CableCARD deployments reach 216,000-plus

Fri, 12/22/2006 - 5:48am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

More than 216,000 CableCARDs have been deployed by cable operators serving about 90 percent of U.S. cable subs, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) reported Friday in a filing to the Federal Communications Commission.

Deployment figures cited in the report are as of Nov. 10, 2006.

About 191,000 CableCARDs have been deployed by Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Charter Communications and Cablevision Systems Corp., which together serve about 80 percent of U.S. cable subs. That figure includes former Adelphia systems recently acquired by Time Warner Cable and Comcast.

Among operators supplying data for the filing, Cablevision said it averaged 1.1 truck rolls to install a CableCARD, and a monthly lease rate of $1.25.

In comparison, Charter reported 1.3 truck rolls and a lease rate of $1.50. Others in the report: Comcast (1.05 truck rolls, no monthly lease rate); Cox (1.101 truck rolls, $1.94 average monthly lease fee); Time Warner Cable (1.73 truck rolls, $2.05 average monthly lease rate).

Time Warner Cable noted that it continues to operate for its divisions a Web-based forum (dubbed the “eRoom”) for resolving existing and newly-discovered CableCARD implementation problems.

NCTA also reported that 29 consumer electronics companies have had more than 541 one-way, Unidirectional Digital Cable Ready Products (UDCPs) “verified” for use with CableCARDs.

Regarding the Multi-stream CableCARD (also known as the “M-Card”), NCTA reiterated that CableLabs has qualified M-Cards from Cisco/Scientific Atlanta and Motorola. CableLabs also announced an effort in November to streamline verification on retail devices that support M-Card.


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