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Ericsson’s New Cable Modem

Back in the early 2000s, CableLabs’s DOCSIS certification crew had its hands full running tests on DOCSIS cable modems and reference designs from companies like Com21, 3Com, Panasonic, Scientific-Atlanta, Linksys, Tellabs, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Terayon Communication Systems, HighSpeed Surfing, US Robotics – companies that are all no longer in the cable modem business for one reason or another (they bugged out of the market, got bought, or just plain died).


Comcast Said to Be Wielding Sweetheart Deals for ‘Watchable’

Comcast is nearing the launch of a curated, ad-supported streaming service that can be tied into its X1 platform, and it will look get a leg up by offering content partners more attractive ad-splits than what they’re getting from Google/YouTube and Facebook, The Wall Street Journal reports.


Get Ready for Gigabit Broadband

Gigabit Internet speeds are right around the corner and about to release technological potential that has been constrained for far too long. Fueled by consumer demand for ever faster and more reliable broadband and Internet, cable operators are getting ready for mass deployment of Gigabit speeds to cable subscribers throughout the country.


TWC Touts ‘The Wire Behind Wireless’

As we pointed out earlier this week, cable’s dabbling in the cellular and mobile sector – the Sprint “Pivot” partnership and Cox’s failed attempt to build its own network, among them -- has not produced stellar results. Although the potential for MVNO partnerships could offer some help on the mobile front, it’s becoming clear that cable’s going to hitch its wireless wagon to WiFi.


TiVo Ready to ‘Bolt’ on Roamio?

Roamio, we hardly knew ya. TiVo appears to be closing in on the launch of a new family of products that will succeed the Roamio lineup, according to a bunch of evidence that Dave Zatz of the ZatzNotFunny blog has been uncovering in recent weeks.


Study: Most Broadband Subs Don’t Know Their Speed

When it comes to broadband, speed is the name of the game.


Or is it? It also turns out that a majority of high-speed Internet subs don’t even know what they’re paying for.


About two-thirds (69%) of consumers have no idea of what the advertised speed of their broadband package is supposed to be, Cable.co.uk found in a survey of 2,500 broadband customers. 


Boxee’s Greatest Hits

Boxee, once a burr in cable’s saddle and a beacon of light to cord-cutters, has apparently reached its end game (yes, it is mixed-metaphor Thursday, thanks for asking) amid a report in Variety this week that Samsung has shut down an initiat

5 Reasons Broadcasters Need an OTT Strategy

Will 2015 be the tipping point for over-the-top video (OTT)? Around the industry, the answer is a resounding yes.


Erik Huggers, president and CEO of VEVO, recently predicted 2015 would be a “break-out year” for the technology, and Park Associates, an online video analysis firm, took it a step further, saying 2015 is “the year of OTT.”


Survey Pinpoints What’s Hot In Cable Tech

“Massive” deployments of DOCSIS and a shift to remote and distributed network architectures are some of the top trends among cable operators, IHS found in a survey of 12 service providers across the globe that represent the bulk of industry revenues and capex.


Analyst Still Bullish on Arris

Although Arris is still fighting “headwinds” caused by MVPD consolidation paired with a consolidating and shrinking set-top market, one analyst thinks concerns about the supplier's future are a bit overblown, holding that the company remains well-positioned when it comes to the larger IP video transition.


Raymond James analyst Simon Leopold maintained his “Strong Buy” on the stock Monday, and a target price of $40 (at last check Monday, Arris shares were trading at $30.08, down 44 cents (1.44%) for the day).