We’ve been discussing the arrival of AT&T’s whole-home DVR service for the last year. We’re happy to say we now see reports announcing that their whole-home DVR service has arrived using two Motorola set-top box (STB) models—VIP1200 and VIP1216—to deliver multi-room DVR entertainment that will delight the hearts of users.
The Motorola STBs (and presumably Cisco STBs as well) enable a number of DVR features including pause and rewind from a central STB/DVR that interconnects with other set-top boxes throughout the house. The good news is that you only need the enhanced capabilities on the central box that contains the hard drive and transfers the stored information to the other set-boxes, which aren’t as expensive, over the home network. AT&T is using HomePNA technology over existing coax and phone lines to implement the IP home network enabling the whole-home DVR service. If you follow this blog you already know that AT&T has installed the HomePNA network and STBs including the enhanced STB/DVR in U-verse TV homes and only a remote software upgrade is needed to enable the whole-home DVR features.
According to the MediaExperiences2Go blog, the VIP1200 and VIP1216 include ports for both audio and video:
- RCA/composite video – Standard Definition video connection to the TV or VCR
- RCA/stereo left/right audio – Audio connection to the TV or VCR
- S-Video – Standard Definition video connection to the TV
- Component video, YPbPr – High Definition video connection to the TV
- HDMI video – High Definition video and audio connection to the TV
- Optical audio – Digital audio connection to Home Theater receiver (Dolby Digital surround sound)
- USB interface – Connect to portable devices to transfer movies, photos and music.
- Ethernet – TV programming input from your service operator, home networking
- HomePNA – TV programming input from your service operator, home networking