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Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed: Week of April 25

It’s the end of April and recent news is all about connectivity. This week we saw some exciting coverage of streaming entertainment in the Internet Era with new offerings from service providers to allow for more multi-screen experiences. Software continues to evolve and help consumers access content anytime, anywhere, on any device. The week comes to an exciting close with the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  It’s a spectacle sure to have the whole world watching…did you? 

1. Comcast Is Making VOD More Like Live TV

April 28, 2011 By Ryan Lawler, NewTeeVee

Comcast has drastically expanded the amount of TV content available through its VOD service, now with all four major broadcasters on board with current-season TV programming available to subscribers. But more important than the addition of new content is some technology that will enable content providers to better track and monetize shows that Comcast subscribers are tuning into on demand.

2. The Future of TV: Why Broadcast Needs to Adapt

April 28, 2011 By Ron Frankel, Mashable

The TV industry is at a turning point, and it’s no surprise that this shift is causing operator and programming executives to aggressively rethink conventional wisdom and come up with new ideas to address changing consumer habits.

 3. Next Up for Netflix: Family Plans

April 18, 2011 By Janko Roettgers, GigaOM

Netflix will introduce additional streaming plans later this year that will offer the ability to stream to multiple devices simultaneously, according to a FAQ for investors published on the company’s website. Details are still to be determined, but the offering could look like a cell phone family plan, with an option to add additional accounts at a lower price point.

4. Travel+Leisure’s Best Travel Gadgets of 2011

April 20, 2011 Travel+Leisure

Travel + Leisure magazine announced the winners of its 2011 Tech Awards, featuring both the Motorola XOOM and Motorola ATRIX 4G in the Best Tablet and Best Smartphone categories.

5. How to Follow the Royal Wedding Online

April 28, 2011 By Doug Gross, CNN

Fear not. The British royal family is making sure that anyone with access to the Web will be able to keep up with the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Viewers can follow the royal wedding on any device anywhere including live streams via YouTube, Twitter, Flickr and TV broadcasting.

Motorola Mobility Announces First-Quarter Financial Results

Motorola Mobility today reported net revenues of $3.0 billion in the first quarter of 2011, up 22 percent from the first quarter of 2010. Mobile Devices net revenues in the first quarter were $2.1 billion, up 30 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. In Home news,compared to a year ago, revenues were up 8 percent and operating margin was higher.

Here are some Home highlights:
• Leveraged Motorola’s 4Home managed services solution with the announcement of Verizon’s connected home services which offers home control and monitoring to FiOS subscribers.
• Acquired Dreampark, allowing the continued expansion of the Company’s cloud-based Medios software suite and strengthening the Company’s ability to provide systems integrators, service providers, enterprises and content providers with innovative solutions for deploying converged media experiences.
• Launched a new wireless video bridge solution, the VAP2400, enabling content distribution for the broadband home.
• Achieved a world record for upstream speed using Motorola’s RX48 high-sensitivity DOCSIS CMTS receiver technology, a solution that enables operators to generate incremental revenue from their existing network.
• Selected by HBO Latin America to upgrade its satellite network using MPEG-4 equipment for high-definition video service delivery.

More information on earnings can be found here

Motorola Mobility is Honored with Verizon’s 2010 Supplier Recognition Award

In conjunction with Earth Day last week, Motorola Mobility was selected as a recipient of Verizon’s 2010 Supplier Recognition Award in the Green/Sustainability category. The Supplier Recognition Award was presented during Verizon’s Earth Day celebration on Thursday, April 21, at the Verizon Center located in Basking Ridge, N.J.

The award was given in recognition of the company’s strategic focus and vision in the development of green set-tops, Motorola QIP7232 and Motorola QIP7100, for Verizon FiOS service and the world’s first CarbonFree® Certified smartphone, Motorola CITRUS™, for Verizon Wireless.

Making The Most Out of the Upstream

As consumer devices get more advanced, they empower people to be their own content creator; from family photos to social network updates, everyone has something to share.  Robust infrastructure networks are required to quickly load this content to the cloud; however, our current networks are struggling to keep up.  Service providers need to be able to able to serve more subscribers and do so with faster data rates at higher volumes to meet growing consumer demands, but how?

There are always new networks,  although the more cost effective and realistic solution for cable is to improve the efficiency of their existing HFC networks.  The key to doing this in the upstream is to make better use of the higher and lower ends of the 5-42 MHz upstream spectrum, areas previously unusable due to noise ingress.   

By working together, Motorola Mobility and Cox Communications were recently to  combine the  new RX48 decoupled upstream module card from Motorola which hosts unique front end supporting a very high-sensitivity receiver which allowed for higher level 256QAM modulation and S-SDMA to clean up the 5-20 MHz return and allow for 32 and 64QAM to be achieved.   This resulted virtually doubling the upstream path capacity, to 150 Mb\s per second, and since the RX48 could achieve 256QAM, Motorola can offer 100 Mb\s over 3 upstream bonded channels where other vendors require four.

Additionally, Motorola and Cox announced a new upstream DOCSIS® speed record of 356 Mb\s using 5-85 MHz, 256QAM and S-CDMA.  The test was completed on Cox’s Las Vegas live plant and provided great insight into just how much potential the HFC upstream spectrum has to offer,

Such increased data capacity allows Cox to reach more customers, including both business and residential customers, using the same return path by enabling segmentation of residential and business customers where symmetrical services are demanded. 

That’s just a couple of way’s Motorola Mobility can help you to optimize an existing network.  As we continue to look for new and innovative approaches to getting the most out of today’s HFC networks; What are you doing to address these challenges?  If you could open up new levels of bandwidth, what new applications or services would you offer?

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed: Week of April 11

This week, Motorola was in Vegas for the 2011 NAB Show. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth! We had a great show with a lot of excitement around our SocialTV demos and encoding solutions. The concept of “TV Everywhere” dominated the show with everyone talking about Social TV and mobile TV. In case you missed NAB, check out some of the most thought-provoking articles from this week.

1.@ NAB: Mobile TV making headway, but carrier support ultimately needed
April 12, 2011
By Tracy Ford, RCR Wireless
A variety of stakeholders are trying to piece together the ecosystem around mobile broadcast TV, panelists told the audience at the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual trade show and conference.

2. Everything You Need to Know About the Fight For TV Spectrum
April 14, 2011
By Stacy Higginbotham, GigaOM
The fight is nothing short of an entertainment battle royale, with TV on one side and the iPhone on the other. Actually, it’s mobile phones, tablets and any other device we want to connect to the cellular network, but in a battle royale it helps to have a protagonist and an antagonist.

3. Apple the Top Tech Brand? Dream On, Harris Poll Suggests
April 12, 2011
By Mark Hacman, PC Magazine
Verizon, Sony, Motorola, and Nintendo – and not Apple – were among the top tech brands crowned by the 2011 Harris Poll EquiTrend study, based on a broad survey of U.S. consumers…Motorola ran away with the mobile phone brand of the year rankings.

4. Moto Medios Goes Social
April 7, 2010
By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading
Motorola Mobility Inc. is beefing up the capabilities of Medios, its multi-screen service management platform, with a new social component that can work on tablets, smartphones and other Internet-connected companion devices outfitted with HTML5-capable browsers. Although integration with set-tops is part of the long-term planning, the initial version of Moto’s cloud-based “SocialTV Companion Service” targets secondary screens.

5. Bieber, Angry Birds, Old Spice nominated for Webby Awards
April 13, 2011
By Doug Gross, CNN Tech
Justin Bieber and Angry Birds. Arcade Fire, Foursquare and the Old Spice guy. All are among the dozens of internet presences up for Webby Awards in 2011. The Webbys announced its list of nominees on Tuesday. This year’s nominees reflect the rise in mobile apps, particularly tablet computers like the iPad, Samsung Galaxy and Motorola Xoom.

Leading the Way with Transcoding: Evolving From MPEG-2 to MPEG-4

As many of you know, Motorola Mobility is making strides in the area of transcoding that provide great benefits to service providers and their consumers. Transcoding is the direct digital-to-digital conversion of one format to another, typically when a target device does not support the format or has limited storage capacity that requires a smaller file size, or to convert incompatible data to a more modern format.

As you may have seen, the Home business recently announced that HBO Latin America selected Motorola Mobility’s technology for all MPEG-4 programming distribution. This will help HBO Latin America convert their existing network from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 to better optimize their bandwidth utilization and allow for increased delivery of high definition services.

HBO Latin America now boasts the most advanced digital delivery system ever deployed in the region, yet the solution remains economical for consumers because they worked closely with Motorola Mobility to develop efficient, cost-effective solutions.

Why is this important? What does this mean to the industry and general consumer across the world? When technology companies like Motorola can partner with service and content providers in this manner, it allows for greater efficiency across the network.

This results in more bandwidth to increase the number of HD services offered and positions them to offer 1080p HD and 3D TV programming when service providers are ready for it. Also, Motorola’s solutions allow simultaneously support legacy MPEG-2 HD and SD services without requiring additional satellite bandwidth, which offers service providers great flexibility to serve virtually all customers.

So, what do you think? What trends are you seeing in transcoding? What would you do with the additional bandwidth?

2011 NAB Show

Motorola Mobility is at the 2011 NAB Show this week showing demos ranging from 3D TV to the launch of its SocialTV Companion Service, targeted at service providers looking to deliver multi-screen experiences to their customers. Check out some photos below from the show floor: