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IP Capsule - October 11, 2007

October 10, 2007 8:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

As of June there were 8.2 million IPTV subscribers worldwide, an increase of over 5 million from the midpoint of 2006 – phenomenal growth no matter how you look at it. The biggest leaps were made in Europe and in Asia. The numbers were distributed by the DSL Forum and compiled by Point Topic, which also calculated there are now 313 million people with broadband worldwide.

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xOD Capsule - October 10, 2007

October 9, 2007 8:00 pm | by Traci Patterson | Comments

Within the next 18 months or so, Internet TV services such as Joost will be running on some sort of STBs or open media devices, according to Mike Volpi, Joost's CEO. In a video interview with NewTeeVee, Volpi says his company expects that it will have to embrace new platforms that attach to the TV since Joost delivers a high-quality viewing experience.

IP Capsule - October 04, 2007

October 3, 2007 8:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Broadband policy is back, which should be a cue for everyone's eyes to glaze over. Problem is,every time you succumb to that urge, you end up with CableCards or something.

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xOD Capsule - October 03, 2007

October 2, 2007 8:00 pm | Comments

From the PC to the TV . . . in the 'Blink' of an eye —Quartics Inc. has released a free software solution, entitled Blink beta, which provides an eye-catching interface (the Blink Media Browser) for users to view video on their PCs and, with Quartics' PC2TV technology, on their televisions.

You can make MONEY with VOD ads

September 30, 2007 9:40 pm | by Traci Patterson, Web/News Editor | Comments

Cable operators are moving full-speed ahead with trials and deployments of video-on-demand advertising. Now the tasks at hand include convincing advertisers of the value of this new vehicle, as well as privacy and interop issues.

The digital transition – a (bandwidth) losing proposition?

September 30, 2007 9:30 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

As recently as 2005, operators were eagerly anticipating the mandated broadcast TV digital transition. Operators’ natural assumption was that since there would no longer be any terrestrial analog transmissions, they would be able to take the bandwidth used to transmit 60 to 80 analog channels – a vast allocation of spectrum 450 MHz to 550 MHz wide – and re-purpose it for any number of things.

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Taming the set-top transition

September 30, 2007 9:20 pm | by Chris Dinallo, VP Technology, Pace Micro Technology Americas | Comments

With the recent FCC mandate for separable security in full force, all in the industry are fully aware set-tops must now be deployed with CableCARDs (with the exception of the small handful of operators with rare FCC waivers). But that doesn’t mean the situation is entirely clear.

Brushing the dust off long tail VOD titles

September 30, 2007 9:10 pm | by Bruce Bahlmann, VP Data Technologies, Sedna Services | Comments

Video-on-demand has seen ever increasing numbers since its first deployments in 1999 en route to the 250 million monthly views received by Comcast alone in July 2007. However, as the popularity of this service continues to increase, VOD is becoming a victim of its own success, with a growing number of denied requests, increasing support costs for managing aging systems, and rising costs for marketing all the titles within growing libraries.

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INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - SOUTH KOREA

September 30, 2007 9:00 pm | by CED Staff | Comments

By early 2007, about 29 percent of South Korea’s population – 90 percent of households – subscribed to broadband services, making it the most penetrated broadband market in the world. In the late ’90s, the government mandated that operators provide a 2 Mbps connection for every citizen.

IN PERSPECTIVE: Golden opportunity

September 30, 2007 8:50 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

The deal from The Dawn Of The Television Era was you get free TV in exchange for watching the ads. But cable changed the deal. With cable, you have to pay for TV, and you have to watch the ads.

MEMORY LANE: Gored!

September 30, 2007 8:40 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Englewood, Colo. | Comments

It’s a stretch to think that Gore, the man who later would describe himself as the man “who used to be the next president of the United States” was moved by his mother’s complaints to challenge the regulatory approach governing an entire industry...

CICIORA’S CORNER: 'Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right...'

September 30, 2007 8:30 pm | by Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D., Recognized Industry Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

The cable industry certainly is “stuck in the middle” these days. One malevolent force wants to impose dual or even triple must-carry and even complete 6 MHz must-carry. Another malevolent force wants to severely limit cable’s ability to innovate.

CAPITAL CURRENTS: DBS update

September 30, 2007 8:20 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

In 1992, the International Telecommunications Union adopted an additional frequency allocation for broadcast satellite service in North and South America. The 17.3-17.8 GHz band would be the downlink broadcasting frequency, and 24.75-25.25 GHz would be the uplink (or “feeder link”) band.

UP Front - October, 2007

September 30, 2007 8:10 pm | by CED Staff | Comments

Cox adds third feather to BigBand’s switched digital video hat; Comcast plans to move TiVo software to Scientific Atlanta boxes; CableLabs DTCP-IP deal opens three-screen door; NCTA proposes ‘tuning resolver’ to aid CE devices with switched channels; TWC taps TandbergTV for small-market VOD deployment; FCC puts dual-carriage onus on cable...

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IP Capsule - September 28, 2007

September 27, 2007 8:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Motorola and Sprint's WiMAX operation, called Xohm, demonstrated a WiMAX system consisting of four base stations spaced along four-fifths of a mile of the Chicago River, transmitting to PCs installed on a boat the sponsors rented to cruise by.

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