A new partnership in the content delivery network (CDN) world kicks off today's cable news snapshot.
Motorola Mobility LLC says it now has a full CDN offering to pitch to MSOs and other service operators around the globe after striking a distribution deal with EdgeCast Networks Inc. , a firm that provides CDN provisioning, monitoring and management services. The deal gives Moto an IP CDN component and complements its line of encoders, transcoders, and video servers and software, resulting in a broader platform that can compete with CDN systems from rivals such as Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO). EdgeCast President James Segil estimates that his company carries 4 percent to 5 percent of the world's Internet traffic across its CDN. Some of EdgeCast's larger service operator customers include AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and Telus Corp. (NYSE: TU; Toronto: T).
New digital set-tops to be deployed by U.S. MSOs this fall are projected to offer energy savings of 20 percent or more when they shift into a new "light sleep" mode, says CableLabs , referring to a low-power mode that keeps the "essential" activities of a box going while shutting down other tasks such as channel tuning. CableLabs expects more than 10 million boxes to support the new mode by the end of 2012 as MSOs deploy the new boxes and add sleep mode capabilities in eligible, deployed boxes via software upgrades.
The top 18 U.S. MSOs and telcos added 3 million net new high-speed Internet subs in 2011, extending the total to 78.6 million, according to Leichtman Research Group Inc. (LRG) . Cable dominated the telcos during the year, accounting for 75 percent of the broadband additions.
DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) is working on a tech and bandwidth plan to support Ultra-HDTV, a budding higher-resolution format that will bring IMAX-like images to consumer TVs, reports Advanced Television, noting that Japan plans to debut Ultra-HDTV in 2020.