Although the transition from analog to digital TV offers some wonderful new capabilities for closed captioning, there are two issues that are causing confusion, and it could get worse.
For smaller cable operators, next year's transition to all-digital signals comes on the heels of last year's separable security mandate for set-top boxes (STBs) by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Mission ImpOSSible - It's hard enough sizing content and applications for screens that differ vastly in size and handing off applications from one device type to another. But on top of that, service providers are going to have to figure out which subscribers can get what applications, from whom, and under what circumstances.
I can unequivocally write that video on-demand (VOD) has improved my quality of life. Living in a rural area of Colorado, I'm no doubt late to the VOD bandwagon, and while we've had the service in our home for several years now, it's only lately that I have begun to truly appreciate VOD's life-changing qualities.
Microsoft tried wooing Yahoo! two years ago. Two years ago, buying Yahoo might have been an obvious move. Now? Not so obvious.
It’s a mad, mad, mad HD world out there, and it only figures to get even crazier this year with MSOs, telcos and satellite companies all aiming to fill their channel lineups with more and more HD channels.
The case for gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) is a simple one: in order to remain competitive, service providers need more capacity to carry bandwidth-intensive applications; fiber is the ultimate carrier of bandwidth, and GPON is one of the most cost-effective ways for a provider to deploy fiber.
UPfront Februray 2008 - Latest industry news and insights. Convergence tops CES agenda; Cox cozies up to Gemstar-TV Guide, NDS; First vendors thru DOCSIS 3.0 door; Insight’s Dietz retires; Cisco’s Giancarlo departs; Sprint taps new prez/CEO...
More than 95 percent of Canadians live in communities served by high-speed Internet access, and nearly 70 percent of Canadian households subscribed to a broadband service by the end of 2007.
Cable operators, telcos and satellite providers are going toe-to-toe in the battle to offer more high-definition (HD) programming to their subscribers. The number of HD channels an operator carries, and the quality of the carrier’s HD offering, has been, and still is, a bragging point between the three camps, creating somewhat of a marketing frenzy.
We took a stab at predicting 2008 in our January issue. I thought it might be instructive to see what other people, not necessarily in the business, are predicting.
You shouldn’t feel that you are unusual if you can’t identify the Farnsworth invention. Few people are familiar with the inventor’s name, but everyone knows the invention. Philo T. Farnsworth invented electronic television in 1921 when he was 15 years old.
By agreeing to dual carry broadcast signals for three years after the end of analog broadcasting, the cable industry dodged the bullet called “material degradation.” Or maybe the industry won on the degradation issue because it was a purely technical issue...
Having been on several tours of the 305,000-square-foot CMC main facility, located just outside of Denver, I've found that it's easy to become enamored with the various bits of technologies and services, and to get totally lost in the rabbit warren of rooms in the main building.
Twenty years before there was a secretive cable industry initiative called “Canoe” meant to rethink the way cable advertising works, there was a precursor effort under way in Los Angeles.