November 2, 2011
Most residential cable high-speed customers still don't subscribe to a wideband service, but today's news roundup leads off with word that demand for Docsis 3.0 gear is on the rise.
Zoom Telephonics said it couldn't meet the demand for its Docsis 3.0 modems and 802.11n D3 wireless gateways during the third quarter, estimating that it missed out on US$500,000 in revenues as a result. That's quite a hit for a company that generated just $3 million in revenues in the quarter. It believes it's got a handle on things for the fourth quarter, and notes that its two main wideband products have been approved for Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s high-end 105Mbit/s speed tier. Comcast and Zoom recently settled a squabble about the MSO's modem certification process. (See Zoom, Comcast Settle Cable Modem Spat .)
While still short of a fully fledged à la carte offering, Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI)'s trial of a Digital Starter Pack offers 86 "core" TV channels, including government-mandated channels, for $20.29 per month. Customers also have the option to add any additional 15, 20 or 30 channels from more than 100 options, starting at $26.38 per month. Rogers is testing the service through the end of March. (See A la Carte Coming to Cable's Menu? )
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) has launched an app that lets FiOS TV subs check their voice mail on the small screen, boasting that it's "leap-frogged the cable companies, who like to trumpet their Caller ID on TV feature of its home services [sic]."
Cox Communications Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) are the latest MSOs to launch Starz's 3-D VoD service, joining Comcast, Verizon, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Blue Ridge Communications, reports Multichannel News.
Concurrent Computer Corp. (Nasdaq: CCUR) posted a fiscal first-quarter loss of $2.6 million, or 31 cents per share, on revenues of $12.9 million. That compares with a loss of $1.2 million, or 14 cents per share, on revenues of $15.5 million in the year-ago quarter. The video-on-demand (VoD) gear and software company blamed the disappointing quarter on reduced spending from two "core North American MSO customers" and product acceptance delays with a "major new customer."
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, <ahref="http://www.lightreading.com/lr-cable/">Light Reading Cable
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