Comcast has agreed to purchase more than $1 billion in set-top boxes from Motorola.
The set-top purchase extends an existing multi-year agreement to buy set-top boxes and network equipment. The companies also agreed to form two joint ventures focused on next-generation conditional access technologies. As part of the agreement, Motorola will provide high-definition digital video recorders and standard-definition entry-level models.
The joint ventures will focus on the development and licensing of current and future conditional access (CA) and other cable technologies. The first joint venture will focus primarily on development of a next-generation conditional access system, using MediaCipher as its foundation. Comcast and Motorola will jointly manage the development group.
The second will focus on licensing conditional access and other cable technologies, including MediaCipher, to United States cable operators and third-party providers. Comcast will manage the licensing venture.
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