Motorola Mobility announced Televation, a broadband device that works with a Wi-Fi router to allow consumers to watch live TV on a connected IP device anywhere around the home, whether they are preparing food in the kitchen or relaxing in the backyard.
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 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 program, Televation utilizes 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 provides Software Development Kits (SDKs) for both Android and iOS development environments, so customers can easily develop client applications that enable the subscriber to navigate, discover and select the show they want to watch. Motorola also provides a reference client application for tablet devices that can be easily branded, giving customers an alternative to developing their own application. Motorola worked closely with engineers at Comcast Innovation Labs to develop Televation.
“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 CTO 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.”
In other Motorola news, the company has launched its Medios Xperience platform. As part of the Medios multi-screen service management software suite, the cloud-based applications platform allows service providers to merge video content with social networking, games and Web-based content and delivers greater interaction capabilities with broadcast TV and video-on-demand (VOD) services.
Using the Motorola Medios Xperience platform, service providers can immediately deploy the following key services to their subscribers:
- TV and VOD Remote – Transforms a companion device, such as a tablet, smartphone or laptop, into a remote control to browse the enhanced programming guide, choose a VOD or linear title, and launch it on their device or any TV in the home. The experience will be part of a service provider’s branded site allowing consumers to look for content without interfering with the TV-watching experience.
- TV and VOD Streaming – Uses a companion device to browse a VOD store or enhanced linear electronic program guide (EPG), search and discover content, and watch it on the device. The functionality adds the flexibility of another screen in the home to consume premium content along with menu-based social networking options to further enhance the TV-watching experience.
- Enhanced User Interface – Provides an intuitive visual interface that improves search, navigation and discovery of content such as movies and TV shows. Featuring personalized recommendations, streamlined decision-making scenarios and a watch-queue, the enhanced user guide leverages the devices consumers are already using.
Since Motorola Medios Xperience is built with a clean separation between applications, control and content transport layers, service providers can quickly develop and deploy new experiences to mobile and home devices either internally or working with third-party partners without significant application development or infrastructure expense. Motorola also can host the platform on behalf of service providers.