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New Motorola Set-Top with KDDI Transfers Content to Cell Phones

KDDI, a major operator in Japan, has picked up the new Motorola VIP1830 set-top. Branded the au Box, the set-top is meant to be used with KDDI’s au mobile phones. The pairing is designed to make content portable from set-top to phone – or portable media player with a USB connection – and back again. Initial services appear to focus on non-DRM content only, but there is some cool functionality:

  • Set-top includes a CD player and lets you rip CDs to play through the box’s integrated speakers or transfer to a mobile handset
  • You can upload video from a portable device, encode it on the set-top and transfer it to a mobile phone
  • DVD player included
  • Internet connectivity included for purchasing media online – it is not clear whether KDDI is making use of this immediately
  • The set-top platform is based on Motorola’s KreaTV open software platform, and is compatible with a “wide range of OS middleware and Digital Rights Management” technologies

KDDI is set to launch the au Box service on November 1st. Hoping for info from the ground after that. Stay tuned.

6 Responses

  1. [...] KDDI will launch in November a new product and service called au Box. More information can be found in Asiajin (BTW, a great Blog) and KDDI website. The Box is a Motorola CPE, supposedly based on KreaTV Open Software Platform. [...]

  2. [...] Motorola Set-Top Transfers Content to Cell Phones: Connected Home 2 Go [...]

  3. [...] of CES content to post, I thought I’d start with some new details and exclusive pics of the Motorola-created au Box launched by Japan’s KDDI last November. The idea behind the KDDI au service is to make [...]

  4. [...] Motorola created a specialized solution with the au Box for KDDI, which includes the ability to transfer video from the set-top to a mobile phone. At the same time, just because a solution is developed for a specific customer doesn’t mean [...]

  5. [...] may remember KDDI from last fall when it introduced a service allowing subscribers to transfer DVR content to their mobile phones. KDDI uses Motorola IP set-tops for the service, and I got a good look at the branded au Box back [...]

  6. [...] is a Motorola customer that has been innovating with fixed-mobile convergence services for years now. In its latest venture, the Japanese operator is showing off an interactive mobile [...]

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