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Deutsche Telekom using Motorola’s IPTV boxes

Tue, 09/02/2008 - 8:15am
Brian Santo

Deutsche Telekom is using Motorola’s high-definition (HD)-ready IPTV set-tops for its fledgling IPTV service, T-Home Entertain.

The German phone company announced in May 2006 that it was working with Microsoft to create an IPTV service based on the latter’s Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software.

Deutsche Telekom began accelerating its network build out earlier this year, upgrading its ADSL2+ network on a city-by-city basis. By the end of the second quarter of 2008, it had signed up about 250,000 subscribers. It recently said its target is half a million by the end of 2008. The company never announced what set-tops it has been using.

In what Deutsche Telekom and Motorola are billing a “collaboration,” Motorola will provide T-Home with a version of its VIP1616 IPTV set-top, a digital video recorder (DVR) model for recording content.

The VIP1616E set-top has two-way IP capability, so it can support not only broadcast television, but also time-shifted television, multicast and video-on-demand (VOD).

Motorola said the VIP1616E is fully compliant with Microsoft Mediaroom.

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