Sunday, June 12, 2011

Motorola Televation Offers CableCard Programming, Transcoding, Wi-Fi

Motorola Mobility introduced its "Televation" broadband device for distributing live TV via Wi-Fi to any IP-enable screen around the home.

Televation employs a 1GHz digital tuner and CableCard to access broadcast TV channels directly from a coax outlet. The device has a high-performance transcoder that translates programming in real-time from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4, as well as changing resolution and bit rate to match the capabilities of the consumer's viewing device.

Televation uses Motorola's SecureMedia IPRM-HN technology to keep the programming secure while it is being streamed, and to preserve the digital rights associated with the program. IPRM-HN has been approved by both CableLabs and the DTLA (Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator), giving content owners peace of mind that their valuable asset remains safe.

Motorola is providing Software Development Kits (SDKs) for both Android and iOS development environments. The company is also providing a reference client application for tablet devices that can be easily branded by cable providers.

"Motorola shares our focus on developing innovative consumer entertainment experiences, and we're pleased to have been able to work with them on Televation," said Tony Werner, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Comcast. "As the digital home continues to evolve, Televation is one of many tools that MSOs can use to give consumers a more portable TV experience in the home so they can watch anytime and anywhere."

"Consumers love entertainment, and want easy access to TV no matter where they are in the home. Coupled with the explosive popularity of tablet devices, this represents a terrific opportunity for MSOs to increase customer satisfaction while generating new revenue," said John Burke, senior vice president and general manager, Converged Experiences, Motorola Mobility. "Televation gives our customers the ability to launch a new service that puts innovation back into TV, enabling their subscribers to enjoy TV beyond the TV."