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Motorola Introduces First All-Digital Set-Top Family With

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 3 Jan 2006 14:08:37 -0500

Motorola Introduces First All-Digital Set-Top Family With
Built-In Home Media Networking Capabilities
- Jan 3, 2006 08:00 AM (PR Newswire)

Innovative New Set-Tops Simplify Whole-Home DVR, Sharing Music and
Photos Around the Home

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT)
today redefined the digital video recorder (DVR) as a multimedia hub
that lets consumers access and share video recordings, video-on-demand
(VOD) content, pictures and music in and around the home with the
introduction of the new Motorola QIP family of products.

The new Motorola QIP6416 is a high-definition (HD) capable, dual-tuner
DVR with watch-and-record capability; the Motorola QIP6200 is a
single-HD tuner set-top; and the Motorola QIP2500 is a single-tuner
standard-definition model.

These three new Motorola set-tops are the first to include built-in
home media networking capabilities. Using a technology known as MoCA
(short for Multimedia over Coaxial Alliance), the Motorola QIP
set-tops can create a multimedia network using the existing coaxial
cable already found in the walls of a consumer's home. This network
is capable of transporting high-definition video, high-quality digital
voice, and high-speed data to televisions, DVR, game consoles,
wireless access points, and home computers.

The products are also unique because they support two different
network architectures within the same device, providing service
providers with a choice in way they can deliver digital video services
into the home: The first supported is the traditional quadrature
amplitude modulation (QAM) method commonly used today by cable
operators, which sends video information to the home over radio
frequencies. The second is the newer, emerging video-over-IP method,
which delivers video to the home using packets of data.

Verizon Communications is the first Motorola customer to offer QIP
series set-tops, as part of the Verizon FiOS(TM) TV service now
available in parts of Texas, Virginia and Florida. In an agreement
previously announced, Motorola is providing video network
infrastructure and video consumer premises equipment related to
Verizon's launch of video services on the company's new
fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network. Verizon uses QAM to deliver
scheduled programming and IP to deliver on-demand video to FiOS TV


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