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Moving beyond yesterday’s network

November 30, 2007 7:40 pm | by Peter Chahal, Director of Solution Marketing in the IP Division at Alcatel-Lucent | Comments

For cable multiple system operators (MSOs), the network status quo is not an option. Tomorrow’s MSO networks must be more service-oriented and user-centric. They must continue to deliver residential services and allow those offerings to evolve with triple play and quad play services that meet customer demand and address increasing threats from telcos.

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IPTV providers drop the training wheels

November 30, 2007 7:35 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

In just a few short years, IPTV has collected 8.3 million subscribers worldwide – more than 5 million of them in just the last 12 months. There are scores of smaller telephone companies with active video programs, and many large telcos outside the U.S. rolling out IP video.

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What’s ahead for switched digital video

November 30, 2007 7:30 pm | by Yaron Raz, Director of Video Solutions Marketing; and David Ronald, Director of Corporate Marketing, BigBand Networks | Comments

The holy grail of the television industry is an ability to deliver infinite video choices and increasingly personalized content in a scalable and economical manner. Among the technologies needed to achieve this vision, switched digital video(SDV) stands out as one with great potential...

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INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - FRANCE

November 30, 2007 7:25 pm | by CED Staff | Comments

France has the third-largest broadband subscriber base in Europe, a comprehensive DSL infrastructure and strong fiber deployment. Fiber will have a substantial presence in the coming years as municipal network builds conjoin with established operators to extend services beyond Paris and the major urban areas.

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IN PERSPECTIVE: Something special

November 30, 2007 7:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

The telecommunications industry is intimately familiar with the FCC and the people running it, but for most Americans, the FCC is like an appendix – something they know is there but is completely irrelevant until it gets inflamed and fines Howard Stern.

MEMORY LANE: Street smarts

November 30, 2007 7:15 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Englewood, Colo. | Comments

The early-1950s CBS Saturday-morning cartoon “Winky Dink and You” sometimes gets credit as the first example of interactive television programming. Kids who begged their parents sufficiently could order by mail a semi-transparent skin they could layer atop their TV sets.

CICIORA’S CORNER: Display dynamics

November 30, 2007 7:10 pm | by Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D., Recognized Industry Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

When the National Television Systems Committee (NTSC) standard was set in 1941, it defined a picture quality level way beyond what could be produced. When color was added in 1953, the display devices lagged the theoretical capability by a substantial margin. There were big deficiencies in brightness, resolution, color fidelity and reliability.

CAPITAL CURRENTS: Telephone games

November 30, 2007 7:05 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

The games people play with telephone tariffs! It’s shameful, shameful. Or it would be if there were not so much money involved. The latest game is called “access stimulation.”

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IP Capsule - November 30, 2007

November 29, 2007 7:00 pm | Comments

What goes around - Rouzbeh Yassini is credited with inventing the cable modem. Two decades later, Yassini feels broadband is falling short of its complete promise, and he's doing something about it.

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xOD Capsule - November 27, 2007

November 26, 2007 7:00 pm | Comments

Vecima Networks comes up for air with edgeQAM – Vecima Networks is one of those vendors that does a lot of work behind the scenes in both the cable and telco architectures, but the company is moving more toward center stage with the introduction of its own Universal edgeQAM (U-eQAM).

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xOD Capsule - November 21, 2007

November 20, 2007 7:00 pm | by Michael Robuck | Comments

Switched digital video ripens for large operators – With the bandwidth constraints that some MSOs face, switched digital video (SDV) has become one of the more often-used tools in cable operators' tool boxes this year.

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IP Capsule - November 16, 2007

November 16, 2007 6:00 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Wrapping up the third quarter, the top cable companies in the U.S. added almost precisely the same number of broadband subscribers as the top phone companies: a smidge over 1 million each. That's the first time in three years cable has drawn as many new broadband customers as the phone companies. That keeps the gap of 5 million subs between the top cable companies (32.6 million total) and the top telcos (27.5 million total).

xOD Capsule - November 14, 2007

November 14, 2007 7:00 am | by Michael Robuck | Comments

AT&T has plenty to think about as year closes - AT&T's announcement last week that it was scaling back the number of homes that will have access to its U-verse service wasn't a total shocker, especially since the San Antonio-based telco has previously revised the U-verse rollout schedule several times.

IP Capsule - November 09, 2007

November 8, 2007 7:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

"Web 2.0" is failing to inspire much buzz, a fatal characteristic in a buzzword. Oh, sure, you can find an exception here or there, but it looks like this one really isn't going to fly.

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xOD Capsule - November 06, 2007

November 5, 2007 7:00 pm | by Michael Robuck | Comments

Say, this VOD stuff may just have legs. OK, it's obvious that VOD is here to stay, but the above was the first thought that crossed my mind when thumbing through the program guide for TelcoTV and coming across the session entitled "Early Returns for VOD."

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