SCTE, NCTA, CableLabs combo on tech program

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 8:30am
Brian Santo

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and CableLabs are throwing in together for the first Spring Technical Forum at The Cable Show 2010 next week at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The three organizations are being pushed by the industry to coordinate more with each other, to become even more complementary than before. The collaboration will also condense the presentations during next week’s combination of shows.

The technical program at last year’s Cable Connection – Spring was really the SCTE Emerging Technologies Conference, supplemented by contributions to the week’s technical program from the NCTA and CableLabs.

This year, the three organizations are formalizing that relationship, combining, as the SCTE put it, “the forward-looking operations technology discussions from SCTE’s Conference on Emerging Technologies, the documentation of engineering prior art from the annual NCTA Technical Papers program, and the future services and architecture innovations from CableLabs.”

The result will be 10 panels scheduled throughout the three-day Cable Show.

“The cable industry is in the midst of significant technological changes that can benefit every operator, programmer and vendor,” said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of the SCTE. “By bringing the industry’s most distinguished leaders and thinkers together for a shared educational experience, our three organizations are increasing understanding of the benefits that these innovations can deliver for cable, and most importantly for our customers.”

Dzuban will moderate “Getting Energized: Good Ideas (& Profitable Approaches) for Managing Energy Consumption,” scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on May 13 in Room 408B. The panel will discuss ideas and tactics being explored and implemented today using existing technology for dealing with rising energy prices, as well as ways in which the industry can utilize alternative energy sources for longer-term impact on costs and the environment.

Other panels and presentation topics scheduled for the Spring Technical Forum include:

  • “Depth Perceptions: Technical Approaches for 3-D Video Integration” – May 11 at 11:30 a.m.
  • “Cloudy With a Chance of Breakthrough: New Models for IP Service Delivery” – May 11 at 3:15 p.m.
  • “Road Trip: Mapping Cable’s New-Tech Progression” – May 11 at 4:30 p.m.
  • “Quest for Quality: Optimization Approaches for the Digital Era” – May 12 at 7:30 a.m.
  • “Capacity for Change: Capacity Expansion in Theory & in Practice” – May 12 at 11 a.m.
  • “Generation Next: Inventing the Access Networks of Tomorrow” – May 12 at 2 p.m.
  • “Bit Players: Data, Software and the Cable Evolution” – May 12 at 3:30 p.m.
  • “EBIF: Delivering Cable’s iTV Foundation” – May 13 at 7:30 a.m.
  • “Strengthening the Bonds: DOCSIS 3.0 for Cable Technology Professionals” – May 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Admission to the Spring Technical Forum is included with The Cable Show 2010 registration, although a separate enrollment is required. Registration is open now at the show’s website.

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