The SCTE said that cable-industry vendors will use its upcoming trade show to demonstrate new software for managing network power consumption, a component of its Energy 2020 initiative.
The cable industry is moving from the existing DOCSIS 3.0 standard to the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard, increasing their Internet speeds from around 300 Mbps to 1 Gpbs or faster.
Cable operators aren't running scared from the 1 Gbps threat made by Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) and a growing base of telcos like AT&T (NYSE: T) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), but rather are fighting back with the DOCSIS 3.1 standard, one that Cable Labs says will support 1 Gbps over their existing hybrid fiber coax networks. Read more here.
CableLabs makes no secret of why it started work on DOCSIS 3.1: "Gigabit speeds were something very important" to the cable industry, explained Wayne Surdam, CableLabs' vice president of communications. Indeed, DOCSIS 3.1 is the cable industry's answer to a range of competitive threats and market trends.
As consumers upgrade to better broadband networks they are driving growth in broadband customer premise equipment (CPE). ABI Research predicts that broadband CPE shipments will top 153.6 million by year-end with fiber-optic CPE devices increasing about 12 percent in 2015 and DSL and cable CPE devices slightly declining.
Arris reported an 18 percent drop in customer premises equipment sales in the second quarter, driven by a 7 percent drop in sales of set-tops and gateways to cable companies, and a 17 percent decline in sales of these products to telco services AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.
French media technology conglomerate Technicolor has agreed to purchase Cisco's customer premises equipment (CPE) division for $602 million, a move delivers a second burst of consolidation to the fast-declining pay-TV set-top industry.
Netflix and Hulu have both reported massive new subscription growth. And from HBO Now to CBS All Access to Sling TV, a flurry of new over-the-top choices have been added by programmers and distributers. Still, somehow, in its latest Consumer Entertainment Index, Arris claims that the percentage of North American survey respondents reporting regular OTT use dropped from 88 percent in 2014 to 86 percent this year.
Despite a flurry of new streaming video choices, the number of U.S. and Canadian consumers who identify themselves as regular users of over-the-top content actually declined 2 percent over the last year, according to Arris' latest Consumer Entertainment Index report.
The set-top box may be the hub of the pay-TV consumer's living room, but it's clear that a number of factors such as cloud-based platforms and a consolidating industry is taking its toll on the industry segment.