and Sun Microsystems. Org plans to recruit additional members at the Intl. Consumer Electronics Show in January. Hana’s goal is to create a design standard to allow consumers to view, pause and record at least five high-def channels simultaneously, allow programming to be distributed anywhere within the home from one set-top box and allow content to be transferred from set-tops or PCs to portable digital devices. Hana-compliant products will include HDTVs, DVD players, digital video recorders, cable boxes and home theaters.