[opendtv] Motorola buying Ucentric Systems / Maynard firm's software to be used in set-top TV boxes
- From: Monty Solomon <monty@xxxxxxxxxx>
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- Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2005 23:31:28 -0500
Motorola buying Ucentric Systems Maynard firm's software to be used in set-top TV boxes By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff =A0|=A0 January 19, 2005 Telecommunications titan Motorola Inc. is buying Ucentric Systems, a =20 Maynard software company that could help Motorola transform its =20 television set-top boxes into networked home entertainment hubs. Ucentric is privately held, and financial details of the transaction =20 were not disclosed. But Mark DePietro, vice president of engineering =20 for Motorola's consumer entertainment solutions unit, said that =20 Ucentric's 40 employees will remain in Maynard, working to integrate =20 Ucentric's software into Motorola's set-top boxes. Motorola is one of the biggest maker of set-top boxes, which control =20 access to cable or satellite TV signals. Advanced boxes also act as =20 digital video recorders, (DVRs), which can copy TV shows to an internal =20= hard drive. This enables a viewer to pause a live TV show, rewind to a =20= favorite moment, or copy every weekly episode of a favorite program. =20 Most of today's DVRs only work with a single TV set. Ucentric developed software that allows a box to act as the hub of a =20 digital home entertainment network, technically similar to a computer =20= network. The DVR box could be connected to TVs in other rooms, enabling =20= several people to watch different programs. It could also be linked to =20= home computers, and could distribute videos, still photos, and music to =20= computers, TV sets or stereos in different parts of the house. Earlier =20= this month, Ucentric signed a deal to provide its software to satellite =20= TV provider DirecTV. ... http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2005/01/19/=20 motorola_buying_ucentric_systems/ ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.
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