News November 19, 2015

Charter’s Rutledge: ‘We’ll hire our own technicians to do the work’ of TWC technical integration

Originally appeared in FierceInstaller
By Daniel Frankel
November 17, 2015

As his cable system prepares to absorb more than 13 million video subscribers from Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Bright House Networks, in millions more high-speed Internet users, Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) President and CEO Tom Rutledge recently laid out some of the details of how the technology integration will work.

Speaking at an “investor day” event last week for Liberty Media, Charter’s biggest shareholder, Rutledge said Charter will continue to rely on its cloud-based strategy that relies on two-way communications with older set-tops. This will differ radically from services like TWC Maxx, which call for the installation of advanced Arris-made DVR set-tops into customer homes.

“Historically, the chips and processing power and storage of older set-tops was the lowest common denominator in which you could roll out new products across your footprint,” Rutledge said.

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