Motorola to provide SDV portfolio to small cable operators

Motorola's (NYSE: MOT) mobile devices and home business told independent operators in Baltimore that it will make its switched digital video (SDV) portfolio available to them as a hosted solution operated from Motorola's Secure Operations Center in San Diego.  The hosted SDV solution is designed to give independent operators the same bandwidth efficiencies from SDV as their larger MSO counterparts who have onsite SDV operations, Motorola said.

Hosted SDV enables operators to make niche channel content available to their subscribers without committing dedicated bandwidth to those channels. When a request for a switched channel occurs, the SDV system enables the transmission of the channel via dedicated narrowcast QAMs and responds to the set-top box with the tuning details. This process occurs in a fraction of a second as a consumer changes channels, and the subscriber viewing experience is not noticeably affected. However, bandwidth reclamation levels are substantial enough to facilitate the launch of advanced services such as high definition, video on demand and interactive applications, the company said.

"In today's competitive environment, independent video operators are looking for innovative ways to launch advanced services quickly and cost-effectively," Bob Wilson, vice president, video infrastructure solutions, Motorola Mobile Devices and Home, said in a prepared statement.

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