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Web Extras - June 2009

May 31, 2009 8:00 pm | Comments

5 Ways to Optimize ROI in QoS/QoE Monitoring Systems... Critical Impact: Delivering Comprehensive Business Services to Advanced SMBs... Time-Shifting: Optimizing Bandwidth for New On-Demand TV Applications.

Five ways to optimize the ROI in QoS/QoE monitoring systems

May 31, 2009 8:00 pm | by Steve Liu, Vice President of product management and business development for Mixed Signals | Comments

Cable operators and IPTV providers have recognized the importance of having comprehensive video service monitoring coverage. In fact, many have been buying quality of service (QoS) or quality of experience (QoE) monitoring systems to augment traditional (video wall) practices to improve video service quality...

Cable spanning the globe

April 30, 2009 8:45 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

While cable operators in North America are gearing up for interactive TV, addressable advertising and the move to all digital, their counterparts abroad are tinkering away on their own respective projects.


DOCSIS VIDEO - Cable’s online video opportunity

April 30, 2009 8:40 pm | by Buddy Snow, senior director of solutions marketing, Motorola Home & Networks Mobility | Comments

Where online video once meant YouTube, 2008 marked the year when professionally produced TV arrived on the Web in a big way. The major networks all have a significant online presence, and traffic at Hulu (owned by Fox and NBC) has soared, with more than 241 million videos viewed on the site in December 2008 alone.


THE CABLE SHOW - Finding direction in D.C.

April 30, 2009 8:35 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor; Jim Barthold and Jeffrey Krauss, Contributing Editors; and Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

Though the cherry blossoms were in bloom in Washington, D.C., the reason for plunking Cable Connection Spring down in the nation’s capital was something short of aesthetic: The show was a big lobbying tool. By the count of one NCTA mole, well over 200 members of Congress had accepted invitations to tour the show and learn about the cable industry first-hand – many for the first time ever.

IN PERSPECTIVE: Too clever by half

April 30, 2009 8:30 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

By The Cable Show, Time Warner Cable was already coming under fire for its intent to expand its usage billing tests. CEO Glenn Britt explained that bandwidth is not free, and so it’s reasonable for cable to charge for usage.

MEMORY LANE: Reversal of fiber

April 30, 2009 8:25 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technologywriter, Denver, Colo. | Comments

In the annals of cable telecommunications, Alameda, Calif. owns a unique status: It was the site of the first large-scale deployment of a cable network using fiber-optic lines to transmit video signals.


Open Mic: What’s good for business

April 30, 2009 8:20 pm | by Char Beales, President and CEO of CTAM | Comments

Sometime next year, a new inflection point will get marked down in cable’s books: A cable company will top the $1 billion mark for business services revenue.


CAPITAL CURRENTS: Mobile Satellite Service: Back from the dead?

April 30, 2009 8:15 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

BSS and FSS have allocated spectrum that is above 3 GHz, while MSS spectrum is below 3 GHz. BSS and FSS business models have been characterized by high demand and plenty of capital, while MSS business models have been characterized by bankruptcies and FCC applications that were never constructed.

Web Extras - May 2009

April 30, 2009 8:05 pm | Comments

Suddenlink Communications launched VOD service in nearly two dozen markets recently, using open-standards software from one equipment vendor in a centralized location to control the remote video servers of a different equipment vendor.

Suddenlink and SeaChange pull off cable first

April 30, 2009 8:00 pm | Comments

Across a vast territory extending from Eastern Louisiana to the Western reaches of Texas, Suddenlink Communications is making cable history with a huge assist from SeaChange International.


CTO Roundtable: Preparing for a dynamic future

March 31, 2009 9:00 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

This year, the MSO chief technology officers joining us are Chris Bowick of Cox Communications, Marwan Fawaz of Charter Communications and Mike LaJoie of Time Warner Cable. The interview was assembled from live interviews and written comments and edited for length (mostly the long-winded questions).


HOME NETWORKING: Home is where the network is

March 31, 2009 8:55 pm | by Jim Barthold, Contributing Editor | Comments

Phone companies know home networking. They also know that there’s no single route running over a single type of infrastructure from the central office to the home gateway.


CAPEX: Thoughtful, disciplined, strategic

March 31, 2009 8:50 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

The sharp-toothed bite of the economic downturn is invariably being felt by the cable and telecommunications industries. Yet the teeth marks are even deeper and wider within their supporting vendor communities.


STBs: Assuring content security in next-gen boxes

March 31, 2009 8:45 pm | by Trevor Izsak, director of business and market development for Cloakware | Comments

Next-generation set-tops are evolving to become hybrid devices that integrate video content from multiple sources and share that content over home media networks. Accommodating the demand for content sharing and portability makes the STB inherently more complex


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