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Web Extras - August 2011

July 31, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

WEBINARS: Transcoding for TV Everywhere and Cable Wi-Fi – Enabling More Than Customer Retention; VIDEO: Check out CED’s Live From The Cable Show video showcase; DAILY NEWS & BLOGS & FACEBOOK.

Satisfaction as a Weapon

June 30, 2011 8:55 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

As the service packages offered by competing multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) come to resemble each other more and more, customer satisfaction is becoming an increasingly important variable in the competitive equation.

The 2011 Cable Show

June 30, 2011 8:50 pm | by CED staff | Comments

At the 2011 Cable Show in Chicago, TV Everywhere was seemingly everywhere, including in the cloud. And widgets are rapidly mutating into apps.

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CED Up Front - July 2011

June 30, 2011 8:45 pm | Comments

Cable’s long and winding broadband road; Examples of cable industry partnerships and adoption programs; CMAP is dead! Long live CCAP! The taxonomy of the cable show announcements; Nagra-Opentv’s Woidke tees up advertising.

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Video-grade Wi-Fi – A Requirement for TV Everywhere

June 30, 2011 8:35 pm | by Lior Weiss, Vice President of Marketing at Celeno Communications | Comments

Interestingly, a key element of the success of Wi-Fi – the use of a particular segment of unlicensed spectrum – is also its Achilles heel.

In Perspective - Cable’s Street Cred

June 30, 2011 8:30 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Will cable continue to be relevant?

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Memory Lane - Spotting an Opportunity

June 30, 2011 8:25 pm | by Stewart Schley Media & Technology Writer, Denver, Colo. | Comments

Since launching its on-demand service in 2003, Comcast alone has served more than 20 billion program streams, thanks to an underlying technology platform that marries digital video encoding, storage and delivery.

Open Mic - Tell me again: What is CCAP?

June 30, 2011 8:20 pm | by Jorge Salinger, Vice President of Access Architecture at Comcast | Comments

The updated technical report containing the additional operational modes, plus the use of a unique and agreed-upon name, is intended to positively outline how the same device can be used by various MSOs in different ways.

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Engineering-Wise - System Thinking

June 30, 2011 8:15 pm | by Daniel Howard, Senior Vice President of Engineering and CTO of The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers | Comments

The possibility is escalating that an engineer who is tasked with maintaining a single service on the network may inadvertently affect the performance of other services.

Capital Currents - The LTE Interference Issue

June 30, 2011 8:10 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

Now even greater risks are on the horizon, namely direct pickup and ingress interference caused by cellular phone companies and LTE mobile technology.

Web Extras - July 2011

June 30, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

CED’s Live From The Cable Show video showcase; Cable Wi-Fi – Enabling more than customer retention: July 21; Daily News & Blogs from CED Magazine.

Forecast Sunny for Cloud-Based Commercial Services

May 31, 2011 9:00 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

You know that cloud services, cloud computing or anything else “cloud” related have reached the saturation point when they start cropping up in ads for big box retail chains.

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The Birth of Cool

May 31, 2011 8:55 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

A video service needs two things... Quality content is one.  The second requirement: volume of content.

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CED Up Front - June 2011

May 31, 2011 8:50 pm | Comments

Look Back In Anga... First Quarter Earnings Wrap-Up... MSOs Do Well In Home, SME Satisfaction Survey... The Top Providers, In Order, By Category... Netflix Streaming Biggest Source Of Internet Traffic In N. Amer.

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The Fundamentals of Network Business Intelligence

May 31, 2011 8:45 pm | by Dave Caputo, Co-Founder and CEO of Sandvine | Comments

Internet penetration is reaching a saturation point in mature markets, especially in fixed access networks, so service providers cannot depend primarily on new subscribers as a source of revenue growth.

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