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Broadband Briefs for 5/15/07

Tue, 05/15/2007 - 8:23am
CED staff

* SCTE names Standards Award recipient
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced that Mark K. Eyer, director of systems, technology standards office, Sony Electronics, will receive the SCTE Excellence in Standards Award for 2007. 

The award was created to honor an SCTE Standards Program participant who has significantly contributed to both the technical standards program and the spirit of cooperation necessary for the success of voluntary standards.

Eyer is a participant in the SCTE Digital Video Subcommittee (DVS), whose charter is to explore the need for SCTE involvement in standards for digital video signal delivery through the coordination of efforts with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and other related organizations.

The SCTE also said that Kyle E. McSlarrow, president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), will deliver the keynote address at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2007 on Wednesday morning, June 20, during the Opening General Session.

* EGT encoders used in Florida cable system
Advanced Cable Communications has selected EGT's Quartet encoding systems for digital simulcast and digital program insertion (DPI) applications in its Coral Springs, Fla. system. Additionally, Advanced Cable Communications will utilize EGT's Orchestra Element Manager to monitor, manage and control its network.

* Level 3 expanding content delivery platform
Level 3 Communications’ Content Markets Group is launching caching and downloading services as a part of its content delivery platform. The new architecture enables customers to tap into large-scale server clusters, which are deployed to leverage the scale and reach of the Level 3 backbone, the company said.

* TiVo offers on-screen search capability
TiVo Inc. is releasing Swivel Search, which allows broadband-connected TiVo subs to link from descriptions of a certain program to any others that have common elements, such as the program’s name or actors, or from suggestions based on other viewers' feedback.

The swivel ability can take TiVo users from a TV show to an actor, and then to another actor that leads them to a different TV show they might enjoy. Subs can also find programming related to a specific subject.

* Wal-Mart stores stocking Skype hardware
Wal-Mart is offering Skype hardware in the Internet and voice communications areas of 1,800 stores throughout the country.

Wal-Mart shoppers have access to headsets, handsets and Webcams designed to work with Skype, as well as the first pre-paid Skype cards. Skype’s software-based VoIP app is used by 196 million registered users to make free voice and video calls, and send instant messages, via the Internet.

* Deep links: Comcast done with Microsoft program guide
Comcast’s system in the state of Washington will drop Microsoft’s TV software in favor of GuideWorks, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The Washington system was the only Comcast operation using the Microsoft software. Comcast said it is converging on a single guide across the country.

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