Cable-Tec Expo saw the introduction of a handful of ultra-dense QAMs and CMTSs (the better to CMAP you with, my dear) and more ways for cable operators to integrate multiple sources of content and applications (social networking, over the top, content delivery networks). And, of course, almost everywhere that attendees turned there was everybody’s favorite new toy – a tablet computer (remote access, mobility).
Home networking has come a long way. What started as a means of sharing a broadband connection (first-generation home networking) quickly became a data network for connecting computers and sharing peripherals (second-generation home networking).
As we barrel toward the end of the year, it’s time to take a brief breather and look back at a very interesting year, not all of it good for everybody, but undeniably interesting, especially for – lest we forget about them – viewers.
The idea behind the improbable pairing of a geeky software giant and an obsessive community of video game developers was never about television, and it certainly had nothing to do with Netflix or ESPN.
We see this kind of relationship in the cable industry between cable operators and program suppliers. Mostly we share the same goals, but we part company when programming is made available to competitors – or when programmers become competitors.
The increase of broadband bandwidth availability and the development of Internet-connected devices has led to a change in viewing habits.
With SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2010 in the rear-view mirror, it would seem that our recent New Orleans event would be a logical place to start any discussion of cable networks and technological evolution and the realization of new business opportunities.
The fallout from that FCC decision may cause a huge default in the federal broadband stimulus funding, resulting in a big political mess. And besides, we can’t be sure those particular funds were really going to unserved areas.
Webinars: 1) Gearing Up - Join us on Dec. 9 for an introduction to and explanation of the new test and measurement techniques required... 2) What's Next for CMAP - New Specifications and Product Development - The cable industry is seeking ways to increase port density... Live from Cable-Tec Expo: CED reports live from the show.
Cablevision made an offer early this afternoon.
SCTE CABLE-TEC 2010 - October 20-22, 2010 - New Orleans, LA - CED's Show Daily Coverage
It has been a busy year for cable operators for whole-home DVR rollouts. Cable has been slow to follow in the footsteps of other service providers – such as AT&T and Verizon, both of whom bowed their services in 2008 – but this year the tide has started to turn for cable operators
There is now a sort of perpetual feedback loop in which consumers demand more broadband services, and demand that access be available in more places, which encourages consumer electronics manufacturers to create more electronics devices leveraging Wi-Fi connectivity, which leads developers to generate more mobile applications, which inspires more consumer demand.
Long gone is the one-size-fits-all model once embraced by cable, telecom and wireless service providers. The new model must now track fickle and demanding consumer behavior being driven by new-era digital technology and the dizzying pace of anytime, anywhere connectivity and content.
Multiple system operators offering services for business enterprises and wireless backhaul over Ethernet networks face intense competition from telecom service providers. The telcos have a long history of providing network solutions for businesses – from small to very large.