CableCARD Deployments Push Past 42M

Security Modules Used in TiVo Boxes and Other Retail Devices Dip Slightly

The top nine incumbent cable MSOs have deployed more than 42 million operator-supplied set-tops outfitted with CableCARD security modules since the security integration ban took effect on July 1, 2007, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association reported to the FCC this week.

That’s about 2 million more than the last quarterly report, issued in late April.

Deployments of CableCARDs, meanwhile, dipped slightly, though there’s much to speak of, anyway, when compared to deployments in leased boxes.

According to the NCTA, those same MSOs have deployed 603,000 CableCARDs for use in retail devices, such as TiVo DVRs and TVs that contain a slot for the removable security devices.  That’s about 1,000 off from 604,000 disclosed in the NCTA’s last report.

Although overall CableCARD deployments continue to rise, some MSOs are weaning off of them in leased boxes. Cablevision Systems, for example, supports CableCARD retail devices, but has migrated to a downloadable security platform for leased boxes. Charter Communications has a similar plan underway.

Cablevision had just 41,119 CableCARDs deployed to 28,580 subs as of June 30, 2013, a 1% decrease from the previous quarter, with 22,041 CableCARDs in inventory.

Charter had 35,492 CableCARDs in service through June 30, 2013, with 20,278 in inventory.

Both MSOs lease CableCARDs for $2 per month.