21 posts and columns on set-top boxes
There has been chatter in the past about Amazon’s interest in selling a set-top box to advance its video businesses and compete with similar accessories like Apple TV, Boxee and Roku (and, as Peter Kafka reported in September, even word that it had made a bid to buy Roku). But the talk freshened today, with sources telling Bloomberg Businessweek that a team of video hardware vets at Amazon’s Lab126 is developing such a device, and aiming for a fall debut.
After shopping it around for a few months, Google has found a buyer for Motorola Home, which makes set-top boxes, cable modems and related equipment. The business, one of the acquired Motorola Mobility assets Google is shedding, will go to Arris, a broadband media tech outfit, for $2.35 billion in cash and stock.