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

Multi-Screen Challenges and Benefits

November 4, 2011 12:41 am | by Jim Elayan, vice president of marketing at itaas | Comments

With the launch of new consumer services, companies face business and technical challenges that impede time to market and successful deployments. Multi-screen app development for the cable TV industry is no different. Some unique business and technical challenges must be addressed to take advantage of the “appmania” that is sweeping the CE industry.

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Monetizing Multi-Screen Deployments

November 4, 2011 12:22 am | by Steve Davi, senior vice president of advanced technology at SeaChange | Comments

The push for multi-screen video services is creating new players in the digital content value chain, including over-the-top providers, and creating opportunities and challenges for service providers, advertisers, content providers and consumers.

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In Perspective - Giving Back

November 3, 2011 11:57 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

This column acknowledges those who give back - those who donate their money, their time, their skills. We lack the space to mention every act of kindness and charity from just the past year alone; let these examples stand for the rest.

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Memory Lane - That’s Intertainment!

November 3, 2011 11:33 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Comments

Populating the annals of the digital media business are hundreds of individuals who were ahead of their time. They’re the early-stage impresarios and on-the-cusp dreamers who introduced grand ideas and evangelized categories before getting steamrolled by the realities of the day: limited technology footprints, a skeptical investment community or the inability to captivate mainstream consumers.

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Ciciora’s Corner - Balance and Priorities

November 3, 2011 10:56 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Comments

I was in the lobby of a hotel in Los Angeles when the television screen announced that Steve Jobs had died. Of course, this was quite a shock. A few moments later, remembering how he looked at recent appearances and his leaving Apple recently, it was obvious that this was coming; I just didn’t want to face the reality of it.

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Open Mic - Expo: Something for Everyone

November 3, 2011 10:31 pm | by Terry Cordova, senior vice president and CTO at Suddenlink Communications | Comments

When the curtain goes up on Expo and a companion event, the Capacity Management Symposium, during the week of Nov. 14, it will mark the culmination of a year of intense discussion among CTOs, other industry thought leaders, the Cable-Tec Expo Program Committee and SCTE officials.

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Engineering-Wise - Kennen Sie Kabelnetze?

November 3, 2011 10:14 pm | by Daniel Howard, senior vice president of engineering and CTO at SCTE | Comments

It hasn’t gotten to the point where we’ve struck a partnership deal with Berlitz yet, but over the past couple of years there’s been a dramatic increase in interest from the international community in SCTE’s products and services.

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Capital Currents - New Video Description Rules

November 3, 2011 9:58 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

In late August, the FCC released new rules for “video description.” This is the audio track for visually impaired viewers that carries both the main program audio and a narrative description of the onscreen action of a TV program or movie.

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Home Networks are a Gateway to Gateways

September 30, 2011 8:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In the process of simultaneously supporting their subscribers’ use of iPads and consumption of streaming video, multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) have been forced to get deeper into home networking (HN) faster than intended.

Cable’s Play in Home Security

September 30, 2011 8:50 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

Traditional security services offered by entrenched providers such as ADT have dominated the home security space, with the few leftovers going to cable and telecom companies. Not anymore.

Next Challenge: Making Broadband Affordable for Everyone

September 30, 2011 8:45 pm | by Traci Patterson | Comments

The latest data from analyst firm Point Topic revealed that the current affordability of broadband around the world highlights a stark contrast in broadband prices.

Gateways - The Road to the All-IP Home

September 30, 2011 8:40 pm | by Paul Scarff, Senior Product Manager at Sigma Systems | Comments

Service providers are moving toward the use of gateways, but the gateway model is still evolving, and there remain questions about the mix of features and functions gateways should have.

Mobile Backhaul - The Backhaul Heat is On

September 30, 2011 8:35 pm | by Andy Fuertes and Larry Swasey, Principals at Visant Strategies | Comments

Cable operators, fiber providers and microwave radio vendors are benefiting from the continuing hard push by mobile wireless operators worldwide to build out both next-gen IP-based broadband and legacy networks.

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In Perspective - “Qwikster”? Really?

September 30, 2011 8:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The Apple side of the universe is abuzz with the possibility that Comcast is getting close to streaming live TV to iPads.

Ciciora’s Corner - Patents in the News

September 30, 2011 8:20 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on Cable and Consumer Electronics Issues | Comments

Patents have been in the news lately, big time. Google made its biggest acquisition to date in the purchase of Motorola Mobility. The trade press claims the motivation is Motorola’s 17,000 patents.

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