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Memory Lane - Nightmare on DVR Street

June 5, 2012 5:46 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Comments

From the evil Dr. Caligari of the silent film era to the freaky Ghostface of the modern “Scream” film series, Hollywood has produced an impressive lineup of scary characters over a 90-year run of horror movie-making. But no fictitious villain ever elevated Hollywood’s chill meter as high as a real-life industry entrant that made its premiere 13 years ago at CES.

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Ciciora's Corner - Fast history: Part II

June 5, 2012 5:32 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Comments

The book “High Definition Television: The Creation, Development and Implementation of HDTV Technology” by Philip J. Cianci is an excellent book on the fascinating history of HDTV.

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Open Mic - Network DVR vs. TV Everywhere

June 5, 2012 5:22 pm | by Bob Scheffler, senior director of next-generation video solutions at Motorola Mobility | Comments

Since the advent of home entertainment technology – from the phonograph to radio to TV – the living room has long been the gathering place for the family. But in today’s world, the proliferation of smartphones and tablets has created an insatiable consumer appetite for anytime, anyplace content.

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Engineering-Wise - Getting smart(er)

June 5, 2012 5:02 pm | by Tom Russell, senior director of standards at the SCTE | Comments

The Digital Revolution has enabled and promulgated advances in systems management, reliability and delivery of services undreamed of, or relatively primitive in implementation, only a few short decades ago.

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Capital Currents - Online video uncertainties

June 5, 2012 4:48 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

When it comes to online delivery of video programming services, the uncertainties still haven’t been resolved, but more entities with a variety of business plans have entered the marketplace.

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Upfront - June 2012

June 5, 2012 4:33 pm | by CED Magazine | Comments

A new study, commissioned by Broadcom, of nearly 900 Americans highlights the country’s growing dependence on Wi-Fi connectivity.

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Preventing a broadband meltdown

April 30, 2012 9:27 pm | by Cam Cullen, vice president of global marketing at Procera Networks | Comments

The broadband market is experiencing major upheaval, and MSOs are at the center of the storm.

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Home automation: The new frontier for service providers

April 30, 2012 7:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Home automation services have a long way to go before they reach the level of comfort portrayed in “The Jetsons,” but service providers are ramping up their efforts to provide their subscribers with home automation creature comforts that go beyond simple security cams.

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In Perspective - Troll’s bane

April 30, 2012 6:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Twitter just announced an astonishing patent policy that provides a fascinating correction to the way the patent system has been going astray.

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Open Mic - Advertising to the TV and IP-connected devices

April 30, 2012 6:35 pm | by Jeff Brooks, vice president of business development at Arris | Comments

Cable operators are by now very aware of the shifting landscape in content consumption and delivery technologies, as well as the potential changes this will drive in advertising on linear TV and IP-connected devices.

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Memory Lane - Getting game

April 30, 2012 6:14 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Comments

Sega Channel broke new ground in several ways: Not only did it suggest a networked future for the delivery of entertainment content, it forced cable companies to recognize the need to fine-tune their networks to accommodate new types of digital content.

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Engineering-Wise - An energy call to arms

April 30, 2012 12:31 am | by Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of the SCTE | Comments

In the same way that you and I struggle to counter rising fuel and power costs with more efficient usage in our daily lives, so too do operators, programmers and vendors.

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CED’s 2012 CTO Roundtable

April 29, 2012 11:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In this year’s Roundtable, our participants talk about how the ongoing evolution of the HFC network is nowhere near complete, with years of technological innovations yet to come that will support any number of new services and features.

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Ciciora's Corner - Fast history: Part I

April 29, 2012 9:55 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Comments

I have just finished reading “High Definition Television: The Creation, Development and Implementation of HDTV Technology” by Philip J. Cianci.

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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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