The DVD can play (and in certain models, record) video on a disk that is the same size and appearance as a CD-ROM. This new device can hold a complete movie in digital form. It is expected that DVDs will be sold as stand-alone consumer devices, as well as ancillary computer devices to be used like CD-ROM players.
So am I going to suggest you start reading novels and "great literature?" No, not at all. I'm going to sneak up on that proposal and suggest instead that you read material that deals with the history of our industry and related industries and the biographies of some of its pioneers. CED told me I could write about anything I wished.
Will widespread availability of internet access over analog phone lines at twice today's speeds dent the market appeal of high-speed access over cable? It's a question that has been raised by some strategists in the broadband domain in the wake of news that manufacturers of analog modems and chipsets are bringing 56 kilobit-per-second units to market, starting as early as this month.
With that controversy out of the way, we can move to the next one: Should low-power TV (LPTV) stations get digital channels? In my opinion, the only controversy is whether the answer is "no" or "of course not." But the LPTV broadcasters are mounting a lobbying campaign in Washington, trying to get a different answer out of the FCC.
It's a dark and chilly morning outside, but Dave Fellows is already awake and out of bed, lacing up his running shoes, as he prepares to hit the streets of Beverly, Mass. It's been a long time since Fellows ran competitively, but taking on a sedentary lifestyle is unthinkable. For the quiet Fellows is driven to win, whether it's in sports or his professional life, and working out keeps him in g...
Despite the absence of a cable modem standard, and the fact that many of their systems aren't two-way ready, Canada's major cable companies launched a nationally-branded Internet Service Provider (ISP) product called "WAVE" and announced it in November. In many ways, WAVE appears to be utterly groundbreaking.
When you think about it, reflection, perspective and proper planning are key factors in many aspects of our lives. This is true in many facets of telecommunications, whether it's planning for product roll-outs, setting the framework for the introduction of new services, overhauling existing systems to enhance connectivity and implement new applications or, from a local government's perspective,...
By now, most people are aware of the blood-letting that took place last month: 2,600 workers — nearly seven percent of the company's workforce — were given pink slips as the company slashed its costs. The cuts hit the local systems hard, but the corporate headquarters wasn't spared, either.
As the new year gets underway, a fair number of the technology, new service and roll-out predictions of 1996 have fallen to the wayside. Whether it's financial woes, technical glitches or regulatory hassles, the converging telecommunications nirvana has not quite lived up to its hype...again. A good deal of the resulting frustration can probably be laid at the door of one T.
Amidst all the hype and hoopla about new broadband services swirling around the industry these past few years, there's been a small, but vital, revolution taking place in the back rooms and back offices of the industry. It hasn't received as many headlines as cable modems, interactive TV or telephony.
Once considered little more than a technical curiosity by some engineers, it now appears that backup electrical power from high-speed flywheel technology could be a viable option for telecommunications network providers within the next 12 to 18 months. After more than a year of development, Cambridge, Mass.
Now the telephone industry has raised a new complaint—Internet subscribers are screwing up telephone networks because the networks weren't designed for Internet connections. Phone companies just can't get it through their monopoly mindset that when customer demand patterns change, the service has to change.
This is exactly the kind of thinking that has some of the RBOCs, unable to keep up with increased demand for more lines, cellular and other services, in trouble with local utility commissions. Specifically, Pacific Telesis, US West and Bell Atlantic are pointing to a new Bellcore study that says the increasing popularity of the Internet is clogging the nation's telephone lines, making it much m...
"Return Systems 101" (see CED, August 1995, p.66) opened with the theme, "Everything Old is New Again." This article could be paraphrased as "what goes around, comes around." As more networks are being activated with operational two-way signal flow, more questions and ideas surface. Some questions are new and need answers.
Addressing industry demands for more efficient bandwidth utilization and building on its experience with 64 QAM transmission over cable, General Instrument has developed a 256 QAM transmission system that provides far more efficient use of cable system bandwidth and expands channel capacity. This expanded channel capacity results in a 44 percent increase in information rate and a 50 percent inc...