Cable Tech

Burke Gives SDV Some Hope

4:30 PM -- Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) won't be going ga-ga with switched digital video (SDV) anytime soon, but it's evidently still part of the company's long-term thinking, raising questions about whether cable's adoption of the technology has indeed peaked. (See Has Cable SDV Peaked? ) Analog reclamation and the "Project Cavalry" initiative are a top priority at the MSO these days, but going all-digital and using SDV are not mutually exclusive, Comcast Corp. COO Steve Burke said on today's second-quarter earnings call. (See Comcast Profits Grow, Sub Adds Slow and Comcast's $1B Bandwidth Plan .) "We are going to continue moving and taking 100 percent... of the company all-digital while continuing to work on switching," he said, responding to an analyst who wondered if word that Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) had gotten its SDV scaling issues solved would have any bearing on Comcast's bandwidth management strategy. Burke agreed that Motorola had made "real progress" with SDV but didn't indicate when Comcast might start to expand its SDV activities, which so far have been limited to a handful of trials. (See Comcast Expands SDV Test Pool.) Plus, Comcast still has plenty of work ahead of it before it wraps up Project Cavalry. Under the present plan, the MSO expects to have about one third of the transition complete by the end of this year. — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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