Motorola and Digeo enable Charter Communications to become the first broadband cable operator to deploy two-tuner PVR, HDTV media centers
HORSHAM, Pa., KIRKLAND, Wa., and ST. LOUIS – July 16, 2003 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) Broadband Communications Sector and Digeo, Inc., today announced that Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) committed to purchase 100,000 units of the new Motorola Broadband Media Centers (BMCs) powered by Digeo's MoxiÔ Service. The announcement marks the first introduction, order, and widescale deployment by a cable operator of a digital cable media center with advanced features such as dual-tuner “watch and record” personal video recording (PVR), high-definition television (HDTV), and a progressive-scan DVD player.
Delivering Added Value and ROI
Charter views the Motorola BMC as a key platform for providing the very best in entertainment services to its existing digital cable customers – as well as for attracting new customers who want a richer, more compelling experience. Additionally, through advanced features like multi-TV PVR and HDTV, Charter can increase digital revenue by further extending its reach throughout the home – all while leveraging its existing digital cable investment.
“By placing a significant order for the new Motorola BMCs with the Moxi Service, we're sending a clear message to our customers,” said Carl Vogel, president and CEO of Charter. “If you want the best that broadband entertainment has to offer, you want Charter Digital Cable. With this offering, we're providing a whole new level of choice, convenience and control to consumers. And, we're setting the bar for the delivery of multi-channel services well above the reach of satellite providers.”
Motorola Broadband Media Center Family Ushers in New Era of Cable Innovation
The BMC platform with the Moxi Service is part of Motorola's “connected home” strategy, which provides fully integrated combinations of compelling features and functions to enhance a consumer's broadband experience. Charter will deploy the Motorola BMC9012 single-TV and BMC9022D multi-TV gateways, both which provide a seamless way for consumers to store, manage and share all types of media (television programming, movies, music, photos, games, etc.) throughout their home.
With the Motorola BMC family of gateways, MSOs will be able to offer features such as dual-tuner PVR, HDTV, DVD, video-on-demand (VOD) and pay-per-view (PPV) through one integrated gateway with one consistent interface. Models in the Motorola BMC family include:
- BMC9012: The first integrated dual-tuner PVR and HDTV media center designed for single-TV support.
- BMC9022D: The first integrated dual-tuner PVR and HDTV integrated media center, with a built-in DVD player, designed to directly support two TVs simultaneously.
“We are excited to once again lead the market with innovative products that feature today's most advanced technology, such as multi-room broadband services, through our integrated, easy-to-use media centers,” said Carl McGrath, Motorola corporate vice president and general manager, digital core gateways. “Motorola's mission is to help broadband cable operators like Charter keep consumers entertained, informed, and connected. The BMC family of products will enable operators to differentiate their service offerings from competitors, generate new revenue streams and enhance customer satisfaction.”
“This new Charter order is a significant industry milestone, and Digeo is proud to collaborate with industry leader Motorola to bring this powerful entertainment experience into living rooms later this year,” said Digeo Chief Executive Jim Billmaier. “Based on the overwhelming enthusiasm from trial participants and on our recent market research, it is clear that consumers are hungry for a better way to enjoy the entertainment content coming into their homes.”
Charter plans to begin commercial rollout in the Rochester, Minnesota area during Q4 of 2003. The Rochester market currently serves 55,000 households.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, A Wired World Company,™ is the nation's third-largest broadband communications company. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including cable television on an advanced digital video programming platform via the Charter Digital Cable® brand and high-speed Internet access marketed under the Charter Pipeline® brand. Commercial high-speed data, video and Internet solutions are provided under the Charter Business Networks® brand. Advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com.
About Motorola Broadband Communications Sector
The Motorola Broadband Communications Sector provides a scalable, integrated end-to-end system for the delivery of broadband services that keeps consumers informed, entertained and connected. Its technology enables network operators and retailers to create and execute on new business opportunities by providing innovative products and services to the home. Customer-responsive design and manufacturing expertise further contribute to the company's position as the world's leading supplier of digital cable set-tops and cable modems. For more information about the Motorola Broadband Communications Sector, visit www.motorola.com/broadband.
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in wireless, automotive and broadband communications. Sales in 2002 were $27.3 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important innovations that make things smarter and life better, honored traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.
About Digeo, Inc.
Digeo's media center products and services transform cable TV into the ultimate home entertainment experience.
Digeo's Moxi™ service puts digital cable at the heart of home entertainment by providing consumers with easy access to popular features such as personal video recording and high-definition TV, as well as music jukebox, photos, and games - all available from any room in the house using a fun and easy on-screen menu.
Digeo also delivers the most widely deployed cable iTV service in North America. The Digeo™ iTV service, a set of eight interactive channels that are now available to over 700,000 Charter customers nationwide, offers on-demand weather updates, sports statistics, news stories, games and more.
Digeo is backed by Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc., as well as Mayfield Partners, Cisco Systems and AOL Time Warner. The company has offices in Kirkland, Wash., Palo Alto, Calif. and Longmont, Colo. For more information, please visit www.digeo.com.
Gina Aumiller Bender
MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. Digeo and Moxi are trademarks of Digeo, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © Motorola, Inc. 2003.