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FiOS is a bundled communications service (Internet, telephone, and TV) operating over a fiber-optic communications network and presently being offered by Verizon. In 2009 they had approximately 3 million TV subscribers and 2.5 million Internet subscribers. Verizon chose MoCA for their in-home networking standard, primarily for HD distribution of Multiroom DVR services but also for data and Internet services. The Verizon MoCA home networks could also support DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) devices including connected TVs, PCs, and Bluray players in future deployments. With up to 175 Mbps of bandwidth, the MoCA network could serve as a backbone for both wired and wireless devices for Verizon’s Connected Home strategy.
A new TV has surfaced that works on the Google Android operating system, code named Scandinavia. The HD LCD TV comes in various sizes ranging from 42” to 55”. The Internet connected TV offers a variety of applications including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube apps, Gmail, and Google Maps among others. The TV also features a web browser. And because it’s using an Android base OS you can download applications and games from an App Store. This is an awesome device; you can download apps for the weather channel, play your favorite music, play games, listen to radio over the internet, and lots and lots more. Android is getting a lot of momentum in the phone world, and a lot of demand for faster Internet connections. If the same happens with TVs, MoCA will be there to provide the high-speed networking connection.
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Microsoft is rumored to be coming out with a new controller free motion control technology that’s not just an add-on for Xbox 360, it will be a standard for the next Xbox console called Natal. Natal has a camera in it that will capture your motions and apply it directly to games, similar to the Wii. With the new Xbox you can play current Xbox 360 games on it, but future games would be able to take advantage of the added muscle. Natal will be the next evolution of the Xbox 360; similar hardware but upgraded, repackaged, and rebranded. With this new console you can talk to your friends, play with them online and see them over Xbox live, as well as go online shopping. For this, you need a fast internet response and that’s where MoCA comes in. The technology underlying MoCA provides the elements necessary to use your coax cable to distribute high-quality multimedia content and high-speed data, with throughput up to 175 Mbps and millisecond latency so there is no lag.
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Consumer interest for Web-on-TV applications is increasing, and consumers are rapidly making their own connection via PC and game consoles. According to Parks Associates, from 2008 to 2009, the number of U.S. households using Web-connected game consoles increased by 64%, and the number connecting a PC to a TV increased by 36%.
Over three-fourths of U.S. households with PC-to-TV connections and one-third of Xbox 360 owners are using these connections to stream online video. These households, as they extend online video and other Web experiences to the TV screen, are laying the foundation for future behaviors with connected CE and entertainment services.
This bodes well for connected Blu-ray players and networked digital media players such as Apple TV and Roku, says the article. With more consumers using these devices to stream HD videos, the demand for MoCA networks will increase as well.
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MoCA is growing everyday in the U.S., thanks to Verizon FiOS and soon DirecTV and other MSOs. Now MoCA is beginning to turn it’s attention towards Europe. According to a study conducted by IMS Research, 56% of UK respondents said they had two or more coaxial outlets in their home and 27% reported three or more. France had similar figures of 55% and 25%. Poland had the greatest number of available outlets at 71% with two or more coaxial outlets and 36% three or more. The Netherlands – the most highly cabled market to be surveyed – had the least number of available outlets: 45% of respondents said they had two or more coaxial outlets and 15% with three or more.
The technology underlying MoCA provides the elements necessary to use this cable to distribute high-quality multimedia content and high-speed data, with throughput up to 175 Mbit/s. The MoCA Alliance will use this IMS Research data to begin developing interest for its home networking standard in Europe.
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On the AVS forum, a thread has been started that talks about MoCA. Check it out, it is a great place to get your questions answered.
More and more positive reviews of the Netgear MCAB1001 MoCA Adapters are coming to light. These are a few more great reviews; check them out if you need even more reasons to buy one of these adapters.
The New York Times has created an article that compares Wi-Fi, Powerline and MoCA. Simply put, MoCA comes out on top, followed by Powerline, then, trailing the pack, Wi-Fi. They do specify that this is best for people who want to do some network intensive processes such as streaming videos/movies, etc.
Walmart is selling Actiontec MoCA Adapters available for purchase! Check it out.
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The Netgear MCAB1001 MoCA adapters keep getting rave reviews. Recently, the folks over at Station Stops have reviewed the MoCA adapter from Netgear and have deemed it the best solution I have found to bridging Ethernet around your home easily and at high speeds. I recommend it highly.