It’s now just a little over a year since Google acquired Motorola Mobility. Many were unsure what the acquisition meant, but saw it as a way for Google to boost its hardware capabilities, particularly in the mobile phone space. Now it’s apparent that there is much more to it than that.
At this week’s IBC 2012 electronic media show in Amsterdam, Motorola is announcing a large range of household IP and cable technologies “designed to meet consumer demand for multi-screen, over-the-top (OTT) and time shift TV, while reducing energy use and maintenance,” says Steve McCaffrey, EMEA General Manager, Motorola Mobility Home.
The IPTV set-tops boxes are based on Motorola’s KreaTV application platform. They support IPTV services such as HD broadcast, time shift, on-demand, OTT, and interactive applications.
“We’re also showcasing how the set-top is evolving,” says McCaffrey “It’s getting smarter and more connected, morphing into the centre of the IP connected home and connecting the consumer's content universe. The future of the set-top is just one example of how Motorola is driving the evolution of TV and a smart, simple connected home through innovative hardware and software technologies.”
Motorola products being showcased at the conference include:
- HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), a new HD video compression technology, which Motorola says will “transform the viewing experience across multiple platforms”. Motorola Mobility demonstrated the first HEVC demonstration to global service providers in May 2012. HEVC was jointly developed by ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG). Motorola was part of the committee that developed the HEVC standard.
- Medios Multi-Screen Software Suite: Medios DreamGallery HTML5 and Home Cloud Technology, Medios Merchandiser, Medios VideoFlow CMS, and Medios SecureMedia.
- Managed Home Solutions: ”a full-service suite of platform, network and cloud-based tools for enabling connected home services that help consumers save time, energy, and money via remote monitoring and control of their home.”
- ST-6000 Series Transcoder, which “offers flexible channel configurations for significant capital and operational savings and a highly simplified deployment model. With options to consolidate up to 12 channels of MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 onto a single 1RU platform, the ST-6000 provides an up to 80 percent reduction in power consumption and up to 90 percent savings in overall headend space requirements compared to single channel transcoding solutions.”