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Liberty Global’s Fries: ‘Thanks Netflix’

September 24, 2014 2:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

When Netflix dropped into Liberty Global’s European footprint, Liberty CEO and president Mike Fries said it prodded his company to innovate and grow. Fries, who spoke with Comcast executive vice president and CTO during a keynote Expo session Wednesday morning, said the cable industry across the globe needed to collaborate and continue to scale in order to compete with hyper-giants such as Google and Netflix.


TWC’s LaJoie offers up cable career advice

September 24, 2014 2:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After 21 years in the cable industry, Time Warner Cable’s Mike LaJoie has plenty of career advice for anyone in the cable industry. LaJoie, who is retiring at the end of the year, shared his thoughts during the opening general session “Tips from the top—from to cube to corner office” at Expo with long-time friend Yvette Kanouff.


Cox Business launches SMB gateway and guest Wi-Fi service

September 24, 2014 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The new gateway providesSMBs with a networking solution that provides connectivity for their own employees. An ancillary gateway can be used to provide separate access for guests who visit their offices or customers who visit their stores.


Nair named program chair for Cable-Tec ’15 in New Orleans

September 24, 2014 11:32 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Balan Nair, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Liberty Global, will serve as the program committee chairman for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2015. Expo is returning to New Orleans next year; it’s scheduled for October 13-16.


Acheson wins SCTE Member of the Year

September 23, 2014 6:04 pm | by Craig Kuhl | Comments

A stunned Bob Acheson of San Bruno Cable TV in Sunnyvale, Calif. humbly accepted SCTE’s prestigious Member of the Year Award during the organization’s annual awards luncheon Tuesday. The sales and marketing exec, who began his cable career more than 20 years ago, has volunteered his time to advance many causes, both in and out of the cable industry during his work with SCTE and San Bruno Cable.


Cable’s cloud forecast: hybrid model

September 23, 2014 5:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

When it comes to cloud environments, cable operators would do well to go with a hybrid model for a variety of reasons, according to a keynote panel Tuesday morning at Expo. Comcast executive vice president and chief technology officer Tony Werner moderated the panel “Cable’s cloud forecast: More apps and infrastructure,” which included a discussion on the role that dev ops and agile developments played in the cloud setting. 


Full Channel’s Griffin nabs IP Challenge championship

September 23, 2014 4:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Full Channel’s Jamie Griffin emerged as the winner in the 2014 SCTE IP Challenge that concluded Monday night. Griffin took top honors over eight other contestants to become this year’s champion. Griffin, of Barrington, R.I., is director of technology with Full Channel. 


Ericsson buys majority stake in Apcera

September 23, 2014 12:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Ericsson said the acquistion of Apcera's PaaS will allow it to deliver complete cloud automation to run all workloads and use cases, while providing complete control for infrastructure. The company hopes to extend the same approach into operator and enterprise clouds.


Casa debuts CMTS version for smaller headends

September 23, 2014 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The C40G is a highly available, fully redundant, I-CCAP platform that enables MSOs to deploy MPEG video, IPTV, and DOCSIS over a single port.  It uses all of the existing C100G CCAP modules including: the downstream module; switching module; and upstream modules. 


This Technology standardizes SCTE-35 signals

September 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

This Technology announced Congruity Intelligent Signal Processor (iSP) for efficient management of SCTE-35 cues across all delivery platforms. The latest addition to This Technology's portfolio features cloud-based software that normalizes the wide variances of SCTE-35 messages MVPDs receive from programmers.


Carrier grade Wi-Fi poised for liftoff

September 23, 2014 8:22 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With Wi-Fi access points multiplying exponentially, service providers need to find better ways to manage their networks while providing the best user experience possible. During the SCTE’s pre-conference symposium on Monday, CableLab’s Mark Poletti and ZCorum’s Scott Helms went over how to build better Wi-Fi networks, both in public places and in customers’ homes.


Cordova re-elected chairman of SCTE board

September 23, 2014 8:11 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced at the Cable-Tec Expo show in Denver that Sudddenlink chief technology officer and executive vice president Terry Cordova was re-elected chairman of the board for the upcoming 2014-2015 term. During the meeting, the board thanked Mike LaJoie, executive president and CTO of Time Warner Cable, for his service, including two years as chair.


DRM evolving but still a work in progress

September 23, 2014 1:10 am | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | Comments

From Cable-Tec Expo: For DRM to take its rightful place at the top of the content security pyramid, there must be a convergence of creative new business models and enabling technologies, and all with the changing expectations of the consumer in mind.


Just moving to D3.1 modems can be a huge benefit

September 23, 2014 12:48 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

From Cable-Tec Expo: Thirty percent of QAMs would be able to go to 2048 QAM without doing anything to your network. “Take your system, with no changes except putting in 3.1, you can get a 46 percent expansion of capacity over the DOCSIS 3.0 network.”


Software upgrade jumps Cisco’s CMTS downstream count

September 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cisco's new 6 Gigabit Shared Port Adapter (6G SPA) is a software upgrade of the 3G SPA line card for its uBR10012 Universal Broadband Router CMTS. With the upgrade, the number of downstream channels available for the uBR10K jumps from a total of 1,152 to 1,728, without any additional rack space.



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