Motorola Mobility, whose Home division is in the process of being acquired by Arris Group, has licensed ActiveVideo Networks’ CloudTV HTML5-based interactive TV software to render advanced user interfaces on even low-end set-tops.
ActiveVideo also has a licensing pact with Cisco Systems, which has offered the CloudTV software under its Videoscape brand as a way to let service providers deliver new features and applications to legacy set-top boxes.
Motorola said a virtual module available for its DreamGallery IPTV software uses the ActiveVideo software to render HTML5 elements in the cloud, enabling service providers to offer dynamic and personalized guides and features to existing Motorola set-tops that would not otherwise have the memory or processing power to deliver the DreamGallery stack.
A Motorola Home representative said the company does currently have customers using the ActiveVideo software.
“Consumers want to find content faster and enjoy it on any device. Our service provider customers are eager to address this demand with rich DreamGallery experiences, but are constrained by the cost and complexity of upgrading their set-top boxes,” John Burke, Motorola Mobility senior vice president and general manager of converged solutions, said in a statement.
DreamGallery is the user navigation component of Motorola’s Medios+ platform for multiscreen video distribution. Customers using DreamGallery include Verizon Communications’ FiOS TV.
In the U.S. there are millions of set-tops and other devices that don't support HTML natively "and never will," ActiveVideo senior vice president of business development Michael Taylor said. "Literally all we need in a device is a decode chip, either MPEG-2 and MPEG-4, some kind of operating system and a return path -- and we're good," he said.
Separately, Verizon last fall said it would pay more than $260 million to San Jose, Calif.-based ActiveVideo to settle the interactive TV vendor’s patent litigation against the telco.
Arris’s $2.35 billion cash-and-stock deal to acquire the Motorola Home unit from Google, announced in December, is pending. The Department of Justice earlier this month requested more information from the parties as part of its review. Arris said it still expects the deal to close in the second quarter of 2013.