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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.

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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.

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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