Rogers Makes Netflix Subs a Little Happier

Broadband buzz dominates today's cable news roundup.

  • Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI) has increased the monthly consumption caps -- albeit only slightly -- of most of its residential cable modem service tiers, a move that comes almost a year after Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) debuted its video-streaming service in Canada. Among examples, the Canadian MSO bumped the monthly usage allowance of its high-end Docsis 3.0 Ultimate service (50Mbit/s downstream) tier from 175GB to 250GB. (See Rogers Takes Internet Meter to the Masses, Netflix Streams to Canada and O, Canada! Netflix Streaming Gets a Reprieve.)

  • Suddenlink Communications launched its 107Mbit/s Docsis 3.0 service in four markets in Louisiana, and two in Arkansas, expanding the reach of U.S. cable's fastest residential cable modem tier -- at least when it comes to the downstream. Suddenlink matches its MAX 107.0 service -- already offered in parts of Texas, West Virginia and Ohio -- with an upstream link that tops out at 5 Mbit/s. (See Suddenlink Unleashes 107-Meg Wideband Tier.)

  • About 4 percent of U.S. homes will be cord cutters, or former pay-TV subscribers, by the end of 2011, SNL Kagan predicts. Multichannel subscriptions peaked at the end of 2009, when 86 percent of homes had them. (See Survey: 7% of Pay-TV Subs Will Cut Cord and 3% of Pay-TV Subs Cut Cord.)

  • Several Minnesota Montana families were surprised when they discovered several trenches in the ground that were dug by Montana Opticom, which is using US$64 million in federal stimulus funds to deliver broadband Internet access to rural areas. In addition to complaining about holes in the ground, locals said some Opticom workers used foul language. (See Cable Study Highlights Broadband Stimulus Waste.)

  • CNN said consumers have downloaded its mobile apps more than 10 million times, including those for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPhone and iPad and devices running on Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android platform. (See CNN Streams 24/7.)

  • It'll cost cricket fans $99 to watch a YouTube Inc. channel featuring the India tour of England. While that may seem like a steep price to most U.S. sports fans, we suspect cricket supporters think the same about DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV)'s NFL Sunday Ticket Super Fan package, which runs more than $400.

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

  • Duh! 12/5/2012 | 4:58:21 PM
    re: Rogers Makes Netflix Subs a Little Happier

    Wasn't there an article in yesterday's papers to the effect that kids are not learning geography? 

    Bozeman is in Montana, not Minnesota.  Montana and Minnesota are not the same state.  They aren't even adjacent, unless you make the Dakotas disappear.

    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:58:21 PM
    re: Rogers Makes Netflix Subs a Little Happier

    Yep, thanks for catching that. One of the quotes there was from a Montana resident who was on vacation in Minnesota when he got word that his yard was being dug up... and we got that mixed up. Still, no excuse since it was MONTANA Opticom that was the service provider in question. But we put Rogers in the right country at least. JB

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