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Motorola Celebrates One Million IP Set-Tops Shipped

Motorola, Inc. announced it has shipped its one millionth Internet Protocol (IP) set-top a few days ago. "Communications companies worldwide are expanding into video through IPTV," said Doug Means, Motorola Corporate Vice President and General Manager.

"Motorola has an extensive history as an innovator in designing advanced video delivery networks. Now, we are helping redefine the IP video experience to include interactivity, personalization and access to content."

In addition to set-tops, Motorola's leadership in IPTV extends to providing end-to-end video solutions that enables service providers to bring reliable IPTV services to market quickly. Motorola's flexible platform includes network infrastructure, video headend and transport, industry-leading MPEG-4 encoding, and connected home devices.

The 1 millionth set-top - the VIP1510 - represents a significant advance from the first IP set top shipped in May 2001. It is part of a portfolio that includes a range of IP set-top series with support for a hard drive for DVR functionality and personal video storage as well as the ability to process MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/AVC in standard definition and high definition. There are also hybrid models for combining IPTV with digital terrestrial broadcasts.

Motorola has architected video delivery networks for more than 50 years, and Motorola IPTV solutions have enable more than 70 operators worldwide to realize measurable business performance improvement. The one millionth IPTV set-top shipment milestone is the latest in a series of achievements Motorola Connected Home Solutions has celebrated, including the shipment of its 50 millionth digital cable set-top box in October 2006.

In February 2006, Motorola acquired Kreatel Communications, a leading developer of innovative IP-based digital set-tops. Kreatel brought innovative IPTV set-top software and hardware solutions to European telecom operators and ISPs, augmenting Motorola's existing portfolio and allowing for significant flexibility for operators deploying IP-based video services around the globe.

With Motorola's proven expertise in emerging standards and new network architectures, one part of Motorola's IPTV platform is its VIP series IP-based set-tops support standard and advanced video codecs, digital rights management (DRM) solutions, and a variety of middleware platforms.

One compact, outstanding IP set-top is the Motorola VIP1200 which supports HD and standard-definition (SD) high-quality digital video. Its two-way IP capability allows it to be used in multiple applications, including Multicast TV and VoD. The VIP1200 includes a high-end microprocessor and enhanced graphics to decode HD and SD digital TV, as well as high-quality surround-sound audio.

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