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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


IN PERSPECTIVE: What’s in a name?

March 31, 2009 8:35 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

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.

MEMORY LANE: A storage story

March 31, 2009 8:30 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Denver, Colo. | Comments

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.

CICIORA’S CORNER: Bloop, bloop, bloop

March 31, 2009 8:25 pm | by Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D., Recognized Industry Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

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.

Open Mic: Technology and public policy: An unlikely connection

March 31, 2009 8:20 pm | by Bill Check, Senior vice president of science and technology for the NCTA | Comments

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...


CAPITAL CURRENTS: 3-D TV – A long way to go

March 31, 2009 8:15 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

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.


Web Extras - April 2009

March 31, 2009 8:10 pm | by CED Staff | Comments

Achieving Operational Excellence with Proactive Performance Management, by Stephen Hateley InfoVista marketing director... WEBINARS: Critical Impact: Delivering Comprehensive Business Services to Advanced SMBs & Time Shifting: Optimizing Bandwidth for New On-Demand TV Applications.

Achieving Operational Excellence with Proactive Performance Management

March 31, 2009 8:00 pm | by Stephen Hateley, marketing director for InfoVista | Comments

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.

Separable Security In U.S. - STBs Now Mainstream

February 28, 2009 7:45 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

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.

Redefining cable IPTV Service Delivery

February 28, 2009 7:40 pm | by Doug Jones, chief cable architect at BigBand Networks Inc. | Comments

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.

The long way home

February 28, 2009 7:35 pm | by Traci Patterson | Comments

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.


Cox puts Entiera's head in the clouds

February 28, 2009 7:30 pm | by Jim Barthold, Contributing Editor | Comments

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.


February 28, 2009 7:25 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

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.


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