Mobile Devices

February 26, 2013

Motorola's DreamGallery Now Compatible with Older Set-Tops

Motorola’s DreamGallery is a video navigation software that has been allowing users to create personalized television experiences since the spring of last year. While its benefits have always been clear, it has not always been accessible to many consumers. Today, the company announced that, thanks to the cloud-based virtualization technology acquired from ActiveVideo, DreamGallery will be more widely available.

In the past, the technology required consumers to use set-tops that were capable of running an HTML 5 browser. Recognizing the prohibitive nature of this requirement, Motorola has been busy developing a way to deliver their services to set-tops that did not have the processing power or memory necessary to run it.

 In an interview with MultiChannel News’ Todd Spangler, Michael Taylor, the senior vice president of business development for ActiveVideo noted, “In the U.S., there are millions of set-tops and other devices that don’t support HMTL natively and never will.” While most people have heard about Verizon’s FiOS TV, which uses DreamGallery, there are many people for whom it is not yet available.

The senior vice president and general manager of Converged Solutions for Motorola Mobility, John Burke, sees this as a way to give consumers what they want: faster content delivery on any device. In a recent statement from Motorola Mobility, he said, “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.” Now, he says, the cloud-based virtual module will open up the experience to a wider audience.

Thanks to these updates, people across the country can start anticipating more FiOS-like user experiences from television viewing. According to reviews from DreamGallery’s unveiling last spring, there are a number of benefits to both providers and viewers, primarily in which the user experience can be updated more fluidly.




Edited by Brooke Neuman


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