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CES: Verizon picks Moto for next-gen FiOS TV media server

US telco Verizon has introduced a new media server for its pay-TV service ‘FiOS TV’, offering one terabyte of internal storage and capable of supporting up to five client set-top boxes.

After deciding to offer its customers access to a a smarter, more connected solution with better storage and the flexibility to watch FiOS TV from any room in the house, anytime, the telco picked the Motorola Medios+ VMS1100 media server and Motorola Medios+ IPC1100 IP-based set-top.

The IPC1100 set-top boxes are the size of a paperback novel and connect to the media server via coax, enabling users to watch content on any TV in the home.

Motorola’s Medios+ DreamGallery has also been included to let users perform smart searches, receive personalised recommendations, create customised menus and form lists of favourite channels.

Verizon added 119,000 new subscribers for FiOS TV in the third quarter of 2012 to reach a total of 4.6mn, equivalent to a 37% penetration of its total FiOS-enabled footprint.

Editor’s view: With the next generation of its FiOS TV service due to be announced later this year, this deal gives a taster of what we can expect when the all-singing, all-dancing revamp is unveiled.

With a new owner in ARRIS, it will be interesting to see what other involvement Motorola Home has in Verizon’s overhaul of its TV service.

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