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January 03, 2008

Motorola Launches MPEG-4 Set-Tops for Digital Video Market

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Motorola (News - Alert), Inc. has announced new generation of MPEG-4 advanced video compression set-tops that reinforce the company’s proclaimed leadership position in the digital video market.

Showcased at the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES (News - Alert)) in Las Vegas, the DCX series is packed with technology that is designed to enable cable companies to bring more content to consumers today, while bridging the gap to the integrated applications and services of tomorrow.
In an effort to deliver a superior digital cable viewing experience, the DCX high-definition set-tops are loaded with features that include HD video and surround sound audio capabilities.
Home TV viewers will be able to enjoy advanced video services such as whole home DVR while generous hard drives make it possible to time shift TV shows and store customer-created multimedia content. Using the DCX as a multimedia hub, this stored content can then be shared with other compatible devices in the home.

"Based on more than 20 years of technology innovation in the video industry, Motorola's DCX product line will allow consumers to enjoy the latest video services at home," said John Burke, senior vice president and general manager for Motorola's Digital Video Solutions group, in a Thursday statement.

"The Motorola DCX series brings today's applications to life with the capacity to host new applications in the future and enables cable companies to effectively manage the transition from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4."

The DCX series is designed to fully support the growing consumer demand for HD programming and the increasing deployment of high-bandwidth applications with HD decode capabilities and MPEG-4 advanced video compression (AVC) support.

In addition, as these next-generation DCX set-tops combine MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 technologies, cablecos are able to maximize their investment in technology today while transitioning to MPEG-4.

The enhanced future-proof features for operators include 1 gigahertz tuners; DPCSIS® downstream channel bonding and fast IP connection; support for interactive applications; choice of software solutions; support for MoCA, HTML, DOCSIS, MCard™, OCAP, Dolby® Digital and enhanced features for cable customers; support for latest audio technologies; integrated home MoCA capabilities; and MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 capable.

Motorola shipped more than 65 million set-tops cumulatively through the third quarter of 2007. The DCX product line is scheduled for deployment in the third quarter of 2008.

Motorola is certainly a strong name in the technology field, positioning the company well to market its set-top boxes. With the integrated technologies and the advanced features, these set-tops will satisfy a variety of wants and needs, thus helping to position Motorola as a choice provider when transitioning to the all HD-video viewing world.
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMC (News - Alert) and has also written for eastbiz.com. To see more of her articles, please visit Susan J. Campbell’s columnist page.
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