[opendtv] Motorola buying Ucentric Systems / Maynard firm's software to be used in set-top TV boxes

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.

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http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2005/01/19/=20
motorola_buying_ucentric_systems/



 
 
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