Motorla released a new digital video recorder (DVR) at CES that lets
consumers access and share video recordings, video-on-demand (VOD) content,
pictures and music in and around the home with the introduction of the new
Motorola QIP family of products.
The new Motorola QIP6416 is a high-definition (HD) capable, dual-tuner DVR
with watch-and-record capability; the Motorola QIP6200 is a single-HD tuner
set-top; and the Motorola QIP2500 is a single-tuner standard-definition model.
These three new Motorola set-tops are the first to include built-in home
media networking capabilities. Using a technology known as MoCA (short for
Multimedia over Coaxial Alliance), the Motorola QIP set-tops can create a
multimedia network using the existing coaxial cable already found in the walls
of a consumer's home. This network is capable of transporting high-definition
video, high-quality digital voice, and high-speed data to televisions, DVR,
game consoles, wireless access points, and home computers.
The products are also unique because they support two different network
architectures within the same device, providing service providers with a
choice in way they can deliver digital video services into the home: The first
supported is the traditional quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) method
commonly used today by cable operators, which sends video information to the
home over radio frequencies. The second is the newer, emerging video-over-IP
method, which delivers video to the home using packets of data.
Verizon Communications is the first Motorola customer to offer QIP series
set-tops, as part of the Verizon FiOS TV service now available in parts of
Texas, Virginia and Florida. In an agreement previously announced, Motorola
is providing video network infrastructure and video consumer premises
equipment related to Verizon's launch of video services on the company's new
fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network. Verizon uses QAM to deliver scheduled
programming and IP to deliver on-demand video to FiOS TV customers.