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Multi-Channel News: Out-of-the-Box with Comcast Anyplay, powered by Televation

If you’re a regular reader or a Comcast Xfinity customer in Denver or Nashville, you’ve probably heard about Comcast’s new AnyPlay service, which launched in January and uses Motorola’s Televation box to stream live cable TV to your tablet. 

Leslie Ellis at Multi-Channel News recently got her hands on it and took down her first impressions. Here are some excerpts:

-“That’s where AnyPlay is different, and I’ll say it, better..”

 – “…it’s an extension of the TV programming you already pay for…”

- “It’s a standalone box. No video outputs. Coax in, Ethernet out to the modem/wireless router, and voila: Television on the iPad. (Droids and other devices to come.)”

- “How does AnyPlay compare to the other lab streamers? Put it this way. The lab stuff is in a back room. All those screens, all those services, no TV at the desk! Until now. (I expect my quality of work to degrade precipitously.)”

Read the full story here: http://www.multichannel.com/blog/Translation_Please/33073-Inside_a_Comcast_AnyPlay_Installation.php

And find out more about Comcast AnyPlay at www.xfinity.com/anyplay.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of Jan. 30

What good are your favorite TV shows, songs and photos if you can’t share them? Motorola Mobility’s Larry Robinson discusses how the company has opened the floodgates for content delivery and sharing.  He highlights the company’s efforts to transform DVR recording units into home video gateways, designed to stream content to other IP-connected devices in the home.

The way we consume content has certainly changed as we grow more and more attached to our second screens. In fact, survey results show that the average Super Bowl viewer will check their mobile device up to 10 times during the game and almost a third of viewers will have their devices in hand while they watch the big game! Specifically, advertisers are leveraging social media as an opportunity to advocate their brands and keep viewers engaged. The value of these channels can be seen in Facebook’s public filing this week as the company seeks to raise a whopping $5 billion. Do you plan on using Facebook or Twitter during the big game?

1. Motorola’s New Strategy Brings Content to your Tablet (Jan. 28) By Jillian, PadGadget: Motorola has the details on how they would change the face of DVRs by replacing those recording units with home video gateways designed to move content between all of your devices and technology (including gaming consoles, computers, tablets, smartphones or other set-top boxes).

2. Super Bowl Viewers Will Check Phones 10 Times During the Game (Feb. 1) By Sam Laird, Mashable: Nearly half of Super Bowl XLVI viewers will check their mobile device as many as 10 times during the game, and almost a third of viewers under age 45 will watch the game “with device in hand.”

3. Super Bowl advertisers seek buzz on social media (Jan. 29) By Yinka Adegoke, Reuters: In the age of Twitter and Facebook, many Super Bowl viewers will use the commercial breaks to go online and see what people are saying about the game. This year, advertisers want them to tweet about their favorite commercials as well.

4. Facebook Seeks to Raise Up to $5 Billion in Biggest Internet IPO on Record (Feb. 2) By Brian Womack, Bloomberg: Facebook Inc., the social-networking website that in eight years changed the way the world communicates, filed to raise $5 billion in the largest Internet initial public offering on record.

5. TV’s Next Target: 4K Displays (Jan. 30) By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News: The next big leap in high definition TV is so eerily realistic, watching it is almost like looking out a picture window.

Motorola Mobility Booth Photos @ CES 2012

Motorola Mobility is showcasing its lastest innovations in home and mobile devices at CES this week. Check out some photos from our booth below or, if you are at the show, stop by and see us in booth #8644.

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Fourthwall Media EBIF Platform Connects Companion Devices to Motorola Set-tops

FourthWall Media announced today an agreement with Motorola Mobility today in a release to utilize FourthWall’s EBIF Platform for Motorola set-tops and FourthWall’s AirCommand solution, both for Motorola Medios, a multi-screen service management software suite for the cable industry.

The Motorola Medios MultiScreen Service Management Software Suite helps service providers automate and simplify video management and delivery, content marketing, interactivity and network management through a cost-efficient, flexible system of powerful but easy-to-use applications. Integrating AirCommand into Medios enables operators to deploy subscriber experiences that have been limited to IP-capable set-tops only. Now, any EBIF-capable set-top, including the sizeable deployed base of legacy QAM set-tops, can provide subscribers with true next-generation experiences without having to transition to IP.

Read more in today’s announcement here

EastLink Brings All MPEG-4 HD Services to Consumers

Bandwidth intensive services like high-speed Internet, HDTV and 3DTV continue to put a heavy strain on networks.  That is no longer an issue for EastLink, Canada’s largest privately held Cable company, who will now be able to increase high definition (HD) services for its customers. EastLink will now incorporate MPEG-4 video compression technology in all of its broadcast and on-demand HD services.  This major step is a first in the industry and solves bandwidth requirements for EastLink, especially as more services migrate to HD and 3DTV. EastLink deployed the Motorola SE-6601 Encoder to offer MPEG-4 encoding along with two HD set-tops, the DCX3400-M and DCX700-M. These set-tops allow for the migration of HD broadcast and on-demand services to MPEG-4, again saving bandwidth without sacrificing the user experience or picture quality. 

The Motorola SE6000 line of Encoders includes our patented perceptual video processing technology that selectively attenuates details in an image, leading to improved compression efficiencies. Additionally, through integrating the Motorola CAP1000, EastLink can now benefit from more advanced capabilities like ad insertion, rate shaping and simultaneous channel substitutions.

The move to provide all HD services in MPEG-4 allows EastLink to free-up the bandwidth needed to easily support the first steps to IPTV delivery. Read more in today’s announcement.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed: Week of September 19

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.

IP Set-Tops Growing to 21M This Year

On Wednesday, analyst firm In-Stat shared some exciting predictions for the IP set-top market. New research from the firm shows that the market is growing and predicted unit shipments for IP set-tops will exceed 21 million by the end of the year. Another interesting forecast is that overall shipments of IP set-tops will increase 48% in 2012.

The research also indicated that we are still the market share leader in the space.
 
Research Director Michelle Abraham said, “Future increases for IP set-top box shipments will likely be driven by service providers moving to a server/client architecture where there is a media gateway/server located in the media room of the house that shares its content with client boxes that are distributed throughout the rest of the home.”

We are excited that this research echoes what we’re seeing and hearing from customers, and supports our perspective on the value of IP set-tops across the market. Do these forecasts align with what you are seeing? What do you think is next for IP set-tops?