Motorola Broadband CTO to Speak Before House Subcommittee on Telecommunications Regarding Digital TV Transition

Jul 21, 2004

Motorola, Inc., Broadband Communications Sector Chief Technology Officer Carl McGrath will speak this morning before the US House of Representative Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, to discuss how digital-to-analog converter technology can facilitate the nation’s transition to all-digital television broadcasts (DTV) by 2007.

In his testimony on Capitol Hill, McGrath will announce that Motorola estimates a $67-per-unit go-to-market price for a digital-to-analog converter in 2007. Such a device was recently used to speed the all-digital transition in Berlin, where the converter’s low cost enabled the German government to provide one-time-use vouchers to eligible families. McGrath will applaud the Subcommittee’s examination of the Berlin transition model, which ensured “a seamless change-over for all TV consumers and protected every consumer’s continued ability to enjoy broadcast TV content.”

McGrath will also encourage the Subcommittee to set a hard date for the completion of the digital transition in order to free up spectrum for first responder use.

“Public safety must have access to the 700 MHz spectrum by year-end 2006 to deploy interoperable voice and advanced data technology as early as possible,” says McGrath. “This spectrum can literally save lives. Together, we can improve the quality of mission critical information to our front line responders. While 24 Mhz of spectrum has been allocated to public safety in the band, even more may be required to support homeland security coordination among Federal, State and local agencies and critical infrastructure entities.”

Finally, McGrath will note the work the Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas), Ranking Member John Dingell (D-Michigan), and Telecom Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Michigan), has already performed in communications matters, particularly “focusing on the need to end the digital television transition in a timely manner while preserving the TV viewing experience of the American public.”

For over 50 years, Motorola has been a leader in the delivery of broadcast entertainment over a broadband network. The company’s many accomplishments include: designing and building the technology for the first pay-per-view event (1957); creating the first remote-controlled set-top converter (1972); drafting the first specification for digital television (1990); the first commercial deployment of digital cable (1996); the first commercial deployment of video-on-demand (1999); and introducing the first digital set-top to integrate HD (high-definition) and DVR (digital video recording) capabilities (2003).

Motorola has cumulatively shipped over 34 million digital cable and satellite set-tops. The world leader in digital cable technology, the company has shipped more than 2,060 digital headends serving more than 80 million homes.

The original press release can be found here.

Explore further: Android gains in US, basic phones almost extinct

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Android gains in US, basic phones almost extinct

2 hours ago

The Google Android platform grabbed the majority of mobile phones in the US market in early 2014, as consumers all but abandoned non-smartphone handsets, a survey showed Friday.

Quest for extraterrestrial life not over, experts say

2 hours ago

The discovery of an Earth-sized planet in the "habitable" zone of a distant star, though exciting, is still a long way from pointing to the existence of extraterrestrial life, experts said Friday. ...

Recommended for you

Android gains in US, basic phones almost extinct

11 hours ago

The Google Android platform grabbed the majority of mobile phones in the US market in early 2014, as consumers all but abandoned non-smartphone handsets, a survey showed Friday.

Five features an Amazon phone might offer (Update)

12 hours ago

A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.

LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

13 hours ago

The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States.

User comments : 0

More news stories

Researchers uncover likely creator of Bitcoin

The primary author of the celebrated Bitcoin paper, and therefore probable creator of Bitcoin, is most likely Nick Szabo, a blogger and former George Washington University law professor, according to students ...

LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States.

Impact glass stores biodata for millions of years

(Phys.org) —Bits of plant life encapsulated in molten glass by asteroid and comet impacts millions of years ago give geologists information about climate and life forms on the ancient Earth. Scientists ...