& cplSiteName &

Buckeye Fights U-verse With IP-Fueled Gateways

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
3/14/2012
50%
50%

Buckeye CableSystem , a Tier 2 MSO based in Toledo, Ohio, will try to win back some video customers who defected to AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) U-verse in recent years using hybrid QAM/IP video gateways from Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) that can support over-the-top content.

Buckeye has the Arris Moxi gateway, a device with six tuners and an integrated Docsis 3.0 modem, in beta testing in more than 150 employee homes, and hopes to roll it out commercially within the next 30 days, says Buckeye CableSystem CTO Joe Jensen. The MSO is rolling out a whole-home version of the system that networks the primary gateway with thin-client "Moxi Mate" devices.

Buckeye is also installing Arris's ConvergeMedia video-on-demand (VoD) software backoffice and servers, switching out a legacy SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC) platform.

Netflix on the horizon?
Arris's gateway and whole-home DVR set-up is Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) -enabled, meaning it can feed in content from Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) via PCs linked to the home network.

Buckeye may add a third-party Netflix app later as it looks to enhance the product on a quarterly basis and make the Moxi its flagship video product, supplanting its historic use of Motorola Mobility LLC and Pace plc boxes. For now, the MSO will support some apps that come pre-integrated with the Moxi UI, including games and TV-based Caller ID.

"We're hoping to incent some of our customers that left U-verse to return to us with a better product," Jensen says.

Why this matters
For Buckeye, the hybrid gateways give the MSO a new weapon to wield against U-verse and to put it on an IP video migration path.

For Arris, Buckeye marks the latest MSO to adopt new gateways spawned from its US$20 million acquisition of Paul Allen's Digeo Inc. in 2009. Arris expects to turn the Moxi into a $100 million business this year, confirms Stan Brovant, Arris's SVP of marketing and business development. WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) , BendBroadband and Canada-based Shaw Communications Inc. have also deployed the device. Arris has two more "small Tier 1" MSOs on the launch pad, Brovont says.

For more
Read more about Arris's budding video gateway strategy.



— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
craigleddy
50%
50%
craigleddy,
User Rank: Blogger
12/5/2012 | 5:39:23 PM
re: Buckeye Fights U-verse With IP-Fueled Gateways


You go Joe! It's good to see a small operator like Buckeye Cablevision, led by CTO and FOLR (Friend of Light Reading) Joe Jensen, taking on a big telco with new product. Buckeye is showing that these IP-fueled boxes aren't just for the big MSOs.     

From The Founder
Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Interviews
No Stopping Cable's Ethernet Gains

12|9|16   |     |   (0) comments


Vertical Systems' Erin Dunne explains why US cable operators, which now command a record-high 26% of the Ethernet market, will keep boosting their share.
LRTV Interviews
Fixing IoT Security Is an Ecosystem Challenge

12|9|16   |   05:34   |   (1) comment


Level 3 Communications' Chief Security Officer Dale Drew says service providers, manufacturers and even consumers must combine to halt massive DDoS attacks using IoT devices in botnets. The solution he has in mind includes reputation-based routing by the service provider but also more secure endpoint devices and greater consumer awareness.
LRTV Interviews
Cox Clears $2B in Business Revenue

12|8|16   |     |   (0) comments


Cox's Jeff Breaux discusses how the third-largest US MSO will reach the $2 billion revenue mark this year and plans to hit $3 billion by 2021
LRTV Interviews
Can Cable Climb Upmarket?

12|7|16   |     |   (0) comments


Carol Wilson and Alan Breznick assess cable's prospects for winning more enterprises in a landscape rocked by corporate M&A activity.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
TalkTalk Exec: Find Your North Star at Work

12|7|16   |   3:38   |   (1) comment


Women need to find their purpose, a professional North Star, and create a personal board for themselves, according to Alex Tempest, director of partners at TalkTalk Business.
LRTV Interviews
Verizon: Beware Unknown Unknowns

12|7|16   |   04:58   |   (0) comments


Chris Novak, director of the Verizon Enterprise Solutions Risk Team, explains that enterprises who don't conduct a thorough audit of their assets often leave some things unprotected because they don't know they exist. Many times these unprotected assets are part of corporate M&A activity but left unshielded they can become a hacker's playground, he tells Light ...
LRTV Interviews
ETSI's CTO Talks NFV, 5G & NGP

12|5|16   |   09:45   |   (0) comments


Adrian Scrase, CTO at standards body ETSI, talks about the various initiatives and specifications developments related to NFV, 5G and NGP (next-generation protocols) that will underpin next-gen networks.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Korn Ferry Consultant: How to Find, Cultivate & Be the Best Talent

11|30|16   |   4:10   |   (2) comments


Erin Callaghan, a managing consultant for Korn Ferry Futurestep, shares strategies for companies to improve how they recruit and for women to ensure they don't get lost in the pipeline.
LRTV Custom TV
We Can Make the World More Sustainable

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


GeSI is a global e-Sustainability Initiative organization bringing together 40 big multinational companies around the world. According to GeSI's report, information and communication technology can make the world more sustainable. Luis Neves, chairman of GeSI, shared with us his opinion at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
Finding a New Way to Engage Customers & Drive Revenue

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


Mobile revenues are declining. Digicel, a player in the Caribbean telecommunications/entertainment space, has found a new way to engage customers and drive revenue. John Quinn, CTO of Digicel, shared with us its story at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016)
LRTV Custom TV
Do You Really Need Gigabit Infrastructure?

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


Altibox is the biggest fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) player and the largest provider of video and TV in Norway. They started out with zero customers in 2002. Now they have close to half a million households and companies attached to their FTTH business. Nils Arne, CEO of Altibox shared with us their story and insight on 5G at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
BT’s Openreach Strategy & Its Updates in 2016

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


A lot of developments at Openreach this year in terms of strategy and planned investments. Peter Bell, CIO of Openreach BT, shared with us the updates of Openreach at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
Upcoming Live Events
May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Hot Topics
Cable Nodes Becoming a Choke Point
Brian Santo, Senior editor, Test & Measurement / Components, Light Reading, 12/5/2016
Consolidated Snaps Up Fairpoint for $1.5B
Iain Morris, News Editor, 12/5/2016
Small Arctic ISP Caches Netflix in New Way
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 12/7/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Eyal Waldman, CEO of Mellanox Technologies, speaks to Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, for an exclusive interview about the 100 GB cable challenge, cybersecurity and much more.
Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
Animals with Phones
A Mobile Safari Click Here
Literally.
Latest Comment
Live Digital Audio

Even when there's a strong pipeline of female talent in the comms industry, it tends to leak all the way to the top. McKinsey & Company says women experience pipeline leakage at three primary points: being unable to enter, being stuck in the middle or being locked out of the top. Each pipeline pain point presents its own challenges, but also opportunities to stop the leak. Wireless operator Sprint is making a conscious effort to improve its own pipeline from new recruits to the C-suite, and it wants the rest of the industry to do the same. In this Women in Comms radio show, WiC Board Member and Sprint Vice President of Enterprise Sales Nelly Pitocco will give us her take on the industry's pipeline challenges. Pitocco, who joined Sprint in May and has spent 20 years in the comms industry, will also offer solutions, share how Sprint is tackling the challenge within its own organization and take your questions live on air.