Cable Tech

Cablevision Starts Downloading

5:40 PM -- Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) has hit a July 1 deadline to begin the "commercial use" of a new downloadable conditional access system in its "Phase I" area (on Long Island and in parts of New Jersey).

That's according to a "declaration" signed and filed today with the FCC by James Blackley, the MSO's SVP of corporate engineering and technology.

In addition to getting the big project on the ground and keeping the MSO well clear of the Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT)/Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) security duopoly in the U.S., making the date ensures that Cablevision won't get hit with any fines. The MSO agreed to pay up to $5,000 per day for any missed milestones as outlined in an 18-month set-top waiver extension the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted Cablevision back in January. (See Cablevision Scores Set-Top Waiver Extension and Cablevision Seeks Extended Security Waiver.)

In mid-April, Cablevision confirmed it had placed an order for set-tops that can use the downloadable security system, enabled by the NDS Ltd. "key ladder." An earlier filing indicated that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) and LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) were developing boxes that can accommodate the downloadable system, which the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) isn't all that crazy about. (See Order Up! and Cablevision Waiver Catches More Heat.)

Anyone out in Cablevision country laid eyes on one of these boxes yet?

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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