Cable TV industry expands HD offerings in attempt to stay competitive

A new report from In-Stat predicts sales of cable infrastructure equipment will more than double by 2010 as operators position themselves to do battle with IPTV providers.

The cable TV industry is in a race to provision a “three-screen” service that starts with HDTV sets, maps over to broadband-connected PCs and follows subscribers around during the day on cell phones and other portable devices, reports In-Stat.

The result will be continued growth in cable TV infrastructure equipment with sales rising from about $925.4 million during 2006 to more than $2.1 billion in 2010, according to In-Stat.

Recent In-Stat research finds:

  • High-definition TV services and video-on-demand are expanding, driving plant upgrades for improved gigabit Ethernet video switches, Switched Digital Video (SDV), more QAM channels and widening deployments of 1GHz Final Mile equipment.
  • Modular Cable Modem Termination Systems (Modular CMTS) and wide-band cable modems are being brought into play to upgrade high-speed data services to compete against telephone companies’ ADSL, VDSL and Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH).
  • Comcast, Cox, Time-Warner and Advance/Newhouse have a joint venture with Sprint Nextel that will begin offering cable-branded cellular phone services later this year in the United States. Later, Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) will add innovative video services and wireless extensions to the cable TV infrastructure and disrupt the cell phone market.
  • The cable TV industry is rapidly deploying voice-over-IP services.

The findings are part of a new In-Stat report, “Cable TV Head-Ends: Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) Powers Cable TV Counterpunch to IPTV.”

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