Welcome to today's cable and broadband news roundup.
Broadcom Corp. has added an advanced layer of security to its set-top chips that's designed to keeping hackers at bay. The chipmaker says it has licensed and is in the process of activating a set of countermeasures from Cryptography Research across its set-top platforms, starting with the BCM7231, a system-on-chip (SoC) for IP set-top boxes. Broadcom intends to support the new security platform in its new cable and satellite TV chipsets as well, since they will also become key theft-of-service targets for video pirates. Broadcom's Nick Dunn says the encryption enhancements are becoming more critical as set-tops expand beyond the simple MPEG decoder and add IP components that enable them to share premium video content with gaming consoles and other consumer electronics devices via an HDMI interface. Dunn believes other industries will have to layer in similar countermeasures as pay-TV operators continue to expand their TV Everywhere strategies. "We think the mobile industry will have to follow suit," he says. "They [mobile operators] are equally susceptible to the same type of attacks."
Blake Krikorian has joined Microsoft Corp. after the software giant purchased id8 Group R2 Studios, a home-automation company started up by Krikorian in 2011, The Wall Street Journal reported. Krikorian is best known for co-founding Sling Media Inc., the video place-shifting pioneer that EchoStar Corp. bought in 2007 for $380 million.
TW Cable has made a small acquisition that will help it expand its New York clusters. Its $1.2 million acquisition of Princetown Cable Co. covers about 600 subscribers in Princetown, Duanesburg and Rotterdam, according to the Times Union.