Another fuse

TV is exploding from more than one side. Or to look at it another way, convergence is happening from all sides, including the infrastructural. Cisco announces it is buying cable-box-maker Scientific Atlanta. the Journal says:

Cisco Systems Inc. agreed to purchase cable-television-technology concern Scientific-Atlanta Inc., paying $43 per share in a cash deal valued at about $6.9 billion that comes as equipment makers respond to evaporating lines between the Internet, television and telephone industries.

Long a cornerstone of big corporate and government data networks, Cisco is now pushing its products directly to consumers. It is doing that just as the nation’s big telephone companies begin rolling out fiber-optic systems to send television to homes using Internet technology.