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Motorola expands all-digital STB lineup

Mon, 04/10/2006 - 5:01am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Motorola Inc. has boosted its all-digital set-top portfolio with the introduction of the DCT3080 and the DCC100.

The DCT3080 is a standard-definition, dual-tuner set-top/digital video recorder. The set-top can also provide multi-room DVR capabilities when connected to a special network interface module (NIM) that supports the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), a home networking technology that pipes data (including high-quality video) over existing home coax networks at speeds up to a theoretical 270 Mbps. Motorola’s NIM can also MoCA-enable other DCT models.

The vendor’s QIP set-top family, already in use with Verizon, supports MoCA natively.

The DCT3080 marks Motorola’s second go at an SD-DVR. Motorola once had plans for the DCT2600, a hybrid digital/analog SD-DVR, but removed it from the roadmap to focus on what became the DCT6412 HD-DVR.

“When we originally [offered] the DVR, it was targeted at high-end customers, so it didn’t make sense to offer it without HD,” a company spokesperson said. Since then, “massive DVR adoption” by consumers, especially those without HD sets, is pushing the need for SD-only DVRs. Indicative of that trend, Pace Micro Technology recently introduced “Vegas,” an all-digital dual-tuner SD-DVR.

Motorola’s DCC100, meanwhile, is a slimmed-down, all-digital satellite box that, thanks to embedded MoCA capabilities, will feed off of and play back content (digital video, photos, etc.) recorded on a primary DVR/set-top. The DCC100, just bigger than a standard deck of playing cards, is also capable of “down-converting” and playing back shows initially recorded to the DCT3080 in high-definition format. The DCC100, available this September, also supports a “proxied” DOCSIS Set-top Gateway (DSG), a standards-based signaling protocol.

Both boxes support the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP), a middleware specified by CableLabs.

The DCC100 and DCT3080 complement the DCT700, Motorola’s first all-digital set-top.

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