Here's what's making waves on the cable pond today.
Following a months-long trial, Charter Communications Inc. has picked Forth Worth, Texas, as the first market to get the company's integrated TiVo product, the MSO's CEO Mike Lovett revealed Tuesday at a UBS AG conference. He said Charter is launching it this week and expects the MSO to introduce its TiVo product in two more markets this year and offer it in all systems by the first half of 2012. The broadband-fed device, coupled with a new UI, "now allows us to go on the offensive," he said of Charter's advanced video strategy. Charter also expects to offer TiVo's iPad app, which turns the tablet into a fancy remote control but has a live TV streaming feature on the roadmap, Lovett said. (See Charter Preps Network for IP Video.)
Cox Communications Inc.launched its iPad app, dubbed Cox TV Connect, on Tuesday, starting off with access to about 35 live TV channels, depending on the market. However, the MSO is not making it available to customers who take its two lower-end cable modem speed tiers, notes Multichannel News. For more on the app, including a demo and Cox’s strategy to bring it to more types of devices, check out this LRTV interview with company exec Steve Necessary:
fourth-quarter revenue estimates by as much as 22 percent, citing lower than expected sales to "several of our largest customers." It tried to soften the blow by announcing separately that it landed a $4.5 million expansion order with an unnamed Tier 1 MSO, and added seven new customers during the period. Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is among Sandvine’s major MSO customers.
OSS specialist Integrated Broadband Services LLC (IBBS)named Michael Gallagher as CEO and a member of the board. He succeeds Dave Keil, who is stepping down on Jan. 1, 2012. Gallagher was the founding CEO of FDN Communications, which was acquired by Nuvox Communications, a company that's in the portfolio of Pamlico Capital, IBBS's majority shareholder.