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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

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.

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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...

IN THE LOOP: A decade of success

August 31, 2008 8:10 pm | by Thomas G. Robinson, Executive Vice President, CBG Communications Inc. | Comments

After four years of comprehensive planning, Click! recently completed 10 years of successful operation. It is a subsidiary of Tacoma Power, the municipal public power utility in Tacoma, Wash.

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CAPITAL CURRENTS: ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

August 31, 2008 8:05 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

It used to be that the FCC acted as a judicial body when it decided whether to allow mergers and acquisitions of telecom companies. These days, under Chairman Kevin Martin, the FCC plays, “Let’s Make a Deal.”

Managing The Traffic Flow

July 31, 2008 8:55 pm | by Brian Santo and Michael Robuck | Comments

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2008 provided valuable nuggets of information regarding traffic management, the transition of the cable network to IP, deflecting competitive heat, and the digital transition.

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Test time

July 31, 2008 8:50 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

Historically, executive suites were nearly impervious to any mention of test and measurement. Lately, however, cable companies have come to appreciate that the latest generation of T&M equipment may be as critical for retaining subscribers as DVRs have been in attracting them and gigabit routers have been for serving them.

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Brave new world: Electronic video monitoring

July 31, 2008 8:45 pm | by Andrew Sachs, Director of Marketing, IPTV Service Assurance, JDSU; and Russell Wise, Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Volicon | Comments

Fine-tuning the network for optimal performance is no longer enough. In a competitive environment, quality of service (QoS) has become so important for retaining and growing the subscriber base that channel monitoring is now not only justifiable but necessary.

Commercial Ethernet services redefine QoS testing

July 31, 2008 8:40 pm | by Patrick Riley, Product Marketing Manager, Sunrise Telecom Inc. | Comments

Proper network pre-qualification and monitoring is imperative to ensure that service quality is maintained from the headend, through the network backbone, and to the customer premises as more customers are added and more services are offered.

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After February 17, the call deluge

July 31, 2008 8:35 pm | by Traci Patterson,Web/News Editor | Comments

The switch to all-digital signals is only six months away. What happens if thousands of terrestrial-broadcast viewers switch to pay TV? Are MSOs prepared if millions do?

INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT • South America

July 31, 2008 8:25 pm | Comments

Broadband/Cable operators and statistics in South America.

IN PERSPECTIVE: Go cheap, young man

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

The deployment of DOCSIS 3.0 might be expected to complicate the balance of pricing and value, but it may in fact simplify matters.

MEMORY LANE: AT & T’s coaxial creation

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

AT&T’s U-verse, the IP-based wireline video service that passes 9 million U.S. homes, depends on a latticework of optical fiber and twisted-pair phone lines to pass television signals along to its customers.

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CICIORA’S CORNER: HD camcorder adventures

July 31, 2008 8:10 pm | by Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D., Recognized Industry Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

I’ve always felt that those who work in television should have direct experience in television. Years ago, when I worked for a manufacturer of set-top boxes, I strongly urged my colleagues to be cable subscribers. Surprisingly, this wasn’t obvious to a few of them.

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