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Transparent caching catching on

August 29, 2013 4:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Transparent caching is essentially edge caching, ultimately on behalf of OTT providers.  Several companies have solutions in which they cut deals with either the MVPDs or with the CDNs to do transparent caching. The amount of equipment that needs to be added can be minimized, and the improvement in quality of service (QoS) ultimately benefits everyone all up and down the value chain.

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August 20, 2013 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The cloud is being sold as the greatest innovation since the food industry started building zip-lock technology into the packages of everything from hot dogs to shredded cheese, but there have been concerns: can cloud computing scale to cover hundreds of thousands of subscribers, and aren’t you just courting trouble by automatically building in too much delay? But the world is safe for the cloud, according to ActiveVideo.

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RDK Management a good move by TWC, Comcast

August 15, 2013 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With the formation of RDK Management, Comcast and Time Warner Cable not only reaffirmed their own commitment in regards to developing new boxes on the Comcast RDK, but also signaled to the rest of the cable industry that the RDK was truly an open community.

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OTT: an entree with a side of IPDR

July 31, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Incognito Software just released data that pretty much settles the “over-the-top: friend or foe?” debate, at least in North America. OTT is has widely come to be seen as an opportunity, and MVPDs are actively preparing for it. Part of that preparation is learning how to deliberately collect, store, and analyze IPDR data.

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UPC offering separate neighborhood SSID Wi-Fi access

July 2, 2013 11:53 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While Comcast announced last month that it would open up a separate, public Wi-Fi network on customers’ home gateways, Liberty Global’s UPC Netherlands also has second SSIDs enabled. Since most of UPC’s  cable plant is underground, it needed to find another way to turn on more Wi-Fi hotspots. 

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Charter ♥s Time Warner Cable!

June 28, 2013 12:32 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The merger & acquisition boys are bored and frustrated, and that can spell trouble. The way these guys work is that stuff has to happen and it doesn’t much matter what it is. So now the rumor mill is churning that Charter Communications, prompted by new investor Liberty Media, might buy Time Warner Cable. Or Cablevision. Or both!

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Comcast’s Wi-Fi wish list: Hotspot 2.0, 160 MHZ spectrum

June 10, 2013 10:41 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While Wi-Fi has cemented itself as the go-to strategy for enabling mobile broadband, there’s bigger and better technology on the horizon. Tom Nagel, Comcast’s senior vice president of business development, would like to add a couple of things to his Wi-Fi playlist.

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Aereo: Cable’s retrans friend

April 12, 2013 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

It was a busy week for Aereo, including comments that emerged from broadcasters at the NAB conference in Las Vegas. Aereo’s business model is a direct threat to broadcasters, but if it emerges victorious in court it could be beneficial to some cable operators. One cable operator executive said that Aereo’s use case was “more of an opportunity than a threat for the MSOs.”

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An itch for telecom reform

March 15, 2013 2:46 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

More than two decades after the Cable Act of 1992, and almost that long since the Telecommunications Act of 1996, it appears that the sentiment that it’s time for wide-ranging, substantive telecom reform is beginning to coalesce among legislators.

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Bundlebums

February 27, 2013 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cablevision’s antitrust suit against Viacom is long overdue, but it might also be too late. Trends are leading the industry is heading toward an a la carte model, which promises to undermine programmers’ ability to bundle. The question is: how long will the suit drag out?

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Milius and milestones

February 8, 2013 5:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Ray Milius and his team are responsible for engineering matters at Starz. Starz is not among the largest programmers, but it frequently is among the first programmers to adopt new technologies. Recently, Ray and his team got Starz into TV Everywhere with its Encore and MoviePlex On Demand And Play services.

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TWC will continue to cull network herd; Britt defends sports deals

January 31, 2013 2:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said on a fourth-quarter and year-end earnings conference call that the nation’s second-largest cable operator would continue to take a hard look at channels that don’t add value to its video packages. TWC cut the arts and entertainment channel Ovation from its lineup last month.

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SCTE cancels Canadian Summit

January 17, 2013 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Citing the cost of travel and the goal of maximizing members’ time and the organization’s efficiency, the STCE board of directors is currently evaluating a virtual version of the Canadian Summit for this year while looking at the timing, location and format for 2014 and beyond.

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An industry insider’s thoughts on Arris’ pickup of Motorola

December 21, 2012 1:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

According to Needham and Co. analyst Richard Valera, Arris stands to triple its sales and double its EPS while adding $2 billion in debt. All well and good, but how Arris goes about executing its merger strategy with the much larger Motorola Home assets remains a work in progress.

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Comcast deploys HD DTAs, ponders TR-069

December 19, 2012 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has started a phased deployment of HD digital transport adapters (HD DTAs) in subscribers’ homes ahead of ultimately having the devices across its entire footprint. HD DTAs allow customers to access HD signals without the frills of VOD, PPV, etc.

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