KDDI to launch multimedia content sharing service

01 Oct 2008

Japanese mobile operator KDDI is launching a service that allows subscribers to transfer content from home entertainment systems to mobile phones.

The service, called "auBox", uses a multimedia set top box running on Motorola's KreaTV platform. KDDI's set top box also runs Linux-based USB drivers from MCCI.

KreaTV supports different video formats including MPEG-2 SD to H.264 HD and DVR, including DRM (digital rights management)-protected content.

The set top also features a CD player and can likewise rip and store CDs, which can then be transferred to a mobile phone via USB.

It can also encode video from personal video recorders and similarly transfer to a mobile phone. The set top can also play DVDs when linked to an external monitor.

The service also allows subscribers to store and play downloaded content from supported websites using Opera Devices 9, a latest version of the Opera browser.

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