The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Foundation announced that it had surpassed the $2.2 million mark in money raised to advance the capabilities of the cable telecommunications engineering workforce as part of its Advancing Cable Excellence (ACE) campaign. At a meeting of the SCTE Foundation Board Wednesday at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, the Foundation recognized more than a dozen new donors.
By demonstrating the ability to increase the traffic carrying capacity by 2.5 times, this trial showed how Comcast’s existing fiber network can scale to keep pace with the bandwidth demands of cloud computing, video, and multimedia applications, as well as data center connectivity.
Sony is hoping that providing sharable movie clips and extras like deleted scenes will prompt more people to buy digital movies. The initiative gives people who buy movies on Vudu the ability to share dozens of clips or pieces of behind-the-scenes footage on Facebook and Twitter. In each case, a link takes users to a website with the clip embedded.
Pace is buying Aurora Networks for $310 million, a deal that will combine the former’s set-top and gateway business with the latter’s fiber access network portfolio. Pace said it intends to maintain the Aurora brand, and keep Aurora’s current management team in place after the acquisition.
Tony Werner, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Comcast Cable, will serve as the program committee chairman for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo next year. Cable-Tec 2014 will be September 23-26, in Denver. Werner will drive the development of educational content that will accelerate the deployment of next-generation products and services for Cable-Tec Expo 2014.
The final panel of the opening general session at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo wasn’t so much about getting down to the brass tacks of cable technology, but more about giving attendees tips that they could take back to their respective jobs. Part and parcel of creating a more nimble cable dynamic is providing employees, including field technicians, the proper tools to succeed, which in turn made them happier workers.
Apple is refreshing its iPad lineup and slashing the price of its Mac computers ahead of the holiday shopping season, as it faces an eroding tablet market share and growing competition from rival gadget makers. Apple unveiled a new, thinner, lighter tablet called the "iPad Air" along with a slew of new Macs.
Arris announced a set of new business deals, including orders for its edge routers from both GCI and WOW, and a purchase of a range of headend equipment from Netia in Poland. GCI has already deployed the Arris E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) to enable faster content delivery speeds and greater network coverage throughout Alaska.
The SCTE presented the Excellence in Standards Award to This Technology's Brian Santangelo for his work on the SCTE’s 130 standard that enables dynamic ad insertion in VOD, and the Chairman’s Award to Jim Hughes, senior vice president, worldwide broadband sales at CommScope.
The Reference Design Kit (RDK) is living up to its goal of service velocity by cutting down the development cycles for set-top boxes and gateways from years to months. The RDK allows all of the interested parties to develop once and then scale across multiple environments – in the CableCard/QAM/MEPG-2 world of today, as well as in the IP environment of tomorrow.
On Monday, CableLabs, the SCTE, and several of the MSOs helping to lead the development of DOCSIS 3.1 conducted a symposium on the nearly-finished specification. These are some of the key moments from the day-long event, with Jeff Finkelstein of Cox, Howard Pfeffer of Time Warner Cable, and Daniel Howard of the SCTE.
CableLabs' Matthew Schmitt provides a status update on the DOCSIS 3.1 specification, what's in the spec, and the benefits that will accrue to cable operators as they phase in the next generation of IP-based broadband technology. Live from Cable-Tec Expo.
Last year when CableLabs announced DOCSIS 3.1 it vowed to have the specifications published by the end of this year. Through a Herculean effort by vendors, cable operators and other interested partners, the 3.1 specifications will be published at the end of this month.
AT&T U-verse has extended the availability of live TV channels to Android devices. Twenty of those 100 channels are available for viewing outside the home. Those same 100 channels are also available for home viewing through AT&T’s Uverse.com web portal.
Communications equipment maker Tellabs has agreed to be acquired for $891 million by investment firm Marlin Equity Partners. The deal calls for Marlin to buy all of Tellabs shares for $2.45 each. The deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter.