Motorola’s one of those companies that’s just so hard to get a grasp on. Their set-top boxes are regularly unimpressive, but up until they released the Droid, so were their phones. As one of the largest providers of set-tops in the US, this move has come as a surprise to industry analysts.
The increasing demand for networking capability from all consumer electronics has prompted Motorola to release the new DCX700 set-top box. Currently available to cable operators, the DCX700 is an inexpensive set-top that provides plenty of room for expansion.
Set-top box manufacturer Pace has taken a pretty large step forward with its new content sharing DVRs. By using one central Network Attached Storage device (NAS), the new solution from Pace allows users to stream up to nine streams throughout the home simultaneously.
Roku’s new Netflix players add a few options to the market for those that don’t yet have a Netflix streaming device. For those that don’t yet have a PS3, Xbox 360, HTPC, or one of the many HDTVs and Blu-ray players with the service integrated, Roku’s got your back. The lesser addition to the lineup, in price and capability, is the Roku SD.
3D television is cool, there’s no room to debate it. Practicality on the other hand is a strong source of contention; not so much the question of “do we want 3D cable?”, but “can we do 3D cable?” Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs) says that yes, we can. At the Cable-Tec Expo next week, Cable Labs will be displaying the first ever demonstration of full color HD stereoscopic 3D video signals sent over an actual cable channel on a currently existing cable system.