It would only be fair to say that we are truly experiencing some very interesting times in telecom. Convergence is driving a seismic shift in the market and we are witnessing well-established giants stumble as new powers rise to capitalize on new opportunities.
The complexity of the standards defining a “correct” cable DTV flow has made it difficult to perform effective monitoring and, in turn, ensure the customer’s viewing experience is not marred by visible or audible glitches.
Every year from 1999 to 2002, cable kept asking for, and getting, what amounted to one huge advance on its allowance after another. 2002 was when the adults in this equation – financial institutions – figuratively put their wallets back in their pockets.
Dick Green has been at the helm of CableLabs since its inception 20 years ago. Next year, he’ll move on. CED recently had a conversation with the only skipper CableLabs has ever had. In 1984, Dick Leghorn wrote a paper in which he laid out the rationale for cable operators to establish an R&D operation.
When it comes to video services, “good enough” isn’t good enough anymore. Consumers are comparing the quality of video when choosing their video service. Subscribers’ quality of experience (QoE) is a competitive issue.
Chuck Davis – owner and operator of TV Cable of Grayson County in Texas – has sent his subscribers information about the retrans issue and how it could affect their bills, a letter that subs can send to the FCC in support of abolishing the fees, and a postcard that subs can send to their local Congressional leader to ask for their support.
The intense competition for residential and business video, voice and high-speed Internet services is forcing MSOs to look for new revenue-generating engines. The result? MSOs are re-evaluating their next generation of services and the networks required to sustain them for the long run.
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The pitch session for the 1952 motion picture “Bwana Devil” must have been priceless: “It’s more than just a movie about man-eating lions,” the film’s eager promoter might have breathlessly explained. “It’s a movie about man-eating lions . . . in 3-D!”
One of the greatest challenges MSOs face in their migration to next-generation residential and business services is the need to meet unprecedented network performance requirements at reasonable costs with minimum disruption to customers when problems occur.
3-D seems to have finally come of age for digital cinema; all of the technologies have finally matured ... it’s no longer a gimmick. Now that HDTV is widely deployed, we might well ask, “What’s the next revolution in video?”
In July, I had the opportunity to observe the FCC’s “white space” tests and the severe direct pickup interference to cable TV reception that occurred. This creates a new challenge for the 120 million TVs that are directly connected to cable with a set-top box.
In addition to the article from Mixed Signals, we have two others exclusively on the Web that will provide more critical viewpoints on network monitoring.
The ability to respond quickly to rapidly changing consumer demands and competitive threats in the world of triple and quadruple plays and complex promotional packages, while simultaneously crafting marketing messages that resonate with consumers...
The modest reviews and returns for the remake of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” notwithstanding, film studios and broadcasters across the globe are enthusiastic about three-dimensional (3-D) content. There’s a wave of 3-D coming, people want it in their homes...