Broadband Briefs for 03/27/09

Fri, 03/27/2009 - 12:07pm
Traci Patterson

CableLabs’ Green joins Jones/NCTI board
By Traci Patterson

Jones/NCTI, which provides technical training courses for the cable industry, has added Richard Green, president and CEO of CableLabs, to its board of directors. Green has served as president and CEO of CableLabs for more than 20 years. Under his leadership, CableLabs managed and directed key technology achievements for the cable industry, including the expansion into high-speed data and telephony.

“[Green’s] knowledge and years of experience will undoubtedly benefit Jones/NCTI in its mission to educate and train professionals in the cable and broadband industries,” said Glenn R. Jones, executive chairman of the board and CEO and president of Jones/NCTI.  “His insight and deep understanding of cable technology will help Jones/NCTI elevate its training and education efforts. I’ve known [Green] for many years, and I greatly appreciate our professional and personal relationship. He will deliver valuable leadership and direction to Jones/NCTI as a member of the board.”

“With the rapid changes in technology taking place throughout the cable industry, it’s more important than ever to ensure employees working the front lines have the resources available to expand and enhance their knowledge of cable’s advanced services and products. In this regard, Jones/NCTI is the premier entity for educating and training cable professionals,” Green said. “I’m looking forward to becoming part of the distinguished team at Jones/NCTI.”

AmeriCorps NCCC to assist FCC with DTV transition assistance
By Traci Patterson

As part of the Federal Communications Commission’s DTV transition assistance effort, hundreds of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members will partner with the FCC to assist individuals who may have difficulty making the switch to digital television, the FCC and AmeriCorps NCCC announced today.

The AmeriCorps NCCC members will focus on groups the FCC has targeted for special attention, including low-income individuals, minority communities, non-English speaking consumers, senior citizens, consumers with disabilities, and individuals living in rural areas or tribal lands, the FCC said.

The NCCC will serve the effort, which will extend beyond June 12, the deadline for full-power broadcast stations to cease analog broadcast transmission. NCCC members will visit homes where individuals need help to connect their antennas and analog TVs to digital converter boxes, help consumers apply for the $40 converter box coupons, make presentations at community events, serve in walk-in DTV help centers and spread the word to over-the-air populations who haven’t yet taken steps necessary to continue watching television after June 12.

DS2, Works Systems offer home networking to IPTV providers
By Traci Patterson

DS2 and Works Systems are offering IPTV providers the TR-069-compliant home networking solution, which is based on both companies' technologies. TR-069 is a suite of standard protocols, created by the Broadband Forum, to manage end-user devices in broadband networks.

Several IPTV service providers, including Portugal Telecom, currently deploy this solution, which allows service providers to perform several remote management tasks, such as upgrading the embedded firmware of all DS2-based powerline adapters in the home network, uploading configuration parameters or performance logs to a central server to verify correct installation, and adding frequency notches to installed equipment.

"To succeed in today's competitive pay-TV market, service providers must meet subscribers' requirements for quality of experience. Many factors can have an impact on how users perceive the service, and the home network is one of the most important ones. We are very pleased to partner with Works Systems to offer IPTV service providers the possibility of deploying and managing powerline home networks in a cost-effective manner," said Pablo Gagliardo, DS2’s home networking product marketing manager.

Shentel to acquire North River assets
By Traci Patterson

Shenandoah Telecommunications Co. (Shentel) is set to purchase the assets of the North River Telephone Cooperative in Mount Solon, Va. North River has approximately 1,000 access lines and is located in northwestern Augusta County.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and a vote of North River Telephone Cooperative’s members.

Shentel provides telecommunications services through its operating subsidiaries, which offer telephony, Internet, cable TV and wireless services, as well as alarm monitoring and telecommunications equipment. In December, Shentel wrapped up its acquisition of cable assets and subscribers in Virginia and West Virginia from Rapid Communications.

RBC selects NDS for delivery of AT&T’s CruiseCast
By Traci Patterson

RaySat Broadcasting Corp. (RBC) announced yesterday that it had contracted with Harmonic to provide video compression and stream processing technologies to help enable the delivery of AT&T’s CruiseCast mobile TV service (story here), and today RBC has chosen NDS for the secure delivery of the CruiseCast service.

NDS’ complete solution includes VideoGuard conditional access technology, MediaHighway middleware, as well as its electronic program guide (EPG).

AT&T CruiseCast is a service that will provide 42 channels of satellite TV and radio to the rear-seat entertainment systems in vehicles. It uses technology that overcomes line-of-sight obstacles such as overpasses, buildings, trees or tunnels to deliver television programming to cars, non-commercial trucks and SUVs. The service was created through the collaboration of RBC and AT&T. RBC, a privately held U.S. company, is working with AT&T Business Development to introduce the new product to the marketplace.

More Broadband Direct 03/27/09:

•  Charter enters Chapter 11

•  ACA makes its play for broadband bucks 

•  Moto IRD performs bit-rate optimization
•  AT&T to start sending copyright warnings
•  Proxilliant debuts CAMS 2.0
•  Verizon touts backhaul support
•  Huawei poised to crack U.S. market?
•  Google ties video ads across Web platforms
•  Study: In-home TV viewing still dominates
•  Broadband Briefs for 03/27/09



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