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The NCTA’s FCC bid to kill CableCards

December 7, 2009 9:33 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Ready for another punishing debate about CableCards? The new version of the FCC is, according to the NCTA.


NBCU deal: Comcast in bed with Hulu

December 3, 2009 8:34 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After months of courting, Comcast has finally consummated its deal with General Electric to become the majority partner in NBC Universal, which means Comcast is now a part owner in NBCU offspring Hulu.


On deck: TWC brews On Channel On Demand

November 17, 2009 8:03 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

At last month’s CTAM Summit in Denver, Time Warner Cable executive Peter Stern mentioned that the nation’s second-largest cable operator was working on the next step for subscribers after Start Over and Look Back.


DOCSIS 3.0 vs. DOCSIS 3.0

November 3, 2009 8:26 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Yesterday’s news that RCN, through its RCN Business Services division, was launching a DOCSIS 3.0 service for small- to medium-size businesses was noteworthy for several reasons, not the least of which was that it appears competing DOCSIS 3.0 services will be available in the same areas for the first time in North America.


TV Everywhere – literally this time

November 3, 2009 8:03 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Sling Media wants to point out that if you want all TV literally everywhere, well then TV Everywhere is profoundly misnamed. On the other hand, Sling can give cable the ability to get TV literally everywhere with its new Sling-enabled, tru2way-based cable HD DVR.


CALM yourself

October 12, 2009 11:36 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Decades and decades ago, TV viewers began to treat commercial breaks not as extraordinary opportunities to increase their brand loyalty as was their duty, but as opportunities for unauthorized activities that took them out of earshot of their TVs, such as fetching bowls of crab meat & Jell-o salad.


Despite economy, RCN Metro Optical finding sweet spot

October 7, 2009 9:27 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While the economy is still a dark cloud, RCN Metro Optical Networks has found a ray of sunshine with its new network ring that will connect colocation facilities and financial exchanges in New York and New Jersey.


Clarifying Comcast’s 100 Mbps deployment in Seattle

September 30, 2009 10:22 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast is in the process of deploying its DOCSIS 3.0-enabled, 100 Mbps downstream tier for businesses in the Seattle area, but the nation’s largest cable operator isn’t saying when it will be launched.


Network neutrality: Consideration and froth

September 22, 2009 10:40 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski formally put the communications industry on notice that network neutrality regulations of some sort are going to be adopted. Various interests began jockeying for position immediately, ranging from the cable industry’s admonitory caution for a deliberately measured policy to the unequivocal opposition from free-market absolutists.


Can cable get smart?

September 18, 2009 12:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Light and deft, and technology is represented by a human who actually had something to do with the technology. This is something we should see more of.


TV here, there, everywhere on Internet

September 11, 2009 10:24 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

For now, at least, AT&T has decided that Hulu is the lesser of two evils when it comes to launching its own Web portal for Internet video.


Somebody buy somebody already!

September 10, 2009 10:55 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Ever since the D.C. Court of Appeals killed the notion of ownership caps, people have been speculating about cash-rich Comcast buying another cable company. Some are openly agitating for it, in fact. That, in turn, is giving rise to speculation of counter-maneuvers by rivals.


Think global, and acting is always local

September 4, 2009 10:08 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

You’ve contributed to rebuilding projects in New Orleans. You’ve helped bring broadband to schools. You’ve extended broadband to rural areas desperate for a means to grow.


Whither CableLabs?

September 1, 2009 10:11 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Two of CableLabs’ most recent mega-projects – DOCSIS 3.0 and tru2way – are well into the implementation stage. Dick Green, who directed the operation for almost as long as it’s existed, has passed the torch to Paul Liao. Now what?


Rogers has own flavor for D3 deployment

August 20, 2009 9:53 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While DOCSIS 3.0 deployments have yet to fall into the “ho hum” category, they are becoming more common with the larger cable operators, but give Rogers Communications credit for coming up with its own forward-looking twist on its recent D3 rollout.



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