A year ago, I reported on a disagreement between two groups of TV manufacturers over which command language to use with this interface. Unfortunately, the disagreement still exists. There is no agreement on a standard. And time is running out. The EIA established a standards committee, called R4.1, to develop a standard interface for a communications bus to interconnect a cluster of digital TVs...
His approach was very confrontational, not at all polite, and "in your face." He insisted that the NAB's position is that "must-carry" applies to digital television, and that there is no compromise on this. What about viewers' (My!) rights? I couldn't contain myself I had to ask a question. I asked about my rights as a viewer.
The article suggested that, despite seemingly insurmountable odds, huge capital start-up costs and a quick divorce from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., that EchoStar eagerly awaits the launch of two new satellites. Get real, Charlie. Yes, it's true EchoStar did manage to coax another $375 million out of its investors money that will be used to build and launch those two satellites.
Introduction The introduction of 1.9 GHz Personal Communications Services (PCS) has spurred an explosive growth in mobile telecommunications. Predictions are that new wireless voice and data services for business and residential users will complement, and someday possibly replace, today's wired and wireless service.
As new services make their way into the cable pipeline, the demand is building to develop comprehensive, effective and efficient (in both time and money) testing and measurement equipment, procedures and protocols. While management keeps looking over their collective shoulders at the competition forming fast on the horizon, they're putting increasing pressure on their engineering professionals ...
What this year's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo may have lacked in new whiz-bang announcements was more than made up by a buoyant, optimistic sense that the cable industry is preparing itself for entry into a long, competitive battle to provide consumers with a dazzling array of new services. Cable modem news again dominated this show, attended by 8,200 cable operators and exhibitors who flocked to Orland...
iCS operates six stocking warehouses in the United States. In addition, its VueScan division maintains stocking facilities in Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Itochu Cable Services has also signed an agreement with Lucent Technologies to distribute its complete line of fiber optic cable products in North America.
Now that the cable industry and the TV set makers have pretty much worked out their differences on interconnecting set-tops and digital TV sets, the remaining controversies deal with copy protection. Copy protection is important because it must be built into digital set-top boxes and digital TVs, or else the movie studios won't allow their products to be distributed over cable.
A few months ago, when CED first wrote extensively about the home networking phenomenon and its relation to cable TV network operators, we found a dearth of interest in it. Yes, most cable operators were aware of some emerging standards and alliances, but few had much to say about it. Turns out that maybe we just asked too soon.
Like a persistent zombie from a 1970s horror flick, interactive TV just refuses to die, preferring instead to return time after time from near-death experiences to herald a new age of TV programming. This time around, however, the energized specter of interactive TV is stronger than ever. Plenty of high-profile companies are collectively betting billions of dollars that interactive TV will take...
The FCC has announced the conclusion of its fifth report and order regarding digital television (DTV). This exercise is intended to be the catalyst for broadcasters to enter the competitive digital world while maintaining "free" programming to the public. The Commission has effectively pushed many of the complicated technical and marketing issues back to the broadcasters.
Traditional GEO fixed satellites We are all familiar with C-band and Ku-band satellites that deliver video programming to cable headends, TV stations and home dishes. These satellites are assigned to slots along a band that is located directly above the equator and at an altitude of 36,000 km, at which distance the earth's gravity and the sun's gravity are balanced.
I've been beta testing a cable modem since mid-January. I confess, I love it. When it works, that is. I get enormous data rates; Web pages SNAP! onto the screen. Huge documents download in seconds. But it doesn't always work. Remember the old rap against cable system reliability, that cable systems aren't reliable enough to compete against the telephone companies? It's still true.
The recent adoption of an accelerated schedule for DTV deployment in the U.S. has caused some in the popular press to suggest that the sole surviving technology for terrestrial domestic broadcasting will be digital, and that analog NTSC will rapidly fade away. There are several reasons why this may not happen at all.
Some will argue that deploying new services isn't as easy as writing a check, however. A newspaper story out of Boston last month could give some ammunition to that point-of-view, and show why it's been a struggle for many to get high-speed data service up and running. For a lengthy list of potential problems, especially in the software domain, lie waiting to trip up even the most savvy operator.