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New Motorola Set-Top with 500GB Storage, MoCA 1.1 & DOCSIS Modem

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)

4 Responses

  1. [...] are addressing IP with infrastructure and even CPE upgrades. (Motorola’s HD set-tops have embedded DOCSIS modems now.) Some may make a complete shift, but most will take an evolutionary approach to introducing IP. [...]

  2. [...] bandwidth needed. It also means that DVRs can hold more video per gigabyte of space. Combined with growing hard drives sizes, this is a promising development for DVR [...]

  3. [...] Video in the Home Pushes Up Storage Needs Posted on June 24, 2010 by Mari Silbey Parks Associates reported an interesting stat today on home video storage. According to a post on the firm’s blog, US broadband households will use almost one terabyte of storage for video at home by 2014. Sounds like a good argument for bigger DVR hard drives. [...]

  4. [...] Comcast has officially launched its multi-room DVR service, dubbed AnyRoom DVR, in parts of Oregon and Washington. The long-anticipated service uses Motorola DCX set-tops with MoCA, and connects up to three client boxes to one 500GB DVR hub. [...]

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