At the NCTA Cable Show in Chicago, Motorola Mobility has unveiled another tool aimed at allowing cable operators to provide their customers with the ability to watch live TV on a connected IP device anywhere around the home.
Motorola Televation is a broadband device that works with a Wi-Fi router, and 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 while maintaining picture quality.
The device has an Ethernet jack to plug directly into the home Wi-Fi router so the TV show can be wirelessly streamed over IP to any device connected to the home network. To keep the programming secure while it is being streamed, and to preserve the digital rights associated with the programme, Televation utilises Motorola’s SecureMedia IPRM-HN technology. 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 worked closely with engineers at Comcast Innovation Labs to develop Televation. Tony Werner, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Comcast, said that as the digital home continued to evolve, Televation was one of many tools that MSOs could use to give consumers a more portable TV experience in the home so they can watch anytime and anywhere.