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Motorola Unveils Advanced HD Cable Box

New Orleans – Motorola used this week’s National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) show to unveil a high-definition set-top platform that integrates dual-tuner Digital Video Recording (DVR).

The Motorola DCT6400 series of digital set-top cable decoders is part of Motorola’s “connected home” strategy. Set-tops in the series will enhance the value of a digital cable subscriber’s package by providing simple, unified access to digital entertainment services, including HDTV, and some models in the series will enable users to record both standard-definition and high-definition content to hard disk drives.

The dual-tuner capability will enable users to watch live HD content from one source while recording HD content from another. Model DCT6412 enables users to record standard digital television as well as HDTV programming to a 120GB hard drive.

Additionally, the DCT6400 family supports advanced interactive applications, including an interactive program guide, and video-on-demand. Motorola is encouraging cable operators to use the advanced capabilities of the DCT6400 family to derive additional revenue from new services, including HD video-on-demand (HD-VOD).

The platform’s standard features include an integrated DOCSIS-compatible cable modem, a smart-card reader, Ethernet and USB interfaces, Y-Pb-Pr video output, S/PDIF optical and coaxial digital audio outputs, and baseband and RF audio-video I/Os. All models enable direct digital connection to consumer audio and video devices via 1394-DTV and DVI interfaces.

Motorola plans to deploy the DCT6400 series set-tops this summer. Additional products on the Motorola roadmap will provide “whole-home” DVR capabilities. The OCAP-capable DCT6000 platform will support a variety of applications from Motorola Horizon software application providers, including software from Concurrent Computer, Gemstar-TV Guide International, Microsoft TV, Pioneer Digital Technologies and SeaChange International.

Motorola said it has shipped over one million HD-capable set-top decoders as of April 1.