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Business Wi-Fi Everywhere

August 13, 2014 | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Wi-Fi has become the wireless play that cable operators have long yearned for, and it doesn’t require the costly build out of LTE networks or flaky partnerships that ultimately failed. From homes, to stadiums, to trains, to metro areas with heavy foot traffic, Wi-Fi has been a shining star.

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The people of Expo 2014

September 18, 2014 7:39 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President & CEO, SCTE | Comments

Engineering-wise: As we approach SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014, the face of cable innovation has evolved into a holistic approach to service delivery. The tactical solutions of the early days have long given way to strategic approaches and the recognition that making the right decisions today can enable delivery of multiple services tomorrow.

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WiFi - The Next 15 Years Bring Higher Expectations

September 18, 2014 7:33 pm | by Justin Colwell, Vice President, network technology, CableLabs. | Comments

This year, Wi-Fi celebrates its 15th birthday with a number of important milestones: more than 2 billion chipsets sold per year, exceeding the Gbps milestone with 802.11ac, and the first commercial launch of Passpoint/ HotSpot 2.0. Cisco estimates by 2015 more than half of the world’s Internet traffic will be carried by Wi-Fi.

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TV’s enduring mantra: Buy or die

September 18, 2014 7:31 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Comments

Memory Lane: Before they started launching or buying their own cable channels in the 1990s, the Big 3 television networks were sanctimonious about an upstart medium called “cable TV.” The smugness was rooted in reality, at least for a while. The force that lavished the three networks with rich profits was scarcity.

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War of the Words

September 18, 2014 7:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In Perspective: Defining a problem is common engineering practice, but the approach is hardly limited to engineering. In the communications business, definitions have become weapons. Worse is when companies deliberately obfuscate definitions for competitive advantage.

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By the numbers: Why go multi-screen?

August 26, 2014 8:01 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

With cloud-based multi-screen delivery, the option for making a capex-intensive process into a pure opex play. Some service providers are still wondering if performing multi-screen delivery is a good idea for them. The answer is more and more likely to be “yes.”

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FIFA World Cup a watershed for multi-screen

August 26, 2014 7:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

All eyes were on Brazil earlier this summer when it hosted the FIFA World Cup soccer tourney.  While the World Cup served as a coming out party for several countries’ emerging soccer stars, it also provided a good backdrop for streaming video technologies.

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Multi-screen for the masses: multi-screen as a cloud-based service

August 26, 2014 7:22 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Everything required for multi-screen delivery can be done in the cloud. CED recently got together with Envivio VP Products and Solutions Arnaud Perrier to talk about Envivio's adoption of a SaaS model for multi-screen delivery, which has the potential to put multi-screen within reach for everybody.

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Stick out your webcam and say “ah”

August 13, 2014 12:27 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Telemedicine is still in its infancy, just beginning to be a commercial endeavor. The limited amount of activity conducted today doesn’t register as even a blip in broadband usage statistics, but practitioners could end up being some of the most exacting broadband customers.

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Delivering Profitable Multi-screen: What You Need to Know About Manifest Manipulation

August 13, 2014 12:17 am | by Duncan Potter, product and regional marketing, Arris | Comments

How are service providers solving the challenge of making multiscreen profitable? Manifest manipulation enables you to better control, scale and monetize pay TV on multiple screens, particularly when it comes to targeted ad insertion and content substitution.

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Engagement Driving A Resurgence In Multi-Screen Advertising

August 12, 2014 11:45 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | Comments

Multi-screen delivery apparently leads to deeper engagement with viewers. Service providers might have expected that’s putting the cart ahead of the horse, but it’s turning out that viewer engagement is the factor that’s inspiring advertisers to shift ad dollars to second and third screens.

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Resolving Transport Stream Errors in 10GigE Infrastructure

August 12, 2014 11:37 pm | by Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing, Triveni Digital | Comments

Cable operators are transitioning to a 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking infrastructure. However, the complexity of this new environment creates a challenge for operators trying to quickly and cost-effectively reduce, locate, and eliminate transport stream errors.

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The leaders in leading in the lede

August 12, 2014 11:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In Perspective: I am here to ask for the curtailment – if not the total cessation – of a particularly pernicious practice that has taken over the public relations industry in the last three years. It’s leading in the lede, like so: “TecTronTelVision, a leader in blah blah blah…”

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Channeling cable’s past

August 12, 2014 11:18 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Comments

Memory Lane: The long warfare between the cable and broadcast television industries obscures a fundamental consensus. Cable providers have always embraced a mainstay of the broadcasting world: the concept of a TV “channel.”

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Life After CableCard: It’s so Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

August 12, 2014 11:16 pm | by John Carlucci, CTO, Alticast U.S. operations | Comments

Open Mic: The FCC has recommended striking the “integration ban” portion of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Given the success that Cablevision and Charter have had getting the necessary waivers to sidestep the ban, it’s not unrealistic to hope for a change.

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Connecting the dots to learning and leadership at Expo

August 12, 2014 11:06 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President & CEO, SCTE | Comments

Engineering-Wise: Lindsay Johnston joined us earlier this year as SVP, operations. She’s taken on a variety of responsibilities – our new Corporate Alliance Program (CAP), SCTE organizational leadership and industry ambassadorship, among others – with a gusto that gets results.

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