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

CCAP: More than just box replacement

April 29, 2012 9:22 pm | by Jorge Salinger, vice president of access architecture, and Ty Pearman, director of access engineering, of Comcast | Comments

Many people have by now heard of the CCAP, so here is a quick summary of what CCAP is and does.

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Capital Currents - High-risk spectrum plays

April 29, 2012 8:41 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

In light of recent legislation allowing the FCC to auction off TV broadcast spectrum, it might be instructive to review some ill-fated radio spectrum plays.

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Social TV is in your future

April 27, 2012 11:19 pm | by Alper Turgut, CEO of Anvato | Comments

TV is already in the process of transforming from one-way broadcast to a community platform where viewers can interact not only with each other, but also with the content owners and the brands that advertise on TV.

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In Perspective - HBO’s Tywin Lannister maneuvers

April 27, 2012 10:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

How much is “Game of Thrones” worth? Worth paying for? Or only worth pirating?

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Open Mic - Realizing the potential of the enterprise market

April 27, 2012 10:18 pm | by Uri Gurevitz, manager of cross-portfolio marketing at Amdocs | Comments

With consumer revenues flattening, service providers are looking to the enterprise segment more than ever before to satisfy their growth and revenue goals.

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Orchestrating the gateway of the future

April 27, 2012 8:43 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Many of the most important features of any electronics product are implemented directly in the silicon processors that orchestrate everything those products do. So what’s next?

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The fragmented world of DRM

March 2, 2012 7:49 pm | by By Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

As evidenced by this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, TV Everywhere has gone primetime with the masses, but getting that video content onto any device, anywhere, anytime is creating operational headaches for cable operators.

3-D sans those pesky glasses

March 2, 2012 7:33 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

Glasses-free (autostereoscopic) 3-D TV has been demonstrated, but it has limitations that compromise it as a practical solution for the consumer market – at least for now.

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Upfront - March 2012

March 2, 2012 7:15 pm | by CED Magazine | Comments

Comcast, Verizon come out punching; Canoe Ventures shuts down iTV business; Cable closes in on universal support for TV apps; IP-based home security on the rise ...

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Bandwidth: The Gold Rush of the cable industry

March 2, 2012 7:05 pm | by John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing at Aurora Networks | Comments

Bandwidth remains one of a broadband operator’s most valued assets. As the industry evolves and advanced services flourish, it has quickly become the commodity on which revenue-generating service opportunities are dependent.

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Pushing 802.11n technology to new heights

March 2, 2012 6:58 pm | by Sam Heidari, CEO Quantenna | Comments

In most cases, 802.11n technology actually offers superior video-handling performance, coverage and cost-effectiveness to wired options including MoCA, HPNA and powerline communications (PLC).

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In Perspective - Proceed with caution

March 2, 2012 5:37 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

After a teenage girl from Minnesota recently shopped at Target, Target evaluated her purchases, surmised she was pregnant and sent her coupons that only an expectant mother might need.

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Memory Lane - Mix message

March 2, 2012 5:32 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Denver, Colo. | Comments

The legendary singer Bing Crosby died in 1977, the same year YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley was born. But through the lineage of media technology, the two are practically blood brothers.

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Open Mic - Smaller ops can regain an edge

March 2, 2012 5:25 pm | by Joseph Nucara, CEO of Adara Networks | Comments

Popular demand for high-definition TV and the need to migrate to Internet protocol video delivery pose severe challenges, particularly for smaller operators with constrained resources.

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Engineering-Wise - Smart energy management

March 2, 2012 5:21 pm | by Thomas Russell, Senior director of standards for the SCTE | Comments

Growing energy costs are not limited to consumption by electronics alone. An undesirable byproduct of high-speed broadband transmission electronics is heat, and plenty of it.

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