Motorola to Roll out Video Streaming for Home Users; Mystery Gadget Launch Likely at CES 2011

December 2, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Motorola Mobility has revealed their intentions to foray into the video streaming service to home users. The company intends to launch the service next year with an yet- to-be-unveiled hardware, which will help users access streamed video content on their mobile device like smartphones and tablets in their home.

The mystery gadget is expected to be showcased at the CES 2011. The move is expected to trigger Motorola’s attempt to couple set-top box and cell phone technology to offer device-independent streamed content to users anywhere. The initiative is expected to take at least five years to reach completion.

The major hurdle for Motorola is not technical issues but legal issues and reluctance from the part of the programming providers to allow streamed video content to users outside homes. This is the reason why the service will be launched for home purpose only, in the beginning.

The mystery gadget, however, will not be available for purchase as a stand -alone product. When launched in market, Motorola is planning to sell it through service providers. If it is to be levied with a fee is more dependent on the service providers than Moto it seems.

The gadget and the video streaming service are meant to be integrated into the usual set top box in the future. This move is expected to give leverage to the set-top box market of which Motorola enjoys a major share.

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