Motorola's Upstream Booster Gets a Lift

Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.

  • Motorola Mobility says Mexico's Cablevisión and Norwood Light Broadband are among the first cable operators to successfully deploy S-CDMA (Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access), a technique that lets cable operators free up spectrum in the noisy, lower portions of its spectrum so it can be used for upstream data capacity, including Docsis 3.0 channel bonding. Cablevisión has launched S-CDMA and Norwood Light Broadband, a small operator in Massachusetts, is in the final testing stages using the Motorola BSR 64000 cable modem termination system, the BSR 64000 outfitted with the vendor's new dedicated upstream blade, the RX48. Cox Communications Inc. has conducted some field trial work with S-CDMA with Motorola. (See Moto Preaches Cable's Upstream Savior , Moto: S-CDMA Starting to Spread and Moto: S-CDMA Starting to Spread.)

  • TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) claims it is entitled to billions of dollars in damages if it wins its DVR patent dispute with Motorola Mobility, reports Bloomberg. "Motorola's massive production of infringing DVRs dwarfs the numbers of accused products at issue in TiVo's previous cases. TiVo's damages claim is likely to run into the billions of dollars," TiVo claimed in a court filing. TiVo is trying to consolidate its cases against Motorola and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO). (See Cisco, Motorola May Be Next to Settle With TiVo and TiVo Sues Motorola & Time Warner Cable.)

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and Bright House Networks are the latest cable operators to join the Entertainment ID Registry (EIDR), a coalition that uses a uniform method to identify and catalog movies, TV shows and other "entertainment assets" for TV Everywhere services. Charter Communications Inc. , Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Cox Communications and Shaw Communications Inc. are among MSOs that have already joined EIDR. (See CableLabs, Studios Back TV Everywhere Registry.)

  • Hitron Technologies Inc. is using this week's Cable-Tec Expo to unveil a new line of Docsis 3.0 gateways that can bond 24 downstreams and eight upstream channels. Hitron's gateways, which include a model that supports cable VoIP services and can get cable within reach of a 1Gbit/s downstream, are based on Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC)'s new Puma6 Docsis 3.0 chipset. (See More Docsis 3.0 Gateways Gun for 1-Gig .)

  • Aereo Inc. has added PCs to the list of devices supporting a platform that delivers over-the-air TV broadcasts to customers via broadband and ties in a network-based DVR, reports USA Today. Aereo's service, offered only in New York City, also supports iOS devices and Roku Inc. boxes. The company, which is embroiled in legal battles with the nation's major broadcasters, expects to add Android devices to its lineup later this year.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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