Motorola Mobility, Fourthwall deal adds STB features to mobile devices

Motorola Mobility (NYSE: MMI) today said it would use FourthWall's EBIF TV platform for its set-tops and FourthWall's AirCommand solution for Motorola Medios, which allows STBs to connect to mobile devices.

The deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, offers immediate support for Android powered phones, an early indication, perhaps, of one of the directions Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s pending acquisition of Motorola Mobility may lead.

AirCommand is a set of cloud-based services connecting mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, to EBIF-enabled set-tops. Motorola will package FourthWall's platform and AirCommand solution into Motorola Medios to further expand their multi-screen managed services offering.

AirCommand connects the TV footprint to mobile companion devices opening the door to entirely new media consumption experiences. Application possibilities include remote programming of DVRs; the ability to view and play on-demand titles; social media and messaging applications between mobile devices and set-tops; and cross-platform widgets, merchandising and commerce. 

"Working with Motorola, we are connecting this broad EBIF-enabled footprint to their Android-powered devices through AirCommand," FourthWall CEO Tim Peters said in a statement.

Plano, Texas-based FourthWall's products and technology are distributed through partnerships with Comcast Media Center, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Bright House Networks, Rovi, Dish Network and others.

For more:
- see this release
- see this MCN article

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