I’ve gotten more than few friendly nudges lately for an update on the switched digital video (SDV) tuning resolver. The Motorola device is now officially called the MTR700 and it just came through a CableLabs interop with flying colors. Next the product will be submitted to CableLabs’ Cert Wave 60, and then it will be on display (functional and static demos) at the Cable Show in New Orleans.
Hard to believe a cable product could go through testing this quickly, but consumer CableCARD devices have made the technology a priority.
A few points of context:
- Cable operators don’t want to drive subscribers away because they can’t access certain channels on their retail CableCARD devices, hence the reason the industry has moved so quickly on the tuning resolver
- Operators have significant SDV plans for 2008
- SDV is a good thing! It means more capacity for, among other things, high-def TV channels