Welcome to the cable news roundup, Hump Day edition.
Cable overbuilder WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) will use the Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) Moxi video gateway to power the MSO's new high-end Ultra TV service, a bundle that ties together the six-tuner, 500-Gigabyte multi-room DVR with a Docsis 3.0 cable modem connection, a VoIP account, and an optional in-home Wi-Fi routing set-up. WOW competes primarily with Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) in Chicago and Detroit; Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; and with Insight Communications Co. Inc. (soon to become part of TW Cable) in Evansville, Ind. WOW's rollout comes out ahead of the X1, Comcast's cloud-based, next-gen video product. Here's how WOW's promoting UltraTV:
WOW's work with Arris also represents a shift away from the U.S. Motorola Mobility LLC -Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) set-top duopoly. WOW's Steve Stanfill blogged about the selection process, noting that shopping its next-gen product ideas by the old standbys left the operator "disappointed and frustrated, both for reasons of cost and functionality." Ouch.