Charter Eyes More HD Via Moto SDV


Charter Communications plans to expand
its HD channel count using switched digital
video gear from Motorola, targeting SDV deployments
across 60% of its footprint by the end of 2010.

Charter has used BigBand Networks for some
SDV deployments. The MSO did not indicate how
much additional HD programming it intends to deliver
as a result of the expansion of switched digital

“Our goal is to deliver value to our customers, offering
the best choices in quality content, including
high-definition programming and fast, reliable
Internet speeds,” Marwan Fawaz, Charter’s executive
vice president of operations and chief technology
officer, said in a statement. “Motorola’s proven
switched digital video solution allows us to meet
this growing demand for HD and speed.”

Charter has already deployed Motorola’s SDV services
in North Carolina, Missouri and Nevada, with
more launches planned for later this year.

According to Motorola, Charter’s deployments
bring total operator commitments for the Motorola
SDV solution to more than 30 million homes
passed. Switched digital video improves bandwidth
utilization by transmitting only those channels
that are being watched in a specific neighborhood
at any given time.

Charter, the No. 4 cable operator in the U.S., had
5 million basic video subscribers (of which 3.16 million
were digital) as of the end of March.