Aiming to tap into the growing connected home concept, Motorola Mobility has launched a live streaming device designed to securely transmit subscription TV to IP devices connected to a home Wi-Fi network.
"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.
Motorola Mobility believes that in launching its Televation device it is meeting the increasing demands of the new television audience. According to the company’s 2010 Media Engagement Barometer research, consumers liked the idea of watching live TV somewhere other than a traditional family room and felt it would allow them to spend more time with loved ones if they had the ability to watch different programs in the same room.
Televation uses a 1 GHz digital tuner and CableCard to access broadcast TV channels directly translating programming in real-time from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4, changing resolution and bit rate to match the capabilities of the consumer's viewing device. The device has also 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, such as an iPhone, iPad or increasingly an Android smartphone or tablet.
In what will be much to the relief of content owners, to preserve the digital rights associated with content streamed program, Televation uses Motorola's SecureMedia IPRM-HN technology which has been approved by both CableLabs and the DTLA (Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator).