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

Set-Top Boxes Reach for the Cloud

August 31, 2011 8:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

Set-top boxes aren’t exactly bringing sexy back, but they are evolving into much more hip devices than the blue-collar editions that have squatted next to TVs for generations.

Canoe Preps For National Dynamic Ad Insertion In 2012

August 31, 2011 8:50 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

Ever since early last year, Canoe Ventures, which is backed by the six largest cable operators in the nation, has been laying the operational and technical foundation for dynamic ad insertion (DAI) on free VOD (FVOD).

Wireline Telephony isn’t Flat-Lining

August 31, 2011 8:45 pm | by Rick Bye, Senior Product Manager for Wireline Products at Silicon Laboratories | Comments

Fixed-line (or landline) telephony services, including VoIP, are still important to consumers and represent a major source of revenue for service providers.

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IP for video backhaul. No, really.

August 31, 2011 8:40 pm | by Richard Dellacanonica, President of Artel Video Systems | Comments

For years, video service providers have had limited options for dealing with one of the more critical aspects of their video contribution workflows: how to set up reliable circuits for inter-city or remote-to-network connections.

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Enhanced customer care tools: New self-care solutions

August 31, 2011 8:35 pm | by Chris Busch, CTO of Incognito Software | Comments

Consumers are adopting IP devices at a rapid clip and want connectivity for them. But what if something goes wrong with that connectivity?

In Perspective - Opportunity Mocks

August 31, 2011 8:30 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Google paid a pretty penny to secure Moto’s vast patent portfolio to protect its Android operating system...

Memory Lane - Parallel Lines

August 31, 2011 8:25 pm | by Stewart Schley Media & technology writer, Denver, Colo. | Comments

Looking back, it’s apparent that 2001 was the start of something big. Since then, the landline phone category has lost more than 17 percent of its subscriber base.

Open Mic - The Market Imperative to Cable IP Migration

August 31, 2011 8:20 pm | by Jeff Brooks Vice president of business development at Arris | Comments

The question of how MSOs can best deploy Internet Protocol technology to remain competitive represents a formidable, strategic planning challenge.

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Engineering-Wise - Sustained!

August 31, 2011 8:15 pm | by Mark Dzuban President and CEO of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers | Comments

Not that I need another excuse to get on the sustainability soapbox, but there are plenty of reasons why it’s a timely subject for this column.

Capital Currents - FCC is Tilting at Windmills

August 31, 2011 8:10 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

The FCC is fighting a futile battle. The battleground is VoIP phone service, and victory would be automatically determining the caller’s location when an E911 emergency call is made.

Web Extras - September 20011

August 31, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

Webinars: Transcoding for TV Everywhere & Cable Wi-Fi – Enabling more than customer retention... White Papers: Azuki Systems, VeEx & Juniper Networks... Daily News & Blogs from CED Magazine.

Ensuring Quality of Service for OTT

July 31, 2011 9:05 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Having to ensure quality for OTT was not really widely anticipated, and it might be possible to blame network neutrality agitators for that.

Up Front - August 2011

July 31, 2011 9:00 pm | Comments

CommScope, Alpha, SCTE create backup power system; SCTE making progress on ‘green’ standards; Report: Internet-Connected TV Sales to Surpass Game Console Sales; Pew: One-third of U.S. adults own a smartphone; IDC: Tablet sales down 28% in Q1.

QoS - Raising Service Quality with Router Integrated Monitoring

July 31, 2011 8:55 pm | by Ralph Bachofen, Vice President of Sales and Head of Marketing at Triveni Digital | Comments

For some years, quality has been a key selling point for service providers and multiple system operators seeking to differentiate their brands from the competition, and the more diversified viewing habits and delivery platforms become, the more the delivered quality of service is a major concern for providers.

NDS - Video Security Evolves for Content On the Fly

July 31, 2011 8:50 pm | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Comments

Jesper Knutsson, vice president and general manager of sales at NDS Group, recently took some time for a phone call from Copenhagen to discuss a range of topics with CED.

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