Motorola Mobility Slides; Set Tops to be Replaced by Gateways?

Motorola Mobility announced recently that revenue from its home division dropped 11% to $897 million in the Q4 2011. The technology vendor, which supplies digital set-tops and other equipment to Comcast, Verizon and several other cable MSOs, said fourth-quarter shipments decreased by 3 percent compared to the same period in 2010. Motorola faces increased competition in the set-top space from consumer electronics manufacturers, which are supplying gaming consoles, connected TVs and other devices capable of delivering pay TV programming. The company said it is fighting back by the planned deployment of video gateways, which would replace traditional DVRs and allow cable subscribers to access programming on multiple devices, including tablets, computers and thin client IP set-tops.

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