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MPEG-4 Momentum

Amidst the stats in today’s Motorola earnings announcement is a note about continued uptake of MPEG-4. In the past quarter Motorola added several new MPEG-4 customers including DirecTV, HBO Latin America and Starz.

Other signs pointing to growth in MPEG-4 AVC:

  • DirecTV plans to introduce roughly 30 new HD channels in the next two weeks, all transmitted in MPEG-4
  • DISH Network is now dangling 1080p out on its hook for subscribers with MPEG-4 set-tops
  • Digital Tech Consulting predicts that shipments of “traditional” MPEG-4 AVC digital devices such as set-tops, digital TV receivers and gaming consoles will roughly double in the next two years (Though MPEG-4 will still be massively overshadowed by its MPEG-2 counterpart)

Remember that late last year Motorola’s Geoff Roman predicted that standalone MPEG-2 set-tops will completely disappear by the end of 2009.

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