The latest leaner-meaner-greener set-top is here. Today at The Cable Show, Motorola announced the new DCX3501-M, an HD multiroom-DVR set-top with 500GB of on-board storage. The new set-top supports tru2way, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4, and storage expansion via eSATA.
It’s interesting to watch the new numbers war start up around set-top hard drive capacity. If one operator offers 320GB, another has to come out with half a terabyte of storage. Although television services can rarely be evaluated fairly in such stark terms, from an advertising perspective, simple number comparisons are exceedingly powerful.
Other specs for the new Motorola DCX3501-M:
- Integrated MoCA 1.1
- 512MB DRAM
- DOCSIS 2.0+ embedded cable modem with support for downstream channel bonding (Note: no operator has asked for this functionality yet)