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Motorola MPEG-4 Set-Tops in the Wild

Motorola DCX3400

An online forum thread on the Broadband Reports site confirms that Motorola DCX set-tops are now officially live in the field. I’ve heard rumblings about deployments since CES in January, but this is the first proof I’ve seen of the MPEG-4 set-tops making their way into consumer homes.

Two users report having the DCX boxes, one in Arlington Texas via Time Warner Cable, and one in the suburbs of Chicago via Comcast. The Texas user (who appears to be associated with Motorola, although I don’t know in what capacity) has a version with a 320GB hard drive, while the user outside of Chicago has a version with a 250GB hard drive.

There are several items worth noting about the DCX set-tops. First is their support for both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. Until recently, cablecos have only had MPEG-2 set-tops in the field, despite increasing market demand for MPEG-4 encoders. MPEG-4 allows operators to save bandwidth, which in turn means more HD and more VOD content. Second, these set-tops have a DOCSIS modem built in, which has intriguing implications for broadband data delivery. Third, the DCX product line includes 1GHz tuners, which support the upgrades some operators have made to 1Ghz networks, and the resulting bandwidth savings that come with them.

For complete specs on the boxes, see the official Motorola data sheets for the DCX3200 and the DCX3400 with DVR.

4 Responses

  1. […] processing take place in a set-top. Just the other day I witnessed a demo (pic above) using one of Motorola’s DCX set-tops and DLNA (a home networking standard) to network personal content to the TV. In that case the […]


  3. […] The 3D  Masters event is this week, and Motorola is joining up with Comcast to support some of the public viewing events on tap. Comcast will use Motorola DCX3400 set-tops for showings at the Augusta course, at the Comcast Center, and in Washington DC. The souped up DCX3400 units will include enhanced software for 3D viewing, but the hardware is no different from a set-top you’d find at home today. […]

  4. […] Now in Canada, Shaw is offering a third option. Starting in September, Shaw Direct (previously Star Choice) will let subscribers choose whether to buy a new HD DVR from the company for $399, or rent one for $15 a month. The set-top on offer here is the Motorola HDPVR 630. It’s a dual-tuner DVR with 320 GB of hard drive space, and an MPEG-4 receiver. […]

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