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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Upfront: Net Neutrality | White Spaces | 4K @ CES | Charter - TWC

February 11, 2014 8:28 pm | by CED | Comments

Charter’s $61B bid for TWC goes public -– and nasty | Appeals Court knocks down net neutrality rules | 4K takes center stage at CES | Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system | A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has authority to create rules to guide the behavior of broadband providers, but its rationale for imposing some key rules regarding network neutrality were built on a weak legal foundation.

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Fearless Predictions for 2014

February 11, 2014 8:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

"The Internet of Everything"? Some of the greatest marketers of the age got together and came up with a phrase only slightly less awkward than twerking. They’re amazing in that sort of so not-amazing-at-all way that you have to sort of admire them.

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New Products: Triveni, ThinkAnalytics, Pasternack

February 11, 2014 7:57 pm | by CED | Comments

Triveni, Digital Alert team up on M-EAS | ThinkAnalytics expands recommendations capabilities | Pasternack bows new line of  dividers. Triveni Digital recently announced that Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS) functionality is now available for its metadata generation system.

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Open Mic: Moving us forward, faster, further

February 11, 2014 7:52 pm | by Matthew Zelesko, SVP, Converged Technology Group, Time Warner Cable | Comments

We are facing several technology transitions – the transition to IP-based video delivery, the transition of storage from the home to the cloud, and the transition of navigation from the home to the cloud.  And the RDK is a key enabler of those transitions, creating a common platform that provides the foundation for those capabilities.

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Memory Lane: A broadband alternative heats up

February 11, 2014 7:35 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Comments

In the fall of 1948, when the FCC took a breather to think carefully about how to orchestrate the development of TV broadcasting, the commission couldn’t have dreamed it would be influencing the development of broadband Internet access. But the decisions it made have done just that.

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In Perspective: Diminishing returns

February 11, 2014 7:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Targeted advertising? Consider recommendation engines. No matter how sophisticated your slice-and-dice process, there are only so many things to recommend, and ultimately you’re left with 50 paths to “Surf Nazis Must Die.” The process works, but only to a point.

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Engineering-wise: Prepping tomorrow's workforce today

February 11, 2014 7:20 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President and CEO of the SCTE | Comments

Whether workers are customer-facing or in behind-the-scenes operational capacities, our programs are intended to provide the education that will make them well-versed in technology and savvy about the industry in which they work. Operators are seeing the value.

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Ciciora’s Corner: Failure

February 11, 2014 7:17 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Comments

Failure stings engineers and technologists a lot less than other folks. That’s because we experience it as part of our work and we expect it in at least small measures. Non-technical folks are devastated by failure; they don’t know how to handle it. Technical folks aren’t happy about failure, but see it as a learning opportunity.

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Capital Currents: TV Broadcasting – The Next Generation

February 11, 2014 7:07 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

The emerging picture of ATSC 3.0 resembles a combination of ATSC 2.0 and DVB-T2, and if that's the case, U.S. broadcasting is looking at a significant chicken-and-egg problem. Consumers will have to buy new TVs, and broadcasters will have to switch to a new broadcasting system, but nobody will make a move unless someone else goes first.

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CED’s 2013 Pacesetter Awards

December 6, 2013 3:42 pm | by CED | Comments

For the ninth time, CED honored luminaries in the cable industry with its Pacesetter Awards. This year’s edition was held in October at the Omni Hotel next to the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta. This year's recipients are pacesetting engineers from Time Warner Cable, Columbus Communications, Virgin Media, and Cable One. 

Cable-Tec Expo 2013 Round-Up: What’s Up, DOCSIS?

December 4, 2013 8:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor in Chief, and Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

Members of the gang that helped create CCAP and DOCSIS 3.1 have already moved on to the next thing. Ready for digital forward links, remote PHY, and the next next-generation architecture network (N2GAN)? Also, updates on the Reference Developer Kit and the Converged Cable Access Platform, and more.

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Women in Technology winner 2013: Stephanie Mitchko-Beale

December 4, 2013 7:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Stephanie Mitchko-Beale, senior vice president of video infrastructure software at Cablevision Systems, has led engineering teams that helped establish Cablevision’s high-speed data product, built support systems for video on demand, and worked on the company’s ground-breaking network DVR (nDVR) services, helping Cablevision win several technical Emmy's along the way.

What’s next for DOCSIS: Modulation options and impacts in HFC networks: COFDM and low-density parity check, Part 2

December 4, 2013 7:16 pm | by Brady Volpe and Conrad L. Young | Comments

Many wonder how today’s HFC networks will support high order modulations such as 4096-QAM. There are two technologies in the DOCSIS 3.1 specification that will enable this. One is Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (COFDM) and the other low-density parity-check (LDPC) forward error correction. LDPC is the “C” (coded) part in COFDM. 

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Solving the Friday night deluge

December 3, 2013 8:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The reactions to Netflix have varied throughout the cable industry. Some are irritated by a competitor highjacking their broadband pipes for free. Others see Netflix augmenting the value of their broadband product or as a complement or add-on to their own video services. Both can be true.

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Home Networking: Cloud DVR has got next

December 3, 2013 7:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Aside from the demand for video more content “anytime, anywhere, on any device,” broadband penetration and the migration to IP are also terraforming the home networking landscape. One area that is emerging is cloud DVR, which allows subscribers to store content from their DVRs in the cloud, or more accurately, in data centers.

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