5:55 PM -- Weekend's almost here, so time to catch up on some recent cable-related news...
Poppin' U-verse:DSL Reportssays it's received complaints from AT&T Inc. U-verse users about ads popping up on their TV screens touting new service bundles coupled with free pizza offers. AT&T told the site that these aren't paid ads, but messages that fill customers in on new U-verse offers.
Insight chief Michael Willner chimed in about this on his blog. "Now, if you're an AT&T U-Verse customer, you may need to buy a pop-up blocker for your television," he wrote, noting that pop-up ads on TV are not in any of Insight's plans.
But throwing rocks at the AT&T ads might not be too wise at this juncture. In fact, it could come back to haunt. One wonders how cable customers will react when MSOs start hitting them with interactive Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) ads and applications, which are like pop-ups, too.
Suddenlink Communications also got into the act this week, expanding Docsis 3.0 into its Georgetown, Lubbock, and Midland, Texas, systems. Suddenlink , which has D3 available to about 8 percent of its 1.3 million customer base, is starting off with a 20-Mbit/s downstream wideband tier, while most of its U.S. MSO counterparts have started off with 50 Mbit/s or more.
Suddenlink is powering the D3 rollout with Cisco Systems Inc. cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) and a "variety of modems at this point," according to a spokesman.
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