Motorola’s new VAP2400 video bridge device uses Wi-Fi to deliver video to multiple STBs in the home such as multi-room DVRs for content sharing.
It’s aimed at the pay-TV service providers who want a low-cost, easy-to-install wireless product.
Motorola’s research shows that more and more people are accessing broadcast video services on multiple screens around the home, according to Keith Kelley, VP of home devices at Motorola Mobility. He called the VAP2400 a “game-changing technology” that will shift the way video services are deployed in homes.
Most pay-TV services don’t currently use Wi-Fi to distribute paid content in the home because:
- It doesn’t have the guaranteed quality of service (QoS) they need for flicker-free video.
- It doesn’t have the width to carry multiple channels of HD simultaneously.
- Its range doesn’t completely cover most homes.
- There are too many “not-hot spots” that a single Wi-Fi router doesn’t reach.
The exception is Wireless Ruckus, which has developed a super-charged Wi-Fi that it sells to hospitals, hotels, resorts and the like.
Motorola has a secret sauce for its version of Wi-Fi. The specs for the device include:
- Beamforming 4×4 solution Multiple HD and SD streaming at high data rates
- Larger coverage area, supporting multiple concurrent
- HD streaming through multiple walls Low-latency and near-zero packet loss
- Auto-detection and auto-provisioning for self-installs
- TR-069 remote management
It’s expected to be available in the third quarter.