Silverton stranded without cable TV; SeaChange sells Casa shares

> Silverton, Colo. wants its cable TV back. In a somewhat convoluted process, Rocky Mountain Cable had provided service but the company was bought by USA Communications and Silverton wasn't included. Rocky Mountain didn't want to do it so the mountain town went dark. Now there's a ray of hope; local businessman Patrick Swonger said he'll buy the existing cable infrastructure and not only continue service but improve it. Story.

> Cash-hungry SeaChange International has completed the sale of its ownership stake in Casa Systems, netting about $30 million on its investment of $8.9 million in Casa and a pre-tax first quarter gain of $25.2 million. While divorced, the two companies plan to remain close collaborators in the video-on-demand and streaming video space. News release.

> Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) will supply advanced cable technology that includes home networking functionalities, advanced applications like over-the-top video, video-on-demand, media player and USB time shifting to Bulgarian telecommunication operator CableTEL-Eurocom. The applications will run on the ADB set-top box. Story.

> All together now. Canal Digital has joined the Kabel Norge trade association for Norwegian cable operators, bringing together all the country's major cable operators. Canal Digital, with 900,000 connected homes and a 45 percent market share, is the country's largest distribution plant. Story.

> A new survey conducted by BSS supplier Transverse and IT analyst firm Telesperience revealed a potential flaw in what communications services providers (CSPs) want and what they're going to do to reduce costs and implement new products to increase revenue and improve customer service. Not surprisingly, Transverse said that "only a small percentage are planning to deploy a new BSS system." That can't be good for business. News release.

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