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Broadband Direct

Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Engineering-Wise - Energy: A cliffhanger we don’t want to see

August 16, 2012 1:23 am | by Marty Davidson, vice president of engineering and network operations at the SCTE | Comments

Consumers are being presented with more and more technology-based goods and services every day. The sheer amount of these goods and services is staggering compared to years past.

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Capital Currents - Skipping commercials

August 16, 2012 12:59 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

Several news items recently made me think about the technology involved with skipping commercials.

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From fantasy to reality

July 18, 2012 8:21 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

The delivery of video content to multiple screens by Tier 2 and 3 cable operators has long come under the heading of sheer fantasy. Not anymore. Now it’s real.

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Installation and repair go commercial

July 5, 2012 1:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The exact same trends roiling the consumer market are having a profound effect on the way communications service providers (CSPs) conduct their business.

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Built for speed: Comcast RDK

July 5, 2012 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In today’s competitive market, cable operators need to be both nimble and thrifty when it comes to developing new products and services.

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An evolutionary approach to Gigabit-class DOCSIS

July 5, 2012 12:29 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

That cable companies would evolve their networks from HFC tech to FTTH, with its attendant gigabit transmission rates, was never in doubt. The questions have always been about the timeframe and what the intermediary steps would be.

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Scaling OTT architectures for a multi-device world

July 3, 2012 4:25 pm | by Harish Reddy, principal, and Andrew Lynch, consultant, of IBB Consulting | Comments

OTT video is now mainstream. The challenge lurking behind this phenomenon is that consumption is moving toward a highly fragmented set of devices, and no single solution exists to solve the operational and technical complexities of delivering video to a diverse landscape of devices.

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Bad debt: Predicting and preventing risk

July 3, 2012 3:33 pm | by Chad Dunavant, vice president of product management at CSG International | Comments

CSPs have the technological means to identify subscribers who might represent bad debt risks, categorize the nature of the risk and implement policies to respond accordingly – all in advance of a problem developing.

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In Perspective - Game on

July 3, 2012 12:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Game consoles have been serving double duty as over-the-top boxes for years, but what about a game console as an official cable set-top?

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Memory Lane - Rooms with views

July 3, 2012 12:04 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Comments

Sioux Falls, S.D., seems an unlikely spawning ground for a highly disruptive television technology. But much of what the world now knows about VOD viewing habits, buy rates and economics germinated there.

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Open Mic - Make HFC network improvements a reality

July 3, 2012 11:40 am | by Kellie Chong, director of product line at RFMD | Comments

High-data-rate and dense content-delivery-capable wireline networks are faced with insurmountable requirements as demands for higher data rates and more digital content increase.

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Engineering-Wise - By the people, for the people

July 3, 2012 11:20 am | by Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of the SCTE | Comments

While DOCSIS 3.0, the transition to IP networks and multi-platform content delivery capture the imagination, it is the members of the cable workforce who make a difference to the industry and its customers.

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Capital Currents - Digital Television 3.0

July 2, 2012 8:39 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

The television service we have might be called Digital Television 1.0, but the ATSC is in the final stage of designing the features of Digital Television 2.0. What about 3.0?

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Upfront - July 2012

July 2, 2012 8:22 pm | by CED Magazine | Comments

Europe’s big cable show, Anga, saw 440 exhibitors, 16,000 trade visitors and 1,600 congress delegates, and the show increased its foreign visitors from 43 percent last year to 50 percent this year.

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Breakdown in Beantown

June 6, 2012 1:19 am | by Brian Santo and Mike Robuck | Comments

The cable industry is responding to consumer demands and countering the competition with a heavy arsenal of services and features. At The Cable Show, there were numerous examples of how the cable industry is rapidly evolving to improve the consumers experience while adding cash to the bottom line.

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