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Another MSO Loosens Moto's Video Grip

Here's the Hump-Day edition of the cable news roundup.

  • Cass Cable TV is the latest MSO to deploy a hosted switched digital video (SDV) platform from Adara Technologies Inc. that lets MSOs deploy Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) set-tops and the vendor's conditional access and RTN user interface in cable systems already outfitted with Motorola Mobility LLC 's digital cable video system. Adara, a Cisco technology partner, has been pitching its approach to Tier 2/3 cable operators as a way to help them free up bandwidth and migrate to an IP video platform. Cass Cable serves about 16,000 subs in central Illinois. (See Cisco Partner Tries to Break Moto's Grip on Tier 2s and Adara Lands SDV Deal.)

  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to announce Wednesday that several major MSOs will follow Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s Internet Essentials model to provide US$9.95 per month broadband services alongside digital training and subsidized PCs to low-income families with school children who qualify for the U.S.'s free-lunch program, says Broadcasting & Cable. (See Comcast Goes Big With 'Internet Essentials'.)

  • Live television is coming to the Boxee box thanks to a USB-connected dongle that doubles as a digital over-the-air HDTV tuner, reports NewTeeVee, noting that the feature, sure to be a hit with the cord-cutting crowd, will be part of a major upgrade that's expected to come out in the coming weeks.

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) expects to complete its acquisition of Motorola Mobility by April 2012, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said in a briefing in Taipei, reports Bloomberg. (See Cover Sheet: Google to Acquire Moto Mobility.)

  • Comcast has begun the production deployment of its IPv6 service, with about 100 customers in the San Francisco area on board with the new addressing scheme. The MSO is starting off with a native dual-stack deployment that supports both IPv6 and IPv4. (See Cable Gets It On With IPv6 .)

  • Cable overbuilder Knology Inc. (Nasdaq: KNOL) reversed an industry trend by adding 2,093 video customers in the third quarter. Knology posted a quarterly profit of $10.3 million, or 27 cents per basic share, on revenues of $130 million.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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