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Business Wi-Fi Everywhere

August 13, 2014 | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Wi-Fi has become the wireless play that cable operators have long yearned for, and it doesn’t require the costly build out of LTE networks or flaky partnerships that ultimately failed. From homes, to stadiums, to trains, to metro areas with heavy foot traffic, Wi-Fi has been a shining star.

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Delivering Profitable Multi-screen: What You Need to Know About Manifest Manipulation

August 13, 2014 12:17 am | by Duncan Potter, product and regional marketing, Arris | Comments

How are service providers solving the challenge of making multiscreen profitable? Manifest manipulation enables you to better control, scale and monetize pay TV on multiple screens, particularly when it comes to targeted ad insertion and content substitution.

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Engagement Driving A Resurgence In Multi-Screen Advertising

August 12, 2014 11:45 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | Comments

Multi-screen delivery apparently leads to deeper engagement with viewers. Service providers might have expected that’s putting the cart ahead of the horse, but it’s turning out that viewer engagement is the factor that’s inspiring advertisers to shift ad dollars to second and third screens.

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Resolving Transport Stream Errors in 10GigE Infrastructure

August 12, 2014 11:37 pm | by Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing, Triveni Digital | Comments

Cable operators are transitioning to a 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking infrastructure. However, the complexity of this new environment creates a challenge for operators trying to quickly and cost-effectively reduce, locate, and eliminate transport stream errors.

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The leaders in leading in the lede

August 12, 2014 11:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In Perspective: I am here to ask for the curtailment – if not the total cessation – of a particularly pernicious practice that has taken over the public relations industry in the last three years. It’s leading in the lede, like so: “TecTronTelVision, a leader in blah blah blah…”

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Channeling cable’s past

August 12, 2014 11:18 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Comments

Memory Lane: The long warfare between the cable and broadcast television industries obscures a fundamental consensus. Cable providers have always embraced a mainstay of the broadcasting world: the concept of a TV “channel.”

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Life After CableCard: It’s so Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

August 12, 2014 11:16 pm | by John Carlucci, CTO, Alticast U.S. operations | Comments

Open Mic: The FCC has recommended striking the “integration ban” portion of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Given the success that Cablevision and Charter have had getting the necessary waivers to sidestep the ban, it’s not unrealistic to hope for a change.

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Connecting the dots to learning and leadership at Expo

August 12, 2014 11:06 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President & CEO, SCTE | Comments

Engineering-Wise: Lindsay Johnston joined us earlier this year as SVP, operations. She’s taken on a variety of responsibilities – our new Corporate Alliance Program (CAP), SCTE organizational leadership and industry ambassadorship, among others – with a gusto that gets results.

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The Second Machine Age

August 12, 2014 11:02 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Comments

Ciciora's Corner: What’s really impressive to me is how fortunate we are to be living at this time. A mere couple of hundred years ago, we’d almost all be farmers coming from a long line of farmers (with a very few of us being nobility, living off of the hard work of the farmers).

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The Continuing Evolution of Video Codecs

July 1, 2014 6:39 pm | by Stephen Wright, Software Architect, Openwave Mobility | Comments

The current dominant codec for Internet video is H.264, but there are influential companies dedicated to alternatives. With the advent of 4K (aka Ultra HD), new codecs will be useful. H.265 (aka HEVC) and VP9 could split the market, and another approach from Mozilla, called Daala, may prove to be a wild card.

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Vendor CTOs: abstract expressionism

June 27, 2014 12:31 am | Comments

If you want to know what is going on in technology, from macro trends to specific innovations, and how they interrelate, CTOs are the people to talk to. Thexton, Ferris, Reynolds, Carlucci, and Brockman on the joys of virtualization, the cloud, and software defined networking.

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2014 CTO Roundtable cuts a wide swath across the industry

June 26, 2014 11:51 pm | 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.

10G Ethernet is here to stay; demand for 100G increases

June 26, 2014 8:52 pm | by Julia McGrath, senior vice president, chief strategy officer, Lightpath | Comments

Give businesses a big data pipe and they’ll find a way to fill it. No sooner did many of our customers cross the 1 gigabit threshold and they start getting hungry for even more bandwidth. In fact, sales of 10G Ethernet lines to our customers nearly doubled in 2013 versus the year prior.

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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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