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Cable Catchup

5:35 PM -- Another week is coming to an end, so it's high time to take a peek at other news making the rounds in the cable realm…

  • Broadband-based home monitoring and security firms Icontrol Networks Inc. and uControl Inc. are merging, but not being rechristened as WeControl. It'll continue on as iControl Networks and is coming together as MSOs and other service providers start to take to the idea. Among recent examples, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is trying it out in Houston, and Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI) is breaking into the home security game in Canada. (See iControl, uControl Strike Merger Deal and Comcast Homes In on Security Services.)

  • Latens Systems Ltd. and GoBackTV Inc. are teaming up to offer an integrated IPTV platform for small- and mid-sized MSOs. Latens, which is about to be acquired by Pace plc , is pitching in its software-based security system, and GoBackTV is hooking in its digital headends and cable edge gear. (See Pace Buys Again and Latens, GoBackTV Pitch IPTV to Cable.)

    They'll have company. Vidiom Systems Inc. is also going after Tier 2/3 MSOs with a pre-integrated IPTV platform. (See Vidiom Pitches Prepackaged Cable IPTV .)

  • With Pace buying Latens, Infonetics Research Inc. Tweets that Widevine Technologies Inc. and Verimatrix Inc. are now "top acquisition targets of STB vendors." Wonder if that counts Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), which already has SecureMedia Inc. (See Moto Nabs SecureMedia.)

  • Rumors that Cedar Point Communications Inc. is an acquisition target are alive again, with word from Multichannel News that Genband Inc. is making a play for the VoIP vendor as it looks to further bulk up after its Nortel Networks Ltd. VoIP asset purchase. (See Genband Wins Nortel's Carrier VoIP Biz.)

    Cedar Point, which has been seeking growth opportunities overseas, has been the subject of acquisition rumors over the years, most recently getting a look from Sonus Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS). MCN reports that Genband has hired America's Growth Capital "to evaluate various 'liquidity' options, including a possible sale." (See Sonus Looking at Nortel Assets, Cedar Point and Cedar Point Snags Growth Funds.)

  • ZillionTV Corp. appears to have ceased operations and is trying to sell off its assets, Multichannel News reports.

    ZillionTV chairman and co-founder Mitch Berman told the pub he'd be "glad to speak" in December about the status of the company. It was about a year ago that Nsight revealed itself as ZillionTV's first service-provider partner. (See Nsight Takes ZillionTV on a Test Run .)

  • Over-the-top video services like Hulu LLC are destroying the pay-TV model, Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) VP of online content development and strategy Bruce Eisen told the Streaming Media West conference earlier this week.

    "If I can watch Glee tomorrow morning and I don't have to pay a pay-TV service, I think that's bad," he said. "If people decide they don’t have to pay for pay TV, then one of the pillars [of the TV industry] starts crumbling."

  • Speaking of Hulu, some Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) TV users are side-stepping blocking by the online video aggregator by accessing Hulu content via Comcast's Fancast.com video hub.

  • Premium programmer HBO said it has lost 1.5 million subs since the end of 2009, but isn't blaming it on cord-cutting. It's instead pointing the finger at the activities of some affiliates, including DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV), which isn't promoting the service because it's out of contract.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:19:21 PM
    re: Cable Catchup

    Cedar Point isn't addressing rumors that it's on the block or seeking othet liquidity options, but it did issue a statement Monday in respect to its service provider customer base:

    In a recent news account, unnamed sources provided an inaccurate portrayal of the state of Cedar Point Communications’ business.


    While Cedar Point Communications does not comment on reports of the company as a merger partner, an acquirer or an acquisition, it’s important that we set the record straight regarding the health of the company and its ability to maintain and grow market share.  Specifically:


    <ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc">
    <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in;">Cedar Point has never lost a customer, and in fact has experienced growth in its customer base through competitive wins with services providers such as Kabel Deutschland and Multimedia Polska &ndash; all of which have opted for Cedar Point solutions as replacements for existing platforms.</li>
    <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in;">Cedar Point has experienced consistent growth in lines shipped over the past several years in what arguably has been a flat market.&nbsp; Cedar Point has expanded its business in the United States and overseas via increased activity in the commercial services market, acquisition of new customers and growth within announced and unannounced existing customers, including Telecentro, NetCologne, Flow, MetroCast and others. </li>
    <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in;">Despite difficult economic conditions Cedar Point has consistently grown revenue over the past several years.</li>


    At the same time, Cedar Point has continued to invest considerable resources in technology advancements that are designed to build new revenue for service providers and maintain the company&rsquo;s leadership position as a communications solutions innovator.&nbsp; The company&rsquo;s award-winning SafariFusion&trade; Applications Platform and SafariFusion Visual Communications Suite (VCS) are uniquely positioned to enable cable and telco providers to deploy &ldquo;fused&rdquo; multimedia services across a variety of endpoints.&nbsp; Cedar Point is working closely with a variety of operators, and expects deployment announcements in the near future.





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