CableLabs Approves Motorola And Cisco Tuning Adapters

The Motorola MTR700 and the Cisco STA1520, which we knew were slated for Wave 60 certification testing at the end of June, have both passed, as reported by Multichannel News. With both major vendors’ Tuning Adapters certified, cable MSOs should be able to soon begin offering them to customers soon to support Switched Digital Video (SDV). This is a little bit behind schedule, the Tuning Resolver (as the Tuning Adapter was then known) was expected in 2Q08. But even coming in a few months late it has been an impressively quick development cycle for the cable industry. It is known that Motorola started working on their unit last July, and they were revealed to the public last August. So it has been just about a year from the start of work to certification, which is really not a lot of time to develop, test, and certify a new product.

As recently revealed, the new 9.4 TiVo update includes Tuning Adapter support, so TiVo users will be ready for the TAs as soon as the cable MSOs make them available. As Bright House, Cox, Time Warner, and others all implementing SDV, the TAs will be increasingly important. Pricing for customers is not yet known, except for Cox which announced plans to provide the TAs to their customers free of charge.

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  • Glenn

    Don’t get all crazy now. If you read Mari’s blog (she works at Moto), she says the Motorola box is “expected to be” available in Q4. If you imagine any kind of typical cable rollout for this, I wouldnt’ expect you’ll see one for 3-6 months after that if you’re lucky. Assume Time Warner has a 3 month in house QA cycle, but maybe that already is underway or has even completed. But they haven’t been ordering any, and Mot is just turning on the manufacturing. It will take a while before TW would have a lot of units. Plus they will probably deploy them slowly, maybe one location at a time, maybe only friendlies first, so that they don’t mess things up.