The cat’s out of the bag. Even though there’s been no official press release, CableLabs leaked and then confirmed that the Motorola MTR700 was one of two tuning adapters to be awarded certification in the recent Cert Wave 60. Quick recap: the tuning resolver is what will allow one-way cable devices to continue to access all cable channels even when some channels are moved to a switched digital network. Current plans are for the MTR700 to ship in the fourth quarter.
Interestingly, Comcast has been as enthusiastic about migrating to all-digital broadcasts recently as deploying switched digital video to save bandwidth. Another type of Motorola adapter, the DTA100, is on order from Comcast and will convert digital signals to analog for subscriber hold-outs still clinging to basic cable service.
Meanwhile, SDV work does continue to move forward. Cable Digital News recently reported that Comcast has added two more trial markets in Minnesota. Motorola has commitments in hand to pass more than 24 million households with SDV service.