from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A box or fixture in which the ends of an electric cable are fastened.


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  • Google is also set to own a cable-box maker after it acquires Motorola Mobility , although it remains unclear what Google plans to do with it.

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  • The big challenge, of course, is whether this will be enough to lure cable-company subscribers away from the convenience of monthly cable-box DVR rentals and billing, which require no upfront cost.

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  • Remember that the DVR didn't meet with widespread success until it was incorporated as a cable-box feature.

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  • It has raised debt only one other time in its history, when it used $6.5 billion in debt to acquire cable-box maker Scientific-Atlanta Inc. in 2006.

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  • The San Jose, Calif., company entered the home-wireless-networks sector by acquiring Linksys Group Inc. for $500 million in 2003, and in 2005 it paid $5.3 billion for cable-box maker Scientific-Atlanta Inc.

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  • Charter faced an earnings shortfall and prevailed on the cable-box makers to structure sales agreements in a way that Charter used to boost its reported cash flow.

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  • The picture also is mixed for the cable-box business, where profit margins could come under pressure from cable operators who want lower prices.

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  • But then Charter got "creative," immediately booking the advertising revenue from the cable-box makers while spreading out the cost of the premium over time.

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  • The two cable-box makers themselves booked no net gain from the way the transactions were structured and accounted for them properly on their own books.

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  • The world's largest router manufacturer made its biggest acquisition in several years last quarter, paying approximately $6.9 billion for cable-box maker Scientific-Atlanta in November.

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