Posted on September 23, 2011 by Motorola Mobility Home
This week, the tech world has been abuzz about some major company shifts. On Monday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings publicly announced that the company will split into two separate businesses. Netflix plans to maintain its streaming video business model while spinning off its DVD rental service under the new name, Qwikster. Hewlett-Packard also appointed Meg Whitman as the company’s new CEO; with HP’s recent announcement to spin-off its PC business, many are speculating about coming strategic changes under Whitman’s leadership. On Thursday, Facebook announced potential partnerships with Hollywood studios, Hulu and possibly Netflix in the near future. How do you think these new deals and executive changes will impact the tech world?
In other news, Motorola plans on testing the highly-anticipated CCAP next year which will smooth out the transition to IP. Check out Motorola’s Jeff Walker’s conversation with Jeff Baumgartner of Light Reading, below, and Walker’s related blog post from last week. Lastly, watch a few of our video posts from the last few days featuring Motorola Mobility executives and industry thought leader Shelly Palmer. All are discussing key trends and issues presented at our Users’ Conference in San Diego this week.
1. Netflix Apologizes to Customers & Rebrands Its DVD Service (Sept. 19) – By Ben Parr, Mashable: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has announced that Netflix will be splitting its DVD and streaming video businesses and rebranding the DVD division to win back the trust of its customers.
2. Whitman at H.P.? The Idea Distresses the Tech World (Sept. 21) – By David Streitfeld, The New York Times: As speculation swirled Wednesday that Meg Whitman might be brought in to save the troubled Hewlett-Packard, the tech world rendered a verdict: You have got to be kidding.
3. Moto Takes Long View on Cable Access (Sept. 23) – By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading: Motorola Mobility Inc. much-anticipated Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) product is on course for demonstrations, testing and lab events sometime in 2012.
4. Facebook seeks exec to cut deals with Hollywood, Hulu and, maybe, Netflix (Sept. 8 ) – By Jim O’Neill, FierceOnlineVideo: The social networking giant will announce a platform that allows users to share what TV shows and movies they’re watching. What isn’t clear is just how much further the company will go.
5. Videos from the Motorola Mobility’s Users’ Conference – By Motorola Mobility, MediaExperiences 2 Go blog: Dan Moloney on convergence, Shelly Palmer on the two types of consumers or Joe Cozzolino on maximizing bandwidth.
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Posted on August 24, 2011 by Motorola Mobility Home
Motorola Mobility and Telenet, a leading provider of media and telecommunication services in Belgium, have combined forces to offer consumers greater entertainment and home security capabilities.
With their advancement to IPv6 features using Motorola’s technology and Telenet’s network, operators can offer expanded IP services to a growing number of consumer devices including smartphones, tablets; Internet-enabled gaming consoles and TVs, and home security and monitoring applications. Consumers can now lock their front door from a smartphone, or enjoy expanded entertainment options on a tablet. As IPv4 addresses are quickly running out it is important for operators to be able to implement IPv6 to expand their IP services capabilities.
Specifically, Motorola and Telenet have successfully tested and evaluated the first phase of the IPv6 features of Motorola’s BSR 64000 Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS). The tests demonstrated the IPv6 capabilities of the Motorola BSR 64000, which allows Telenet to deliver its residential broadband and video services across Belgium. Check out some of the coverage from our announcement to learn more!
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Posted on June 29, 2011 by Motorola Mobility Home
Yesterday’s Parks Associates “Connections” event in Santa Clara celebrated the analyst firm’s 25 year anniversary and featured Motorola Mobility’s David Grubb III as the welcome session keynote speaker. The vice president of architecture and strategy for the Converged Experiences business, David discussed how these experiences are coming to fruition and the benefits to consumers.
With three key ingredients in place – converged networks, services available via IP and application-capable mobile devices – the converged experiences landscape emerges. While this enables “anywhere, anytime” access for consumers, what does it really mean in terms of practical usage?
“If you were to sum it up in two words, it would be ‘tablet TV,’” said David.
He went on to share a few details on Motorola’s new Televation and Medios Xperience offerings, which were announced recently at The Cable Show that offer live TV streaming to a tablet anywhere around the home (Televation) and the tablet as a remote control/alternate content provider (Xperience).
He also discussed the recent reports in the media touting cord-cutting/cord-shaving as a significant issue in the industry. David rebuked those claims with some figures showing how the Internet really isn’t there yet in terms of delivery and bandwidth, ultimately demonstrating that traditional delivery mechanisms will continue to be very important for a long time to come. Additionally, the “media omnivore” consumers who will subscribe to any and every content delivery mechanism are growing in number with the proliferation of “anywhere, anytime” content.
Ultimately, David reiterated that converged experiences need to be friendly and valuable to consumers, not overwhelming and complicated. The industry’s greatest challenge will be to gracefully evolve networks and services to deliver these new and exciting offerings.
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Posted on December 29, 2010 by Mari Silbey
The home automation industry has followed a long and tortuous road, but a number of new products on the market and planned broadband services suggest we may have turned a corner. Word came out today that Verizon has a smart-home trial planned for next month, and a broader commercial launch scheduled for some time in the first half of 2011. The service will work with Motorola’s 4Home technology, and will include networked cameras, thermostat and appliance monitors, and automated lighting controls, among other features. It will work over FiOS and DSL.
Home monitoring and control isn’t new for Motorola, but until recently the company’s cable and telco customers weren’t ready to invest in the technology. Now with pervasive broadband, and the rise of networked homes, operators are judging that the time is right. Soon our connected homes will become smart homes as well.
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Posted on December 28, 2010 by Mari Silbey
Continuing on yesterday’s theme, here are some of my favorite posts from the second half of 2010.
July: New Multi-Room DVR: Pause Live TV, Record Anywhere – covering a multi-room DVR deployment with Cincinnati Bell including features not available in larger operator environments
August: VOD Economics: Are We There Yet? – on collapsing release windows and other signs that the economics for VOD are improving
September: Perceptual Video Processing Cuts Bitrate in Half – how to use PVP to cut bandwidth requirements while maintaining video quality
October: What Ever Happened to CMTS Silver? – discussing the future of upstream bandwidth
November: Options for Cable IP Video Delivery – detailing different ways for cable operators to deliver video over IP
December: From Wireless Gateways to AllVid, A Look Back – on the evolution of gateways in the home
Filed under: 3D TV, Bandwidth, Cable, Internet, IP, IPTV, Networks, VOD | Leave a comment »