Ethernet services

Comcast's MetroE Gets a Big Hit

Welcome to the cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s young Metro Ethernet business got into the hit column after scoring a deal to handle high-speed links for Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox, and the team's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. Among the uses, media will tap in to upload photos and massive video files during games. Comcast will also support public Wi-Fi access at Fenway, noting that as many as 2,000 users are logging in during an average game. Comcast has placed a big bet on MetroE as it heads upmarket to serve businesses with up to 500 employees, but hasn't broken out how many revenues it's getting in the category. The MSO ended 2011 with business service revenues of $1.79 billion, with the bulk of it coming from small business customers served by Docsis. (See Comcast Hones 2-Pronged Business Attack, Ciena, Cisco & Juniper Get Piece of Comcast's MetroE and Comcast Rolls Business Voice Into the Cloud.)

  • Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) specialist Entropic Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTR) won't specialize in that product category quite as much after closing its acquisition of Trident Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: TRID)'s set-top box system-on-a-chip (SoC) business and Docsis cable modem silicon assets. About 365 Trident employees have joined Entropic as a result. Sigma Designs Inc. (Nasdaq: SIGM) is in line to pick up the digital TV business of bankrupt Trident. (See Sigma Bids $21M for Trident's DTV Scraps and Entropic Sweetens Pot to Win Trident .)

  • Boxee has about 200,000 Boxee box users, according to this tweet from the company. The revelation comes as Boxee fights a proposed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that would let MSOs encrypt their basic video tiers in all-digital markets. Boxee wants that tier to remain in the clear so its box users can tune those channels without a separate set-top. (See Boxee, Cable Spar Over Video Encryption .)

  • Comcast is the first U.S. ISP to support IPv6 in residential home gateways, MSO IPv6 Chief Architect John Brzozowski revealed at this week's North American IPv6 Summit. He said Comcast has extended IPv6 to gateways in two cities and on six MSO-approved Docsis gateway models so far. (See Comcast, Akamai Team on IPv6 Expansion and Cable Giants Get Aggressive on IPv6.)

  • HBO is giving non-subscribers a taste of two original series -- Girls and Veep -- by streaming the pilot episodes for free via HBO.com, YouTube, DailyMotion, TV.com and MSO VoD platforms. HBO will provide access the day after they premiere on the premium network. Girls kicks off Sunday, April 15, followed by Veep on April 22.

  • UPC cablecom has snapped up fellow Swiss cable operator Télémeyrin SA after picking up shares owned by the municipality of Meryin and Geneva Cantonal Bank, reports Broadband TV News. The deal gives UPC cablecom, already Switzerlands' largest MSO, another 7,000 subs.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • AESerm 12/5/2012 | 5:36:26 PM
    re: Comcast's MetroE Gets a Big Hit

    So just Metro E, no triple play? Not that the expression ever made much sense anyway.(Triple play: get the customer out three ways?) Makes even less sense with voice and video riding over data. Looks like Fort Myers and Boston both happen to be in Comcast's footprint. Any sense of whether MSOs are interconnecting on Metro E deployments?

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