Comcast Plugs In Cisco for 1-Gig Docsis Demo

Happy Friday, cable gang. Here's what's cooking in the cable world, following a busy week at the industry's annual convention.

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) tapped Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s 3G60 cable modem termination system (CMTS) cards to help power a demo Thursday at The Cable Show of a 1Gbit/s downstream connection on the MSO's live cable plant in Chicago. John Chapman, CTO of Cisco's Cable Access Business Unit, blogged about it, holding that this kind of field demo "means that yes, Docsis does continue to scale -- in a big way, and for a long time." (See Comcast Also Thinking Big With 1-Gig.)

    Update: On the CPE side, the demo featured two prototype Docsis wideband modems, each outfitted with 16 downstream channels, to produce an aggregated Docsis downstream path of 32 bonded channels.

  • It's "unnatural and unsustainable" for DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) to have a 30 percent share of pay-TV subscribers, Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) COO John Bickham told attendees at The Cable Show, insisting that cable is poised to reclaim subscribers lost to DBS. (See DirecTV Rakes In US Subs in Q1 .)

  • Comcast is going all-digital in Ocean City, Md., allowing it to add more HD channels and offer a faster Internet service.

  • Cable One Inc. is marketing a 50Mbit/s Internet service that runs on Docsis 3.0 modems. (See CableOne Tries Out Overage Fees.)

  • Cox Communications Inc. ordered new remotes from Universal Electronics Inc. that work with the operator's new tru2way-based Trio interactive program guide. (See Cox Trots Out Tru2way Guide .)

  • Redbox began renting video games for $2 per night at its movie kiosks. (See Redbox Streams After Netflix.)

  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) says about 130,000 people attended The Cable Show in Chicago this week, which was about the same draw as last year's confab in Los Angeles. There were 280 exhibitors, up from 262 last year.

  • DirecTV installer Multiband Corp. plans to buy engineering company WPCS for $22.7 million in stock.

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers International predicts there will be 52.5 million mobile TV viewers by 2015, up from 17.6 million in 2010. It expects ad spending for mobile video will hit $1.4 billion by 2015, up from $370 million last year.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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