The Friday Five

Here's our semi-weekly glance at a handful of other cable-related stuff that happened in the world of cable this week that bears repeating or sharing:

  • Those government coupons consumers will use to defray some of the cost of those digital-to-analog converters are starting to arrive in mailboxes across the country. Haven’t received yours yet? Engadget HD has some pics of what to be on the lookout for.
  • Smell the upstream bandwidth. YouTube Inc. is going to start doing live video this year.
  • Speaking of bandwidth, IP Democracy has the goods on a self-serving study from AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) showing that an unnamed cable operator in an unnamed market produced cable modem speeds well under the advertised cap. Of course, it would’ve been a tad more fair if AT&T actually disclosed the location of the test so the cable operator in question could defend itself. Then again, this may prompt cable to conduct a few tests of its own in a U-verse market, particularly after the telco made some steep claims of its own at the Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. analyst conference. For instance: It expects to be able to support two to three HDTV streams to a customer in select markets by the second or third quarter of this year.
  • Subscriber growth may be slowing at Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH), but the opposite will be true for its expanding HD lineup. This week, the satco said it would offer 100 “national” HD nets and beam local hi-def nets to 100 markets by year-end.
  • And, finally, a plug for one of our own. Heavy Reading senior analyst Alan Breznick breaks down the Docsis numbers for the fourth quarter as well as for all of 2007, which saw device shipments eclipse 30 million units for the first time. (See Docsis Device Shipments Top 30M in 2007.)

Until next week…

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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