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Cisco: Set-tops on death row

De Beer, senior vice president of Cisco’s Video & Collaboration Group, predicts that Internet TVs and other consumer IP devices will be powerful and ubiquitous enough within about 10 years to receive any pay-TV service directly — eliminating the need for service providers to deploy set-top boxes.

This would be especially true with multi-room, multi-device home pay TV servers. And what of Cisco’s main set-top rival?

Google is said to be actively looking to sell or spin off Motorola Mobility’s Home division, having selected Barclays Capital to explore a potential sale.

It’s a tough business, but t wouldn’t be too surprising to see Google put the rest of Motorola Mobility on the block, minus the  patents, of course.