Motorola technology will be calling the programming delivery shots for ESPN. Motorola's DigiCipher II Uplink digital compression and access control system will digitally compress ESPN programming for delivery to its affiliates. On the receiving end, ESPN has also chosen to use the DigiCipher II Integrated Receiver/Decoder to decode the signals.
ESPN hopes the digital system will give it more control over programming delivery, better signal quality, and, essential to hardcore sports buffs, automated switching to alternate feeds during blackouts.
In other news, Motorola has signed a contract to develop a third-generation mobile phone network for Telefonica, a Spanish telco, by August 2001. The network will utilize General Packet Radio Service technology, which allows cell phones to stay connected with the Internet.