While The Cable Show is now over for another year, I’ve collected plenty of related content for an ongoing series of posts. First up: This video shows a demo of the Motorola MOVR, which is an evolution of the MCUBE concept device I wrote about last September. (Just discovered Motorola has an official video up of this as well.) The MOVR connects to your DVR set-top via USB and acts as its own Web server to make your recorded content available on any wireless, Internet-connected device. Dave Zatz saw the MOVR on site at The Cable Show as well, and has his take over at Zatz Not Funny.
There’s still no official word on when or how this gadget might be available, but my guess is that it would would sell/lease through a TV service provider. As with the MCUBE, the Motorola MOVR transcodes content from your DVR to a format that works best on whatever end device you’re using – adjusting for SD or HD, changing resolutions and encoding schemes, and adapting the bit rate as needed.
Also of interest, the end of this video shows how Motorola has added a video monitoring function to the MOVR as well. You can feed video from a camera in the home to the MOVR and then out over the Internet.