The Motorola DCH70 digital cable box supports interactive program guides and commercial-free, CD-quality music and video on demand. The DCH3200 supports standard-definition resolution of 720p and 1080i. The DCH3200, which has a cable modem, allows diagnosis of problems through a simple onscreen utility. It also decodes Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The Motorola QIP7100 decodes both HD and SD signals in MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 formats. The Motorola DCT6416 PIII has an inbuilt digital video recorder and a 160GB hard drive.
A cable box is a device that enables television subscribers to access channels and services. Digital cable boxes decode incoming signals and send outgoing signals used to take advantage of special features including video on demand and electronic program guides.
The DVR in DCT6416 PIII allows storage and access of TV programs. The DVR allows pausing of live TV and the recording of shows through i-Guide across various channels and time slots. The DVR’s recording capacity varies depending on the video format of the programming.
The quick-start guide for the set-top boxes shows information such as stereo TV cabling and standard VCR cabling. An allowance of 2 inches of clearance is required around the Motorola digital boxes for proper ventilation.