For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – August 13, 2009 – announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), Cablevision System Corp. (CVC), Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), Verizon Communications (VZ) and AT&T (T).

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Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

DOCSIS 3.0 – The New Initiative

DOCSIS 3.0 (also called Wideband network) is a digital channel bonding technique that creates one larger and faster logical pipe to support throughput of at least 100 Mbit/second. With DOCSIS 3.0, cable operators are now able to offer one of the fastest Internet speeds available in the market.

Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), the largest MSO in the U.S., has announced that it will upgrade around 40 million homes and businesses of the company’s existing networks with next-generation super-fast wideband technology by the end of 2009. Cablevision System Corp. (CVC) is also increasingly deploying DOCSIS 3.0. Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) is also likely to follow suit in 2010.

As residential VoIP and HDTV services continue to grow, operators are dealing with increased network traffic driven by strong demand for video download and file sharing. This massive requirement for data transport has encouraged the cable operators seeking to improve their transport offerings.

Furthermore, the U.S. telecom giants are gradually expanding their fiber-optic networks to take the fight to the cable MSOs. Verizon Communications (VZ) with FiOS network and AT&T (T) with U-Verse network are likely to make the broader entertainment, information, and communications market highly competitive.

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