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