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.
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.
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
Verizon can legitimately be considered the seventh-largest cable operator. With 1.9 million video subscribers, it is larger than Insight, Mediacom and Suddenlink, with Bright House Networks next on the list.
Gen-Xers won’t understand this, but for those who lived through personal computing’s genesis in the 1980s, one of the most welcome events of all was the death of the floppy disc.
It is a fact of life that a person doesn’t appreciate the marvels of technology until he is deprived of them. The car is taken for granted until it won’t start. The hot water heater is never given a thought until it leaks all over the basement floor.
As we are so keenly aware, technology is at the core of the cable business. Without it, a Web site couldn’t load the latest stock prices when we need to make a trade, we’d miss the winning shot in the basketball game on our HDTV...
3-D TV was everywhere at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, but it will be a while before cable companies deliver 3-D TV for home viewing. Numerous issues of standards and interoperability have to be worked out.
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As the communications market quickly moves to one that is quality-of-experience (QoE) centric, service providers are experiencing significant changes in the way they view performance expectations.
While the vast majority of set-top boxes (STBs) in the U.S. are now in compliance with the FCC's separable security mandate implemented in 2007, the international STB market is expected to carry on deploying the more traditional embedded security boxes.
Internet traffic in the U.S., and globally, continues to grow at a rate between 50 to 60 percent annually, which strains high-speed data networks with congestion. This is particularly true of the DOCSIS cable modem termination system (CMTS), initially designed for high-speed Internet (HSI) service and adapted to work with VoIP services.
With increasingly intrepid, interactive and networked subscribers experimenting with ways to hook all of their media devices together, aided and abetted by certain consumer electronics vendors, cable operators and other service providers are being forced to consider how to handle home networks.
Entiera has its head in the clouds these days, thanks to Cox Communications. Entiera is relying on Cox's voice and data services and the Cox SONET network in Rhode Island, which means many of its operations are "located" in the IP cloud.
Cable, DBS and IPTV all have program guides that subscribers are familiar with. Can providers rely on consumer habit? No. Extant guides pretty much all suck. Guides – in set-tops, on the Web, in TVs themselves – are all going to get more sophisticated.