by Steve Donohue
FierceCable's list of the top cable technologies of 2013 leads with a look at the video gateways--or "super DVRs"--that Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and other major MSOs will deploy this year as they attempt to stave off competition from products such as DirecTV's (Nasdaq: DTV) Genie and Dish Network's (Nasdaq: DISH) Hopper multiroom DVRs.
But broadband technology dominates our list this year. Time Warner Cable, Cablevision (NYSE: CVC), Comcast, Cox Communications and other cable MSOs are building more Wi-Fi hotspots in major markets that they are using to recruit and retain triple-play subscribers. High-speed Internet is also helping drive significant increases in commercial revenue, with MSOs selling Ethernet connections to mid-sized businesses. And with CableLabs and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers developing a DOCSIS 3.1 spec, operators could one day offer download speeds of 10 megabits per second.
Wiring homes with broadband connections is also driving new revenue streams for cable MSOs, with several distributors adding home security and automation services to their product portfolios.
We also take a look at innovations with cable's core video service, including the rollout of advanced interactive program guides that subscribers can access with a traditional remote control, smartphone or tablet computer to receive personalized recommendations. Advances in mobile video and advertising also makes this year's list, along with customer service software that could help operators reduce subscriber churn rates.
We encourage you to comment on this year's selections or suggest technologies that you think should be on this list. Also, check out FierceTelecom's 10 Hottest Wireline Technologies, and find out what FierceWireless selected as its Top Wireless Technologies for 2013.