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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.


CED tweets: Yes or no?

June 26, 2009 7:55 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Anybody out there want to follow CED on Twitter? Think on that for a second and I’ll be right back to you.


Heavy lifting begins on TV Everywhere

June 25, 2009 11:00 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Yesterday’s announcement that Time Warner and Comcast were consummating their relationship for TV Everywhere probably wasn’t much of a surprise given that Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has been talking up the concept for most of this year.


IPv6 train barreling down the tracks

June 19, 2009 9:48 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

There always seems to be a major engineering project looming on the horizon for cable operators. Two years ago it was the separable security mandate from the Federal Communications Commission; more recently it was the digital transition.


Wall Street carrying ESPN’s ball

June 16, 2009 5:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

It looks like Wall Street is going to encourage more of a type of deal between Web sites and ISPs that is arguably anti-competitive and anti-consumer. A deal between Disney/ESPN and Comcast last week elicited the objections of the American Cable Association. Now a prominent analyst with Pali Research has come out in favor of the ESPN maneuver, drawing the ACA’s ire.


CableLabs gets its man

June 15, 2009 6:07 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Roberts, who is also CableLabs’ board chairman, said that Liao, who is wrapping up a few final projects at Panasonic, brings a blend of intellectual, technological and real-world experience to his new position as CableLabs’ second president and CEO.


Cable is blind inside subscribers’ homes

June 12, 2009 9:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In the last year or so, the cable industry has started talking about anytime/anywhere communications. Cable either has a blind spot when it comes to the subject, or maybe it’s just drawing attention away from a weak spot.



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