Foxtel's new iQ2 box also features an ethernet port, although they refuse to actually say anything about how it will be used when the box is released in June.
CEO of Austar, John Porter, was quoted as saying:
"We're agnostic when it comes to content. Our vision is to be the consumer interface for digital content, no matter which pipe it comes through, be it digital terrestrial TV, satellite or the web. It's about our box morphing into being a media centre for the TV set."
While we can't say that Foxtel won't follow the same approach, it is refreshing to hear somebody talking about making their box little more than a medium for content to collect, rather than trying to control every facet of a consumer's viewing experience.
Of course, by not controlling the content flow, the Austar box could quickly become the new home for internet porn in your home. Whether that's a bad thing is completely up to you.