Japanese telco KDDI selects Motorola's STB for IPTV offering

Score a big win for Motorola, which this week announced it landed Japanese telco KDDI--the only Japanese information and communications company that provides communications services from fixed to mobile--as a customer for its new VIP2060 high-definition IPTV set-top boxes.

The VIP2060 has a built-in 500 GB HDD to support DVR functionality and its standard quad tuner enables users to watch and record IPTV programs provided by KDDI as well as terrestrial and satellite (BS/110CS) broadcast services via a connected external antenna, with support for both Japanese broadcasting standards ISDB-T and ISDB-S.

The box will give KDDI subs using its FTTH service media capabilities including simultaneous recording, time-shifted viewing, delayed playback, trick play DVR capabilities and transcoding of MPEG-2 & MPEG-4 AVC video.

KDDI plans to deploy the STBs starting June 2 for its "au Hikari" service, which supports 1 Gbps ultra high-speed optical fiber broadband connections.

The Motorola platform will enable KDDI's "au BOX", providing video on demand capabilities and music capabilities that allow au mobile users to transfer content between the "HD-STB" and their mobile devices. In addition, the VIP2060 includes an electronic program guide (EPG) for KDDI's IPTV programming, as well as terrestrial and satellite BS/110CS broadcasted signals, that enables users to navigate and view channels, free-word search for programs, and schedule recordings.

"It's our mission to provide our customers with an advanced, media-rich entertainment lifestyle," Masahiro Inoue, ASVP and GM of the Mobile Technology Sector at KDDI said. "By working with Motorola, a global leader in developing and delivering innovative video solutions, we are able to provide significant value to our customers, including great IPTV HD and on-demand experiences as well as advanced time-shifting and mobility services."

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