Motorola Mobility is developing a second generation version of its Televation device that will contain multiple tuners capable of delivering video from a set-top to several tablets and other IP-connected devices in a subscriber's home, EVP Marwan Fawaz told FierceCable Friday.
Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is the first U.S. cable MSO to deploy the first generation of its Televation product, using it in January to launch its AnyPlay service to subscribers in Denver and Nashville, Tenn. AnyPlay transcodes QAM channels into IP video and delivers encrypted signals to devices such as Apple's iPad and the Motorola Xoom tablet. Adding multiple tuners to Televation could help Motorola compete with TiVo, which recently launched a similar $130 product called TiVo Stream that can deliver four simultaneous streams to mobile devices.
Motorola recently licensed Comcast's Reference Design Kit, a pre-integrated software bundle that can power tru2way, IP and hybrid set-top gateways. Signing the RDK will allow Motorola to supply set-tops and gateways that can support Comcast's Xfinity X1 digital video service. Pace is currently the only vendor supplying set-tops for X1, which is available in Boston and Atlanta. Comcast has said it will expand the rollout of X1, which lets subscribers access a cloud-based interactive program guide and apps such as Facebook and Pandora Internet radio, in five additional markets this year.
Fawaz, the former CTO of Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) and Adelphia Communications, joined Motorola in June. He and SVP of strategy and technology Matt Bell said Friday that the company will focus next week at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo on solutions for multiscreen video distribution. They said the company will also pitch hybrid digital video solutions and IPTV products.
Since joining Motorola in June, Bell said he has worked on creating "pre-integrated solutions" that can help operators transform their network architecture, including network-based DVR technology, multiscreen programming solutions and home automation products.
In addition to its Medios multiscreen software, Motorola will be touting its DreamGallery software in Orlando next week, which can help operators integrate social TV applications and offer subscribers t-commerce products.
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