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2014 CTO Roundtable cuts a wide swath across the industry

June 26, 2014 | by Mike Robuck | Comments

This year’s roundtable is chock full of the cable industry’s hot topics and trends from the CTOs that are the movers and shakers across the cable landscape. Werner, LaJoie, Hart, Nair, Kanouff, Jensen, and Brown on where Gigasphere, CCAP, Wi-Fi and other innovative technologies are heading.

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Making the Right Connections for Fiber-to-the-Home Deployment

June 26, 2014 11:30 pm | by Cheryl Liu, 3M Communication Markets Division | Comments

With continuing demand for high-bandwidth services and new players entering the market, service providers large and small are revitalizing efforts to pull fiber optics all the way to the doorsteps of individual subscribers. The drop cable connection serves as a key component in FTTH networks.

New Products: Envivio, RGB Networks

June 26, 2014 8:45 pm | by CED | Comments

Envivio introduced a new multiprocessor software approach for real-time 4K Ultra HD HEVC (H.265) compression using its Muse encoding software. | RGB Networks recently launched its CloudXstream ad insertion for multi-screen (AIM) and network DVR.

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Google Fiber’s greatest success -- In Perspective

June 25, 2014 9:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Google’s biggest success was getting customers to redline themselves, while inducing cities that want Google Fiber to compete with each other to see who will go farthest to weaken and/or jettison regulations that involve providing services, and building and operating infrastructure.

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Investment opportunity -- Memory Lane

June 25, 2014 9:09 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Comments

The fair disclosure law propelled the streaming media marketplace. For the first time, a ready source of funds was available and eager to flow toward a nascent medium that had struggled to find a working monetization model. Corporate America was about to inject serious money into a media delivery platform that badly needed funding.

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Are MSOs Ready for Wi-Fi’s Challenges? -- Open Mic

June 25, 2014 9:04 pm | by Shimie Hortig, President of Amdocs Broadband, Cable and Satellite division | Comments

Open Mic: Cable operators believe that their expanded footprint, combined with these technological advances, will help them better control the data experience of their customers and maximize their return on investment (ROI), while providing the best quality of service (QoS). This means a more mobile and seamless experience.

Tuesdays with Terry -- Engineering-Wise

June 25, 2014 8:57 pm | by CED | Comments

Suddenlink CTO Terry Cordova was elected chairman of the SCTE Board of Directors at the end of 2013. We recently caught up with him for a Q&A. "We have large, complex networks that have evolved from stand-alone systems to centralized platforms riding on highly capable, efficient networks. Customers have high expectations that we must meet and exceed."

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Fifty Years

June 18, 2014 8:00 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Comments

Ciciora's Corner: I got a shocking call. I was asked if I would be willing to serve on my college class’ 50th anniversary celebration committee. What? Or as my pilot and ham radio friends would say: “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?" Fifty years! That cannot be! But it is! That brings back a flood of old memories.

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A rational way to deliver video description audio

June 18, 2014 7:52 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

Capital Currents: I’ve written before about the problems of delivering the video description audio track to legacy cable set-top boxes. Now the cable industry seems to have figured out how to transition to a more rational approach. We’ll see if broadcasters are willing to go along.

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Contributed feature: Thinking inside of the box with SDNs

June 12, 2014 3:19 pm | by Dave Martin, vice president of product management, Edgewater Networks | Comments

Network functions virtualization (NFV) is emerging as an alternative to traditional network design. Coupling NFV with a software defined networking (SDN) infrastructure can provide maximum flexibility and automation for MSOs' business service offerings.

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Online video: $5 billion worth of dirty little secrets

June 2, 2014 2:06 pm | by Chris Hock, senior vice president, business development and marketing, BlackArrow | Comments

While online video advertising continues a very aggressive and impressive growth trajectory, some folks are starting to dig in to what exactly they are getting with those impressions, and the story is not looking quite as rosy as perhaps everyone thought. (Contributed article.)

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Cable operators can cash in on international calls

May 22, 2014 5:35 pm | by Pete Pattullo, CEO, NetworkIP | Comments

An ILD platform solution offers cable TV operators the opportunity to increase their ILD revenues dramatically within months and to sustain that revenue growth over the long term. Further, the migration/integration process from the previous solution to the cloud-based platform requires only a few weeks to complete.

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Comcast uncoiling Viper across video services

March 26, 2014 6:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast started developing its organically grown Viper platform several years ago as a way to build a cloud-based, IP video infrastructure that would deliver live streams, full linear lineups, on-demand video, cloud DVR service and other digital video products and services to the full range of IP devices.

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A revolution in plant maintenance

March 26, 2014 5:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

DOCSIS 3.1 turns every single cable modem into a network probe that can be used to identify network impairments. The approach makes use of DOCSIS pre-equalization on the upstream. Different network impairments will have specific signatures that can be sifted out of the pre-equalization data. The technique not only identifies upstream problems, but it also locates them with gratifying precision.

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Mobile backhaul a pillar in TWCBC’s commercial services

March 26, 2014 5:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

One of the pistons driving the business services growth at Time Warner Cable Business Class is mobile backhaul. In this Q&A with CED, TWCBC's Thane Storck, group vice president, carrier services, spoke about the history of cellular backhaul, the state of the current market and more opportunities down the road.

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HEVC: Coming Soon to a Device Near You

March 26, 2014 3:19 pm | by Kanaan Jemili, SVP, Product Management, Rovi | Comments

Content producers don’t want to invest in the technology needed to create HEVC programming without a significant installed base of HEVC-capable playback devices. And hardware manufacturers don’t want to invest in HEVC players until there’s more HEVC content. One way to break the stalemate and drive adoption of HEVC is to go direct to consumers – to make available software that includes HEVC creation and playback support.

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