Entropic moves to MoCA 2.0; Cisco widens set-top offerings

> Entropic Communications has expanded its home networking capabilities by embracing MoCA 2.0. The new spec starts at a base 400 Mbps of throughput and can be turbocharged up to 1 Gbps, the company said. News release.

> As expected, Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) unveiled its offering to bring together the Internet and cable TV. Called Videoscape, the system gives Cisco "an opportunity, along with service providers and our partners to reinvent the entire TV experience," Cisco CEO John Chambers, no doubt underplaying the issue, said during a press event at CES. Story.

> Today's retransmission news is that Fox is off the air and NBC might be next as DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) thrashes out new deals with TV stations in Kennewick, Wash. The satellite provider is in a two-week extension window with KNDO and KNDU. Story.

> Technicolor has cut a deal with SeaChange International (Nasdaq: SEAC) to integrate the latter's Tru2way software stack into its next generation of digital set-top boxes. Tru2way, for what it's worth, has proven to be far more popular among cable operators than the attention-grabbing consumer electronics manufacturers gathering in Las Vegas these days. Story.

> Sometimes it's important to present things in the proper way. While it would seem that the $1.7 million the U.S. Telecom Association spent lobbying the federal government in the third quarter is a piddling amount, it becomes more realistic when it's described as $1,700,000. On the other hand, it's still less than cable--and sometimes even just Comcast--spends. Story.

And finally ... Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI), after a conference call with two dozen New York State 911 directors, said it is working to correct potential problems with its new digital phone system and emergency calls. Story.