There was a time when a set top converter could take a non-remote TV and turn it into a wonder of convenience. Now the converter has turned that fancy, hi-tech, 32 function remote control TV into a color monitor.
There is a need to make the converter desirable again, to offer features that a TV set can't support, to make the decoder a convenience.
This paper follows the design of a new CATV converter from the initial marketing concept, to the design that is in production today. It tries to shed some light on the decisions which lead to that gap between what was asked for and what is finally produced.