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Casa Shrinks Docsis 3.0 CMTS

This edition of the cable news roundup has that distinct Cable-Tec Expo flavor.

  • Casa Systems Inc. has launched a small-footprint Docsis 3.0-based cable termination system (CMTS) tailored for deployments in apartments, hospitality venues and in rural areas. The C1G bakes in one downstream QAM port, two upstream ports and two Gigabit Ethernet network ports, but can be configured to support up to eight downstream and 8 upstreams. (See Summit Partners Pours $96M Into Casa Systems .)

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) has inked an exclusive, multi-year deal to license first-run feature films from Lionsgate UK -- including newer titles such as The Mechanic and catalog flicks like Reservoir Dogs -- as Netflix prepares to debut its streaming video service in the UK and Ireland in early 2012. (See Netflix Heads for UK & Ireland in 2012.)

  • CableLabs is using S3 Group's StormTest Development Center to power the automated testing of interactive apps, including those based on Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF), at the R&D house's headquarters in Louisville, Colo. S3 Group counts Canoe Ventures LLC , the cross-MSO advanced joint venture, among its partners.

  • Grande Communications has introduced TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO)'s broadband-connected Premiere DVR in Austin, San Marcos and San Antonio, Texas, offering subs a platform that feeds in over-the-top video alongside the operator's own video-on-demand services. Grande is bundling the box in most of its multi-service tiers, and selling it for US$12.99 per month to subs who only take the company's digital TV service.

  • Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) has launched AdManager, a platform that has TV Everywhere in mind, because it enables MSOs to splice digital ads dynamically into video services piped to tablets, connected TVs, game consoles, PCs, smartphones and other IP-connected devices. It'll do battle with SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC)'s recently launched Infusion platform.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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