If you read this blog regularly, you may have seen this news coming. Motorola is introducing a whole new line of MPEG-4 AVC, all-digital set-tops. The DCX line includes the DCX3400 dual-tuner HD DVR, the DCX3200 single-tuner HD set-top, and the DCX100 single-tuner SD set-top.
With broadcasters already making the switch to MPEG-4 compression, the shift this year in cable set-tops was inevitable. As with encoders, however, the transition isn’t going to happen all at once. Which is why the new DCX set-tops support MPEG-4 and MPEG-2.
Other features in the DCX line include:
- 1GHz tuners – Many operators are already upgrading to 1GHz networks for future bandwidth savings. Tuners in these set-tops will let them take advantage of those upgrades.
- DOCSIS downstream channel bonding – Yup. A data connection. For “future services”.
- Choice of software – As always, operators can run the software they want on these set-tops, legacy or OpenCable-based. (Tru2way?)
- Support for MoCA (whole-home networking), HTML, DOCSIS, MCard, OpenCable and Dolby Digital Plus