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Comcast deploys HD DTAs, ponders TR-069

By Mike Robuck, Senior Editor, CED Magazine | Wed, 19 Dec 2012

Comcast has started a phased deployment of HD digital transport adapters (HD DTAs) in subscribers’ homes ahead of ultimately having the devices across its entire footprint.

Back in August, Comcast’s Steve Reynolds, senior vice president of CPE and home networking, said the cable operator was in the process of wrapping up a large-scale trial of HD DTAs prior to deploying them in customers’ homes this year.

Reynolds said then that the HD DTAs represented the last piece of its analog-to-digital conversion, which is known internally as “Project Cavalry.” Comcast expects to have the all-digital project wrapped up by the end of next year, which includes the rollout of HD DTAs from vendors such as Pace, Technicolor, Motorola and Evolution Digital. (Evolution Digital’s wall-mounted HD DTA is also attractive to cable operators because it cuts down on theft.)

HD DTAs allow customers to access HD signals without the frills of VOD, pay-per-view or more expensive equipment in the home. By using an HDMI connection, customers can opt for an analog-type viewing experience on their new HDTVs through the use of HD DTAs. In addition to providing a low-cost HD service for subscribers, HD DTAs are also ideal for hospitality, multi-dwelling units, fitness centers, and bar and restaurant deployments.

Comcast spokeswoman Jenni Moyer confirmed that the HD DTA deployments were underway but didn’t provide any additional details. To read the complete article, click here.
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