Motorola is to take over as the lead supplier of set-top boxes for the BT Vision IPTV service, a role previously held by Philips Set-Top Boxes and Connectivity Solutions, the division in the process of being sold to Pace Micro Technology.
As before the V-Box will combine both DTT and IPTV tuners, providing BT Vision subscribers with access to around 40 Freeview TV channels, and features a 160 GB hard drive capable of 80 hours recording.
Welcoming the deal Dan Marks, BT Vision CEO, said Motorola had extensive experience of the IPTV market and working with platform partner Microsoft. “Today’s announcement will lead to the development of a new set-top box to take full advantage of the increasing capabilities of the Microsoft Mediaroom platform and of the most recent advances in chipset technology. This underpins our medium-term goal of securing 2-3 million customers for BT Vision, he said.
In November, BT Vision reported 70,000 subscribers were receiving the service, out of 100,000 registrations.