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Comcast Also Thinking Big With 1-Gig

Here's a quick look at today's cable news. For more news from The Cable Show in Chicago, check our show micro-site.

  • PaidContent says Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) CEO Brian Roberts will demo a 1Gbit/s cable connection at The Cable Show this week, offering a bit of a counter to Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s coming 1-Gig experiment in Kansas City. (See Google's 1-Gig Fiber Winner: Kansas City, KS.)

  • Comcast will soon test a cloud-based remote storage DVR similar to Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC)'s. (See Cablevision's Network DVR Branches Out.)

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) bid US$1.38 billion for mobile satellite provider TerreStar Corp. , which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. (See Dish's Spectrum Chase Hits a Speed Bump.)

  • High-definition DVRs drain more energy than refrigerators, according to the National Resources Defense Council.

  • Poverty poses a bigger threat to cable than Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX). (See Cable & Content Execs Agree on Everything.)

  • Motorola Mobility LLC and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) are developing a hybrid video gateway called the DCX3600M that will transcode QAM MPEG-2 video signals to MPEG-4 for delivery to tablets, PCs and smartphones hooked into the home network. TWC's primary set-top suppliers are Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC).

  • Charter Communications Inc. is among the first MSOs to deploy a tru2way-based 'set-back' box from Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) . Charter is using the device, which mounts on the back of flat-screen HD sets, to deliver video services to hotels and other commercial venues. (See ADB Develops Tru2way 'Set-Back'.)

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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