Jeff Baumgartner reports today that Comcast is ready to start deploying switched digital video in the Philadelphia market using Motorola technology. After stalling out back in 2008, SDV has made a comeback in recent months. In June, Motorola announced an SDV rollout with Charter Communications, and Charter says it plans to have SDV in 60% of its footprint by the end of the year. Comcast, meanwhile, has had Motorola technology at the ready since October 2007. However, the cable operator put switched digital video on the back burner in 2008 in order to focus on DTA deployments. Returning to SDV now, Comcast plans to start rollouts in 2010, with broader deployments in 2011 and 2012.
Interestingly, Jeff points in his article to the idea that Comcast could use switched digital technology for 3D content, and as a way to migrate to IP delivery. In the short term, Comcast has said it wants to free up enough bandwidth to offer more than 150 HD channels.