In 2014, CED will celebrate its 40th year covering... well, an expanding universe of things. Forty years ago, CED had a tidy little focus covering the infant cable TV business, but in the intervening decades, cable companies moved into telephony and Internet access and business services and wireless connectivity and home automation and more. CED has been there all along, chronicling the evolution of cable MSOs and phone carriers and satellite broadcasters into vast communications competitors.
In an effort to promote budding broadband-based home management services, HGI and the Broadband Forum are proposing what they’re calling a “universal template” to facilitate interoperability among home devices and smart home applications. The key to the idea is a logical abstraction layer that would be used to provide smart home services to broadband consumers.
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has contracted with Fujitsu to be the system integrator for its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project. The network will end up being used not only for Internet access, voice over IP, and eventually video services, but also for a Smart Grid project that KCEC has planned.
Bright House Networks has jumped into the residential 1 Gigabit arena with an EPON-based fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service that will launch this summer in three Tampa Bay housing developments. Bright House Networks partnered with Florida developer Metro Development Group (MDG) and The Broadband Group for a greenfield deployment of a symmetrical 1 Gbps service to the homeowners.
CED’s readers participate in what has become one of the most dynamic markets the world has ever seen. Technologies are being introduced and are evolving at break-neck speeds. Everybody has their fingers in everyone else’s pies. Competitors pop up, fall by the wayside, morph into allies. Nothing is nailed down, everything is in flux, from advertising to regulations to how to talk to subscribers. These are the trends, technologies, companies, and people that are defining the industry today and can be expected to leave their marks on 2014.
Neil Smit, president & CEO, Comcast Cable and Patty McCaskill, senior vice president & chief programming officer, Suddenlink Communications, were announced as this year’s recipients of the cable industry’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. Other Vanguard honorees include Cablevision's Yvette Kanouff, TWCBC's Phil Meeks, and Mediacom's John Pascarelli.
The system is built on SeaChange’s Adrenalin multi-screen platform. Other vendors and the technology they contributed included SF Anytime content, Harmonic transcoding, Edgeware streaming and storage, ATES single sign-on, Conax conditional access, Cubiware set-top client, and Intek set-tops.
MNO adoption of small cell technology will create a substantial new revenue opportunity available to cable MSOs and satellite providers to provide even more cellular backhaul support. According to a survey sponsored by Amdocs, 70 percent of MNOs globally are prepared to also use small cell networks rolled out by or owned by a third-party.
Liberty Global-owned Unitymedia Kabel has deployed Arris’ E6000 converged edge router en route to offering its customers a 1 Gbps service. The customer win has the potential of getting the E6000 into Liberty Global’s additional cable operations in the 13 other countries across its European footprint.
WaveDivision Holdings, the parent company of Wave Broadband, announced this morning that it had bought fiber optics provider Capacity Provisioning Incorporated (CPI) for an undisclosed sum. The deal provided Wave with a business services unit to compliment the residential services that it has been providing to consumers in CPI’s footprint for more than a decade.
RST Fiber is laying claim to being the first privately-owned company in the nation to fire up a 100-gigabit backbone network using carrier-grade IPv6. The 3,100-mile underground network, which is supplemented by Wi-Fi, stretches across RST Fiber’s home state of North Carolina.
The reports have been fueled by Comcast’s recent acquisition of FreeWheel, which specializes in delivering ads in streaming content. Of course that would be helpful with Comcast’s current multi-screen delivery services, but it could just as easily be for a channel providing mostly short-form video, a la YouTube.
Bright House Networks and Fujitsu teamed up to trial the vendor’s 400 G technology over a live network. The backbone trial was Fujitsu’s first 400G outing with a cable operator. Once the 400G trial was completed, an error-free rate of 800G was also attempted and achieved.
The Cable Center unveiled the members of its 2014 Cable Hall of Fame Honorary Committee this morning. The committee members will serve as the official ambassadors for the upcoming Cable Hall of Fame event at The Cable Show and The Cable Center in Denver.
Comcast has cut a deal to sell content from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which gives Comcast the right to sell Sony movies and TV Series. In an intriguing twist, that deal gives Comcast the rights to sell the first season of “House of Cards” – the show that helped turn Netflix into a prominent programmer, on par with traditional cable networks.