Motorola’s been showing off a reference UI for the TV since The Cable Show back in May. The demo got a few updates at IBC last month, and now at SCTE it’s gone through another upgrade. The goal here is to show what’s possible when you shift to HTML to design a program guide. Suddenly there are a lot more options, both visually and functionally. Note the widget-like boxes you can use to drill down through different features: a recommendation engine, new content highlights, and content categories, to name a few. It’s also a lot easier to port the whole experience to multiple screens when the guide is HTML-based. Here’s a mobile version.
Finally, it’s worth noting that in this demo Motorola is using its SecureMedia technology to protect the TV content being accessed on different devices. We’re talking software-based security. A little different from the CableCARD approach.