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Network DVR is Now

Bob Scheffler, Director, Next-Generation Video Solutions at Motorola Mobility spoke on Network DVR back in Aug and suggested “The network DVR timeline for most US cable operators reaches out 18 to 24 months from now, which means by the end of 2012 we should see numerous trials and regional service launches.” To endorse Motorola’s position, Cablevision rolled out a new commercial called “Secret Passages”.  For $10.95 a month, consumers can record up to four shows simultaneously and set, record and watch shows from any TV in the house.

Jeff Baumgartner at Lightreading notes “While it’s still early days for DVR Plus, it’s clear that Cablevision is trying to take advantage of the operational efficiencies of a network DVR that traditional DVRs with built-in storage can’t deliver.” Consumers are demanding content beyond the home on any device and we expect to see other operators jumping on board soon. Take a look at a video from Bob here discussing the benefits on Network DVR.


Motorola Brings DreamGallery to Shaw Subscribers

Shaw Communications is developing a completely new guide experience for its customers…thanks to Motorola’s technology DreamGallery. DreamGallery is a cloud-based HTML5 video tool suite that delivers tools for rapid creation of custom, operator-branded guide experiences through powerful animations, filtering and an easy-to-use Web-like interface.

DreamGallery gives Shaw complete customization control of their television portals for advanced user navigation, features, and functionality for the deployment of new video experiences to the Motorola DCX3200 and beyond. Shaw customers using the DCX3200, a high definition (HD) set-top with a single 1 GHz tuner that supports both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 can enjoy DreamGallery seamlessly. When configured with the optional MoCA® home networking interface, the DCX3200 can serve as a multimedia client for accessing content from other compatible devices in the home.

Watch a video below of Bjorn Lang, Software Solutions Architect @ Motorola discuss the challenges his team faced when developing DreamGallery and the consumer benefits.

Motorola Discusses “What’s Next?” @ the DowJones Fast Tech Conference

The second annual DowJones Fast Tech conference is taking place today and tomorrow in Redwood City, CA. Motorola Mobility’s John Burke, senior vice-president and general manager of Converged Experiences, kicked off the conference in a keynote Q&A panel entitled “What’s Next.” Dow Jones editors Dave Barry and Russ Garland interviewed John about “What’s Next” in convergence. For the past year, investors and entrepreneurs have turned their attention toward social media, mobile apps and the cloud. But what about going forward? What is the next great opportunity? John addressed service provider challenges and opportunities and exciting changes connected consumers can expect in their homes and on the go.

Last November, we released our 2010 Media Engagement Barometer research, an independent global study of video consumption habits among 7,500 consumers in 13 markets. At the conference today, John gave a preview of insights gleaned from this year’s report, which will be announced in a few weeks:

  • Mobile TV, Social TV, Connected Home, and Personal Cloud services stood out as major trends redefining the home ecosystem.
  • Each of these taps into the desire to be constantly connected, but with greater flexibility to take these services on-the-go.
  • In 2010, 5% ofU.S.consumers were accessing mobile TV on their smartphones. That number has increased to 23% in one year. That’s pretty dramatic.

Motorola Mobility Launches DROID RAZR and MOTOACTV

Yesterday was a busy day for our colleagues in Mobile Devices who unveiled in a NY press conference two new Motorola devices. Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility, took the stage and announced MOTOACTV- a lightweight, wearable fitness performance tracker and smart music player and the DROID RAZR–the world’s thinnest 4G LTE smartphone running on Verizon’s network. The DROID RAZR has some great specs… It measures 7.1 mm thin, made with KEVLAR fiber for strength and Corning Gorilla Glass for scratch resistance, powered by Android 2.3.5, Gingerbread, includes a 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video capture, 32 GB memory–16 GB on board and 16 GB microSD card pre-installed and much more. The new Motorola phone is equipped with MotoCast, a new app that lets you access content stored on your home or work computer securely. Users can stream or download their music, pictures and more from their PC to phone. Check out more information here on the announcements.

Motorola Mobility Users Conference: Sharing the Vision

This week in San Diego, we are meeting with our customers and industry peers to discuss the latest trends, new technology innovations and share ideas on how to breakthrough today’s challenges. Front-and-center to the discussion will be around the shift to IP, but we’ll also focus on a multitude of changes facing the industry and hear from Motorola executives, customers and industry thought leaders outlining solutions for each challenge. Of course, we’ll be showing off innovations from us for example – Motorola Televation, Motorola Medios Software Suite, 4Home Solutions and MPEG-4 encoding solutions.

The conference kicks off with Motorola Mobility’s president, Dan Moloney, sharing his vision for how Motorola is approaching today’s industry challenges and offer his perspective on the future of converged media experiences. Guest speakers include a couple of our customers and Shelly Palmer, host of NBC Universal’s “Live Digital with Shelly Palmer.”

Senior leaders, John Burke, Joe Cozzolino and Larry Robinson from our Converged Experiences, Network Infrastructure and Home Devices businesses respectively will be sharing the stage with Rob McLaughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Global Home Go-to-Market, outlining solutions to meet today’s industry demands. We’ll also hear from our Chief Technology Officer Geoff Roman on trends transforming our industry and his vision for what’s next, and Vice President & General Manager of Video Processing Solutions, Kevin Wirick, on the evolution of digital video and multi-screen experiences. Follow our blog, Twitter and check out YouTube for insight and video from the User Conference.

Network DVR on the Horizon – Who, When and Why

Author: Bob Scheffler, Director, Next-Generation Video Solutions

Network-based DVR has been years in the making, but cable companies are pursuing the technology with renewed momentum in the wake of Cablevision’s legal successes. After protracted battles in court, Cablevision launched its Remote Storage DVR (RS-DVR) service earlier this year, and now others are taking a closer look. In discussions with our own cable customers, we’ve seen interest in network DVR (nDVR) services spike recently, and more operators are now putting nDVR contracts out for bid. Comcast even went on the record in June saying that it will begin testing a network-based DVR service later this year or early next.

If the timeline for network DVR rollouts is interesting, so, too is the reason why cable companies are moving in the direction of cloud-based television. It’s not because they want to save on storage, but rather because they want an easier way to enable multi-device access. TV Everywhere initiatives marked the start of cable multi-screen delivery services, but the idea of giving consumers access to the content they record and not just content that’s available online is much more compelling. For consumers, network DVR with multi-screen access brings control and personalization. For operators, it offers a way to increase the value of bundled TV services, particularly as more online video content moves behind pay walls and can’t be accessed easily or quickly without authentication.

The network DVR timeline for most US cable operators reaches out 18 to 24 months from now, which means by the end of 2012 we should see numerous trials and regional service launches. DVR service will start to look a lot more like video on-demand, but it will also include more control and flexibility, not to mention new revenue opportunities for cable operators, and a boost in competitive advantage in the fracturing television market.