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Fighting For The Money

September 30, 2008 8:40 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

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...


3-D In The Home

September 30, 2008 8:35 pm | by Traci Patterson, Web/News Editor | Comments

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...

Home Networking: Multi-Room Strategies

September 30, 2008 8:30 pm | by Jim Barthold | Comments

It wasn’t surprising when the cable industry crowned Silicon Image’s “next generation of digital connectivity” the best product idea at CableLabs’ summer Innovation Showcase. The concept promises something every cable operator desires...


GPON Deployments by Cable Operators

September 30, 2008 8:25 pm | by David Russell, Solutions Marketing Director at Calix | Comments

Over the past year, worldwide gigabit passive optical network (GPON) deployments have increased seven-fold, according to market research firm Dell’Oro Group. Today, hundreds of service providers across North America are deploying GPON for residential and business applications.


IN PERSPECTIVE: Oktoberfest and Convergence

September 30, 2008 8:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

There are two minor differences between IBC and Oktoberfest, and one major one. On the minor side, September isn’t, technically, Oktober. Also, at IBC, you had to wait nearly all day, until after 4:00 p.m., for the alcohol to start flowing in earnest in most of the booths that had it...

MEMORY LANE: House call

September 30, 2008 8:15 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Englewood, Colo. | Comments

As Americans bought up millions of television sets during the early boom years of the medium, an iconic figure sprang to life: the TV repairman. When the living room TV produced only a meek flicker of light or failed to register life at all, the call went out to the local repair specialist...


September 30, 2008 8:10 pm | by Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D., Recognized Industry Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

I have had a “smart phone” with the portable form of Windows for a couple of years. It was one of the dumbest pieces of technology I’ve ever owned (not necessarily because of the Windows). It came highly recommended, but I couldn’t get much help in getting it to do what was promised.

CAPITAL CURRENTS: Sticks and stones may break my bones…

September 30, 2008 8:05 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

Reading through the FCC’s decision on the complaint against Comcast’s network management practices, you come away with the following conclusions: Comcast is a liar, a cheat, and has bad breath. The document is 30 pages of name calling.


Canoe: Wanting to be just like the Web

August 31, 2008 8:45 pm | by Michael Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

The Internet has been leeching ad revenues from cable operators, but that should change once Canoe Ventures, with the help of tru2way and additional standards and specifications, is fully operational.

The greening of the network

August 31, 2008 8:40 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

If there’s anything that generates warm fuzzies amongst one’s Prius-driving, shade-grown coffee sipping, backyard composting constituencies these days, it’s the liberal application of the word “green” through one’s public relations materials.

The digital media distribution alternative

August 31, 2008 8:35 pm | by Tony Lapolito, Vice Presidentof Marketing, Signiant | Comments

TiVo and the Internet have changed our media viewing habits and how we want to be entertained. Consumers are demanding choice and convenience, and media and entertainment executives have subsequently adopted an “any content, anywhere, anytime and on any device” approach.


Protecting earlier window content

August 31, 2008 8:30 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

As release windows shrink for theatrical movies and higher value content during their journey to DVDs, VOD, mobile devices and the Internet, the need for new business models and a heightened awareness of just how to protect, and monetize, valuable content assets is intensifying.

INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands

August 31, 2008 8:25 pm | Comments

BELGIUM: Belgacom – Largest telecom; offers IPTV, VOD, broadband, VoIP, and fixed and mobile telephony services; 1.2 million DSL subs; 305,320 IPTV subs... GERMANY: Arcor – Offers VOD, broadband and telephony services; 2.6 million broadband subs; 1.3 million fixed line subs... THE NETHERLANDS: @Home – 1.8 million cable TV subs; 1.2 million broadband subs; 450,000 fixed lines in service.

IN PERSPECTIVE: Fairy tales for execs

August 31, 2008 8:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

Hirelings can spend money on TV ads and justify their actions, or they can spend money on the Web and hand their bosses spreadsheets filled with precise click counts.

MEMORY LANE: A copycat development

August 31, 2008 8:15 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Englewood, Colo. | Comments

During Time Warner Cable’s second-quarter earnings conference call, President and CEO Glenn Britt was presented with a puzzling question: how could Time Warner Cable favor the idea of a “network DVR” – a centralized digital video recorder shared by cable customers...


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