The only issue that has definitely been decided is that these over-the-top (OTT) services will have to provide closed captioning. How they will accomplish that is still somewhat problematic.
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This year's No. 1, over the top, is the obverse of last year's No. 1, TV Everywhere. It looks as if OTT will be the biggest challenge/opportunity that multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) will have to contend with for some time.
Cable-Tec Expo saw the introduction of a handful of ultra-dense QAMs and CMTSs (the better to CMAP you with, my dear) and more ways for cable operators to integrate multiple sources of content and applications (social networking, over the top, content delivery networks). And, of course, almost everywhere that attendees turned there was everybody’s favorite new toy – a tablet computer (remote access, mobility).
Home networking has come a long way. What started as a means of sharing a broadband connection (first-generation home networking) quickly became a data network for connecting computers and sharing peripherals (second-generation home networking).
As we barrel toward the end of the year, it’s time to take a brief breather and look back at a very interesting year, not all of it good for everybody, but undeniably interesting, especially for – lest we forget about them – viewers.
The idea behind the improbable pairing of a geeky software giant and an obsessive community of video game developers was never about television, and it certainly had nothing to do with Netflix or ESPN.
We see this kind of relationship in the cable industry between cable operators and program suppliers. Mostly we share the same goals, but we part company when programming is made available to competitors – or when programmers become competitors.
The increase of broadband bandwidth availability and the development of Internet-connected devices has led to a change in viewing habits.
With SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2010 in the rear-view mirror, it would seem that our recent New Orleans event would be a logical place to start any discussion of cable networks and technological evolution and the realization of new business opportunities.
The fallout from that FCC decision may cause a huge default in the federal broadband stimulus funding, resulting in a big political mess. And besides, we can’t be sure those particular funds were really going to unserved areas.
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Cablevision made an offer early this afternoon.
SCTE CABLE-TEC 2010 - October 20-22, 2010 - New Orleans, LA - CED's Show Daily Coverage
It has been a busy year for cable operators for whole-home DVR rollouts. Cable has been slow to follow in the footsteps of other service providers – such as AT&T and Verizon, both of whom bowed their services in 2008 – but this year the tide has started to turn for cable operators