The following is a Motorola press release from January 3. 2008 that describes the DCX series set-tops. The "DCX3400 - dual-tuner, high-definition DVR host set-top" is the only set-top box that I have seen mentioned that Houston Comcast may make available. Does anyone know if the other two set-top boxes (DCX3200 - single-tuner, high-definition host set-top or DCX100 - single-tuner, standard-definition (HD in /SD out) host set-top) will be made availabe?Motorola Delivers Enhanced Viewing Experiences and More HD Content with Next-Generation DVR Set-Tops
DCX series is Motorola's first MPEG-4 set-top for the cable industry; enabling on-demand and interactive digital cable programming in the home
HORSHAM, PA - 3 January 2008 - As the cable industry prepares to deliver increasing amounts of high definition (HD) content, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced a new generation of MPEG-4 advanced video compression set-tops that reinforce the company's leadership position in the digital video market. Showcased at booth #8545 (Central Hall) at the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the DCX series is packed with technology that enables cablecos to bring more content to consumers today, while bridging the gap to the integrated applications and services of tomorrow.
The DCX high-definition set-tops are loaded with features including HD video and surround sound audio capabilities, designed to deliver a superior digital cable viewing experience. TV viewers at home are able to enjoy advanced video services such as whole home DVR while the generous hard drives make it possible to time shift TV shows and store customer-created multimedia content. This stored content can then be shared with other compatible devices in the home, using the DCX as a multimedia hub.
Based on more than 20 years of technology innovation in the video industry, Motorola's DCX product line will allow consumers to enjoy the latest video services at home, said John Burke, senior vice president and general manager for Motorola's Digital Video Solutions group. The Motorola DCX series brings today's applications to life with the capacity to host new applications in the future and enables cable companies to effectively manage the transition from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4.
The DCX series fully supports the growing consumer demand for HD programming and the increasing deployment of high-bandwidth applications with HD decode capabilities and MPEG-4 advanced video compression (AVC) support. In addition, as these next generation DCX set-tops combine MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 technologies, cablecos are able to maximize their investment in technologies today while transitioning to MPEG-4.
Enhanced future-proof features for operators:
* 1 Gigahertz tuners - that enable operators to expand the number of available channels to deliver increased content for consumers
* DOCSIS® downstream channel bonding and fast IP connection to handle future services
* Support for the full range of interactive applications including SDV and VOD
* Choice of software solutions based on legacy software and OCAPTM, enabling operators to preserve investment in deployed applications while facilitating a transition to a new platform with enhanced interactive applications
* Support for MoCA, HTML, DOCSIS, MCardTM, OCAP, Dolby® Digital Plus Enhanced features for Cable customers:
* Support for the latest audio technologies including Dolby Digital Plus (multitrack audio)
* All products available with integrated home MoCA capabilities to enable a whole home DVR experience
* MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 capable
The all-digital, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) series includes:
* DCX3400 - dual-tuner, high-definition DVR host set-top
* DCX3200 - single-tuner, high-definition host set-top
* DCX100 - single-tuner, standard-definition (HD in /SD out) host set-top
The world leader in digital set-tops, Motorola shipped more than 65 million set-tops cumulatively through the third quarter of 2007. The DCX product line is scheduled for deployment in the third quarter of 2008.
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