Comcast declined to discuss its plans for the IP-HD client device, but it's expected to be paired with a primary video gateway (a future version of the X1 gateway is expected to include QAM-to-IP transcoding capabilities) and to eventually support a network DVR that's under development at the MSO.
The FCC has granted an 18-month extension to the entire cable industry and a 21-month extension to smaller cable operators for supporting an open home networking standard in HD-capable set-tops, Broadcasting & Cable reported, citing this statement from the American Cable Association (ACA) , a group that represents independent cable operators. The original deadline was to take effect on Dec. 1.
Sigma Systems says its Cloud ServiceBroker, a software-as-a-service fulfillment platform for cable operators and other service operators, has reached general availability. The platform, designed for both small- and medium-sized businesses and residential customers, has been integrated with Mozy, SugarCRM, Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), Google Apps and F-Secure Corp. , among others. (See Sigma Unveils Cloud Service Broker.)
As we mentioned, this sort of a device, while it could be paired with an HD-DVR in a whole home set-up, could be useful when/if Comcast goes wide with a network DVR. Also when we reported about the nDVR tests a while back there were very few people on it. I've been told since then that the tests have scaled up quite a bit in terms of the number of people who have access to it ...but i don't have any hard numbers yet. But i still think it's a big question if the nDVR can scale up if MSOs are legally required to make a distinct copy of every program that is recorded by subscribers. JB
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