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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.


Abracadabra at Keystone

August 11, 2009 9:34 am | by Traci Patterson | Comments

Imagine chucking your remote and just waving at your TV to get what you want. A technology that will enable that and much, much more – some of it a little creepy – prevailed as the innovation most likely to become a successful commercial product at the Innovation Showcase at CableLabs’ annual Summer Conference.


Comcast shoots, scores with Apple app

July 23, 2009 1:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has struck a nerve with its Apple App Store application that lets its subscribers access features of their triple-play services on the go through their iPhone or iPod Touch devices.


Now that’s long-tail content…

July 7, 2009 11:21 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

So in the course of cruising for cable-related news this morning, I found an item from the Charlotte Sun Herald in Florida about a new offering from Comcast that lets subscribers adopt cats via an on-demand channel.


No new tru2way deadline for MSOs

July 2, 2009 9:56 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After missing the deadline on Tuesday, there isn’t going to be a new one for the five cable operators who signed a memorandum of understanding with some of the leading consumer electronics companies.


Validation for Canoe Ventures

July 1, 2009 4:38 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

A new study on the weakness of brand loyalty among American consumers is worth the cable industry’s attention. Its conclusion is that targeted advertising can pay off in spades for national brands.



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