Here's a look at what's turning cable's crank Thursday.
SureWest Communications (Nasdaq: SURW) has rolled out BigBand Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: BBND)'s switched digital video (SDV) platform in Kansas City, where it operates an HFC system. SureWest is using SDV there to conserve bandwidth and as a bridge for an IP video migration. SureWest said it launched 50 additional HD channels after deploying SDV. BigBand's in the process of being acquired by Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS), which is starting to make some hay with a hybrid QAM/IP video gateway. SureWest's SDV deployment makes it a candidate for that product as well. (See Arris Snaps Up BigBand .)
Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for IPv6 John Brzozowski has posted some technical details about the MSO's pilot market deployment of the new IP addressing scheme. Initially, the deployment will focus on PCs connected directly to cable modems, while later phases will support home gateway devices and Comcast's commercial fiber-based customers. Brzozowski notes that Comcast is gearing up for a "nationwide rollout" of IPv6 in 2012.