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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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

The Evolution of Residential Gateways

May 31, 2011 8:40 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

“A residential gateway is a home networking device used to enable the consumption of any content, on any device, in any place, at any time.”

In Perspective - The Value Divide

May 31, 2011 8:35 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

The potential problem is creating yet another digital divide, this one between “high-value” and “low-value” customers.

Memory Lane - Walk This Way

May 31, 2011 8:30 pm | by Stewart Schley Media & technology writer, Denver, Colo. | Comments

It didn’t hurt that a Japanese executive named Akio Morita happened to have a fondness for opera, a habit of flying across the Pacific on business trips and the control of a multi-billion-dollar global consumer electronics company called Sony.

Ciciora's Corner - Digital Dementia

May 31, 2011 8:25 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert On Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

It is no longer possible to drink and watch TV. You have to be sober to be able to use the remotes!

Open Mic - Cable Leads the Way On IPv6 Transition

May 31, 2011 8:20 pm | by William Check, Senior Vice President of Science & Technology, and Chief Technology Officer at the NCTA | Comments

What is the IPv6 transition? The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) – the coordinating body that manages the worldwide distribution of IP addresses – announced earlier this year that it had run out of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses.

Engineering Wise - The Road to Expo and Beyond

May 31, 2011 8:15 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President and CEO of SCTE | Comments

Even though we’re five months from the hubbub of a week of Expo-related activity, there’s a distinctive feeling that the technology community is starting to coalesce around the event.


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