& cplSiteName &

Cablevision Scores Set-Top Waiver Extension

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
1/20/2009
50%
50%

Despite some big concerns from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) , the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) a deadline-laden waiver that allows the MSO to continue using SmartCard-based set-top box security through the end of 2010.

Before that allowance, Cablevision had been operating under a different temporary waiver that allowed it to continue using boxes with NDS Ltd. -based SmartCards through July 1, 2009. After that date, it was on the hook to migrate everything to a CableCARD platform or another FCC-approved separable security system in the wake of an integrated security ban that went into effect on July 1, 2007. (See Countdown to 'Seven-Oh-Seven'.)

Cablevision launched its SmartCard-based conditional access in the fall of 2001, roughly six years before the rest of the U.S. cable industry was mandated to move to a separable security platform, with the vast majority moving to the CableCARD. (See CableCARD Update VI.)

In establishing its case for an extension, Cablevision argued that it needed the extra 18 months to complete the development and deployment of a new "open" downloadable conditional access system (DCAS) that uses the NDS "key ladder" (K-LAD).

NDS has agreed to license K-LAD on a "royalty free, 'as-is' basis with no warranties and indemnities." Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM), STMicroelectronics NV (NYSE: STM), and Conexant Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CNXT) are among companies that already use K-LAD in their video-decoder chips. Cablevision, meanwhile, has disclosed that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) and LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) are already developing “beta” set-tops that use the new downloadable security platform. (See Cablevision Seeks Extended Security Waiver.)

In a "Memorandum Opinion and Order" issued Friday, Jan. 16, the FCC held that Cablevision "has demonstrated extraordinary efforts" to ensure the compatibility of SmartCard technology with CableCARD devices. We therefore believe that a limited waiver…is appropriate in this instance."

The FCC granted the extension despite fierce opposition by the CEA, which argued in part that Cablevision's downloadable system "would end common reliance on CableCARDs." (See CEA Chirps at Cablevision Set-Top Request .) In the order last week, the FCC said the CEA "does not provide specific objections and even acknowledges that it does not have specific information on this new downloadable system."

Even with the extended waiver, Cablevision must meet a strict set of deployment deadlines and conditions. Among them, the MSO must begin commercial use of DCAS in its "Phase I" area by July 1, 2009, and all new set-top boxes deployed in that region must use DCAS by the end of 2009. Additionally, all new set-tops deployed in Cablevision's footprint must incorporate the new downloadable system by the end of 2010.

And missing any of those milestones won't come cheaply, because the MSO has agreed to pay up to $5,000 per day should it miss any.

The FCC green light should also breathe new life into DCAS efforts, particularly after it's become clear that a similar endeavor helmed by Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Cox Communications Inc. , and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is on the backburner. (See DCAS Can Wait .) Meanwhile, Beyond Broadband Technology LLC (BBT) , another cable operator consortium, is just getting its platform off the ground in a meaningful way. (See BBT Notches First Install .)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Michael Harris
50%
50%
Michael Harris,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:13:25 PM
re: Cablevision Scores Set-Top Waiver Extension
Even with the extended waiver, Cablevision must meet a strict set of deployment deadlines and conditions. Among them, the MSO must begin commercial use of DCAS in its "Phase I" area by July 1, 2009, and all new set-top boxes deployed in that region must use DCAS by the end of 2009. Additionally, all new set-tops deployed in Cablevision's footprint must incorporate the new downloadable system by the end of 2010.

And missing any of those milestones won't come cheaply, because the MSO has agreed to pay up to $5,000 per day should it miss any.


Like it did with VoIP, NPVR and WiFi, looks like CVC will beat other big MSOs to market with DCAS too.

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.