Cablevision Holds Firm
But, for Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC), the date means a bit more than that -- it's when the MSO is expected to start commercial use of a downloadable security system in its defined "Phase I" areas, which include parts of its Long Island and New Jersey systems and comprise one-third of the MSO's total footprint.
The July 1 date is just one of several that were contingent on Cablevision obtaining an 18-month waiver extention from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) attempted to prevent. (See Cablevision Seeks Extended Security Waiver, Cablevision Scores Set-Top Waiver Extension , and Cablevision Waiver Catches More Heat .)
Cablevision fully intends to hit that deadline, according to a declaration from SVP of corporate engineering and technology James Blackley that was signed and dated June 15.
Last month, Cablevision placed an initial order for set-tops that use the downloadable system, which is based on the NDS Ltd. "key ladder" (K-LAD). (See Order Up! )
The MSO must pay a penalty of $5,000 per day if it fails to hit any deadlines that were contingent on its receiving a waiver. Although Cablevision intends to continue to support CableCARD security, all new set-tops deployed by the MSO must incorporate the new downloadable system by the end of 2010.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News