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Also: Ceton slashes price on CableCARD PC-TV tuner; BendBroadband lights up HBO GO; UK earmarks cash to handle LTE-TV interference

WOW Bundles Video Gateways With Docsis 3.0

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
2/22/2012
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Welcome to the cable news roundup, Hump Day edition.

  • Cable overbuilder WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) will use the Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) Moxi video gateway to power the MSO's new high-end Ultra TV service, a bundle that ties together the six-tuner, 500-Gigabyte multi-room DVR with a Docsis 3.0 cable modem connection, a VoIP account, and an optional in-home Wi-Fi routing set-up. WOW competes primarily with Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) in Chicago and Detroit; Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; and with Insight Communications Co. Inc. (soon to become part of TW Cable) in Evansville, Ind. WOW's rollout comes out ahead of the X1, Comcast's cloud-based, next-gen video product. Here's how WOW's promoting UltraTV:



  • WOW's work with Arris also represents a shift away from the U.S. Motorola Mobility LLC -Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) set-top duopoly. WOW's Steve Stanfill blogged about the selection process, noting that shopping its next-gen product ideas by the old standbys left the operator "disappointed and frustrated, both for reasons of cost and functionality." Ouch.

  • Ceton Corp. is trying to move some product after chopping the suggested retail price of its InfiniTV CableCARD tuners to US$199.00 -- a reduction of $100. The devices, which can be connected via PCI and USB interfaces, come equipped with a CableCARD slot and four tuners and effectively turn Windows Media PCs into digital cable set-top boxes. Ceton is selling the gear through several online retailers, including Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Cannon PC, Newegg and the Microsoft Store. (See Ceton Pitches Cable Set-Top Alternative .)

  • BendBroadband of Oregon has expanded its TV Everywhere lineup with the addition of HBO GO and Max GO, services which offer about 1,800 titles combined to IOS devices and select Android gear. Synacor Inc. is handling TVE authentication for the operator.

  • The U.K. government has earmarked £180 million (US$282.14 million) to help remedy potential interference of terrestrial TV signals cause by 4G mobile services, reports Broadband TV News. (See Ofcom Tries to Lock Down LTE-TV Interference.)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



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