Broadband Briefs for 04/01/09

Wed, 04/01/2009 - 8:00am

In the media: TWC bandwidth caps
By Brian Santo

After testing bandwidth caps, Time Warner Cable is ready to institute caps across all of its systems.

BusinessWeek reports the MSO will begin consumption-based billing in Greensboro, N.C.; Austin and San Antonio in Texas, and in Rochester, N.Y., by the summer (story here).

TWC customers will be charged from $29.95 to $54.90 per month based on data consumption and desired connection speed. Customers will be charged $1 for each gigabyte (GB) over their plan's cap. Time Warner Cable offers four cap levels of 5, 10, 20 and 40 GB.

OpenTV, This Technology display advanced ad management solution
By Traci Patterson

This Technology and OpenTV are demonstrating advanced advertising management capabilities at CableNet this week. The demonstration will show MetaMore and SpotBuilder, This Technology's content and advertising supply management solution, integrated with OpenTV’s EclipsePlus campaign management product, across delivery methods that include on-demand, time-shifted and linear.

The solution integrates order processing, inventory management, ad insertion and delivery systems using both standard and extended interfaces built on the newly adopted SCTE 130 standards.

“The continued roll-out of advanced advertising has emerged as a top priority for cable operators and their success will be directly tied to their ability to provide all stakeholders with complete control over both advertising inventory supply, contract demand and campaign fulfillment,” said Jeffrey Sherwin, founder of This Technology. “This Technology and OpenTV are committed to delivering solutions that enable cable operators to easily maximize revenue for available ad spots, operationalize new forms of advanced advertising and reduce costs associated with metadata management, to continue moving the industry’s advanced advertising play forward.”

RGB to demo BNP, DBM, Modulator
By Traci Patterson

At The Cable Show this week, RGB Networks is demonstrating how its Broadcast Network Processor (BNP), Dynamic Bandwidth Manager (DBM) and Universal Scalable Modulator (Modulator) can work together to deliver a complete lineup of bandwidth-optimized high-definition (HD), standard definition (SD) and video-on-demand (VOD) programming with digital ad insertion and overlays. 

The BNP aggregates multiple HD and SD programs, transrates each for maximum bandwidth efficiency and picture quality, and inserts local ads and digital overlays into these programs.

The DBM transrates VOD programs in real time to deliver 50 percent more VOD content per 6 MHz channel without impacting picture quality. And the USM takes in the HD, SD and VOD programs output from the BNP and DBM and modulates them all for delivery over the cable network.

“Cable operators are currently faced with the dilemma of having to ‘do more with less’ in order to combat competition, deliver more revenue-generating services, and do both with smaller budgets,” said Ramin Farassat, vice president of product marketing for RGB Networks. “Fortunately our products do indeed allow cable operators to do more with less.”

Mixed Signals shows off Sentry
By Traci Patterson

Mixed Signals is demonstrating the latest features of its Sentry content monitoring solution, including its Perceptual Scoring System and Executive Reporting Package, at The Cable Show this week.

The features build on Sentry’s content monitoring capabilities, enabling operators to identify and resolve video and audio errors that degrade subscribers’ QoE.

“Maintaining the best possible quality of experience is critical to achieving operational efficiencies, reducing costs and beating the competition,” said Eric Conley, CEO of Mixed Signals. “The new Perceptual Scoring System and Executive Reporting Package provide operators with the tools they need to improve profitability and customer satisfaction.”

Amdocs showcases tru2way tech
By Traci Patterson

Amdocs is demonstrating a prototype of its tru2way technology at The Cable Show this week in Washington, D.C. The demo will show how Amdocs’ technology can enable cable customers to self-activate services on a tru2way set-top box and cable-ready TVs.

The company is also highlighting its operational support systems (OSS) for cable broadband, what the company said is the only complete OSS portfolio for cable operators. The solution includes support for capacity planning and management, inventory and discovery, and the order-to-fulfillment process from service management to activation and assurance.

Amdocs is displaying its technologies at the CableNet showcase.

FLO TV expands into more markets 
By Monica Alleven, Wireless Week

Qualcomm’s FLO TV is tackling one of its big challenges – coverage – head on with the launch of its service in 19 more markets around the country. The expansion, coming ahead of the DTV transition in June, is a precursor to its nationwide expansion, which will reach more than 200 million consumers in 100 U.S. markets by the end of this year.

FLO TV’s service now covers previously unserved portions of 16 existing markets and provides coverage for the first time in three new markets: Atlantic City, N.J.; Greensboro, N.C. and Wilmington, Del. The expansion is the result of approvals obtained from the FCC ahead of the DTV transition. Some TV stations are going ahead with their conversions even though the FCC pushed back the DTV transition deadline from February to June.

Existing service markets that will receive enhanced FLO coverage include: Austin, Texas; Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; the greater Los Angeles area; New York City; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Portland, Ore.; Reading, Pa.; San Antonio, Texas and St. Louis, Mo.

FLO TV also says it continues to expand service with the availability of tools and support for OEMs to integrate FLO TV on Windows Mobile platforms. FLO TV is available to AT&T subscribers as AT&T Mobile TV and to Verizon Wireless customers as V CAST Mobile TV in 68 markets nationwide.  

MTS Allstream rolls out MTS HDTV
By Traci Patterson

MTS Allstream has launched MTS HDTV to residents in Winnipeg, Canada.

MTS Allstream is the first company in Canada to launch a digital television service that includes technology from Alcatel-Lucent and the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV software platform.

Along with a lineup of more than 250 digital TV and music channels and features like video-on-demand, the new services include 30 HDTV channels, with more channels to come in 2009, a PVR, high-speed Internet service and an interactive program guide with built-in picture-in-picture.

More Broadband Direct 04/01/09:

•  From The Cable Show: And the show begins

•  Cox joins the DOCSIS 3.0 party 

•  From The Cable Show: Video is king when it comes to keeping subs
•  Comcast, itaas join for iTV
•  TWC taps Motorola for multi-room DVR
•  SureWest, TellyTopia launch video upload channel
•  From CTIA 2009: Clearwire showcases Wi-Fi hotspot expander
•  Cox names Bialis SVP of Western Division
•  Sprint offers enhanced services to ops
•  Comcast serves up more HD choices in New Jersey
•  Aurora intros 2 industry firsts: 8-wavelenght LcWDM, full RFPON platforms

•  Jungo takes aim at driving down DOCSIS 3.0 customer support costs 

•  Convergys upgrades OSS/BSS platform
•  ActiveVideo says interactive apps driving operator revenues
•  Openet paving cable's way to transaction model
•  Macrovision launches tru2way technologies
•  Drake intros hospitality headend
•  Imagine touts ICE platforms
•  From CTIA 2009: Samsung unveils WiMAX-capable device
•  From CTIA 2009: Alcatel-Lucent intros EPC for LTE
•  Broadband Briefs for 04/01/09



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