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Divergent paths to TV everywhere

September 19, 2013 12:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

That service providers will have to deliver TV everywhere is a foregone conclusion, but a couple of recent announcements – one from Sling and another from TiVo – provided an interesting juxtaposition of alternatives of how to accomplish the feat.

Transparent caching catching on

August 29, 2013 4:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Transparent caching is essentially edge caching, ultimately on behalf of OTT providers.  Several companies have solutions in which they cut deals with either the MVPDs or with the CDNs to do transparent caching. The amount of equipment that needs to be added can be minimized, and the improvement in quality of service (QoS) ultimately benefits everyone all up and down the value chain.

Wait a sec...

August 20, 2013 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The cloud is being sold as the greatest innovation since the food industry started building zip-lock technology into the packages of everything from hot dogs to shredded cheese, but there have been concerns: can cloud computing scale to cover hundreds of thousands of subscribers, and aren’t you just courting trouble by automatically building in too much delay? But the world is safe for the cloud, according to ActiveVideo.

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OTT: an entree with a side of IPDR

July 31, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Incognito Software just released data that pretty much settles the “over-the-top: friend or foe?” debate, at least in North America. OTT is has widely come to be seen as an opportunity, and MVPDs are actively preparing for it. Part of that preparation is learning how to deliberately collect, store, and analyze IPDR data.

Charter ♥s Time Warner Cable!

June 28, 2013 12:32 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The merger & acquisition boys are bored and frustrated, and that can spell trouble. The way these guys work is that stuff has to happen and it doesn’t much matter what it is. So now the rumor mill is churning that Charter Communications, prompted by new investor Liberty Media, might buy Time Warner Cable. Or Cablevision. Or both!

Live From the Show: Cable Show 2013 intro

June 10, 2013 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

We're in Washington D.C., for the 2013 NCTA Cable Show. Eight of 10 buildings surrounding the convention center are being constructed, reconstructed, or deconstructed -- even the Washington monument is wreathed in scaffolding. There's a metaphor in there somewhere...

An itch for telecom reform

March 15, 2013 2:46 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

More than two decades after the Cable Act of 1992, and almost that long since the Telecommunications Act of 1996, it appears that the sentiment that it’s time for wide-ranging, substantive telecom reform is beginning to coalesce among legislators.

Bundlebums

February 27, 2013 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Cablevision’s antitrust suit against Viacom is long overdue, but it might also be too late. Trends are leading the industry is heading toward an a la carte model, which promises to undermine programmers’ ability to bundle. The question is: how long will the suit drag out?

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Milius and milestones

February 8, 2013 5:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Ray Milius and his team are responsible for engineering matters at Starz. Starz is not among the largest programmers, but it frequently is among the first programmers to adopt new technologies. Recently, Ray and his team got Starz into TV Everywhere with its Encore and MoviePlex On Demand And Play services.

Muni broadband with a twist

November 1, 2012 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Chicago intends to do what no American city even remotely its size has ever pulled off – get a municipal broadband network built. There isn’t a city in the country that doesn’t want better broadband infrastructure. Several cities, tiring of waiting for the market to create those networks, have attempted to build their own.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Kamen plans to change the world; LaJoie might help

October 18, 2012 4:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Dean Kamen tried and failed to change the world with the Segway personal transport. Now he’s taking another shot at it, this time with a 200-year-old technological curiosity, and with the unlikely encouragement of one of the cable industry’s technology leaders.

Cable doubles down on Wi-Fi

September 7, 2012 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. cable industry appears to have decided what its wireless strategy is: It is going to create a vast public Wi-Fi network that requisitions bandwidth from all the home routers it has installed and allocate it to public access. Broadcom is ready with software to enable the approach.

Tales from decrypt

July 26, 2012 3:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Just when the FCC was ready to consider lifting the ban on encryption for cable’s basic tier, along came Boxee throwing a wrench into the works.

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Comcast trades bandwidth cap for a threshold

May 17, 2012 5:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The MSO suspends its 250-GB-a-month usage allocation for all, effective immediately. On the way is a 300 GB allowance, plus the option to buy additional bandwidth.

Cable gets the lead out

May 11, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

CableLabs’ booth at the upcoming Cable Show will demonstrate how cable is moving at a gallop to innovate, with everything from augmented reality to a new way to tag and ID video content.

Messaging for fun, profit

May 1, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

A top 5 MSO installs Front Porch’s messaging system and gets a huge boost in response rates on mobile phone app.

Dyyno blows down cost barrier for TV Everywhere

April 17, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Using low-cost servers, Android-based set-tops and a cloud-based partner, Dyyno puts TV Everywhere within the reach of small operators.

CPE brought into IPv6 test process

March 23, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Laboratory will be testing gateways for IPv6 conformance during a mid-April testing event.

Cable’s not-Romney

February 9, 2012 4:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

And now it’s Boxee versus the cable industry, which should be making cable nervous. We’ve seen this David vs. Goliath thing before, with TiVo in the Boxee role, and it didn’t end well for cable.

Evolution on evolution

February 3, 2012 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The digital terminal adapter is one-way device, a limitation that both justifies its existence and bars it from being a long-term solution. From its introduction, the DTA has been considered a dead end – a very, very useful device – but a dead end. Evolution Digital thinks maybe not.

'Tis the season to be jerked around

January 3, 2012 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable once again has found itself in a nasty retransmission rights battle, this time with the MSG Network, which pulled its programming from the MSO's lineup.

What to do in Hotlanta

November 14, 2011 11:37 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

If you've got a minute to spare during your time in Atlanta for Cable-Tec Expo 2011 and don't know where to venture, try one of these places recommended by industry folk.

Google angling to enter MVPD biz

November 4, 2011 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The company has long talked about being in the TV business. The issue was whether it would voluntarily restrict itself to over-the-top (OTT) content or attempt to compete with multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

A shave and a service cut – two bits

October 26, 2011 12:12 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

People still fear that cord-cutting may yet develop into a phenomenon, but the evidence is that it isn’t happening much.

Customer service debacle

October 17, 2011 2:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

There's a large MVPD out there with a customer service problem. The question is whether the problem is with one guy or with the entire customer care organization. 

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