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Level 3, Comcast spat could get ugly

November 30, 2010 9:54 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The ultimate question: Who pays for Netflix streaming?

Notes from TelcoTV

November 10, 2010 11:13 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Verizon may have placed the keynote speaker at TelcoTV, but this show is really about Tier II and Tier III providers, a bunch of scrappers ready to beg, borrow and steal if that's what it takes to get into the video business.

9 seconds to Authentication Everywhere

October 1, 2010 11:38 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Could this be the key to everything?

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Giant killer bugs from D.C.

August 12, 2010 11:05 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The Verizon/Google proposal is the kind of nonsense cable should root for.

It's no usage in cable

July 1, 2010 8:45 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Tekelec encourages Camiant's mobile aspirations, however.

Smoke monsters

June 16, 2010 10:49 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

AT&T is joining many other broadband service providers threatening to cut back on capital spending if the FCC moves forward with its plan to reassert its authority over broadband.

Time Warner stands up to bullies

June 14, 2010 9:39 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable is continuing to hold its ground in its standoff with the U.S. Copyright Group.

You must remember THIS ...

May 28, 2010 10:16 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Canoe Ventures has licensed This Technology’s placement opportunity information service (POIS) software, called SpotBuilder.

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Esser’s Cox is leaving a legacy

May 11, 2010 11:17 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Cox yesterday officially unveiled the new user interface (UI) and program guide it’s been working on with NDS for more than a year. By virtue of being based on tru2way, that UI won’t – can’t – be available on Cox’s oldest legacy boxes.

DirecTV: You know, CableCards DO suck

April 30, 2010 10:50 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The idea behind CableCards wasn’t a bad one, really. No one argues against giving consumers more choices that can lead to better service.

Everywhere TV

April 19, 2010 9:07 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

TellyTopia has come up with the complete inverse of – and what sounds like a perfect complement to – the TV Everywhere and Sling concepts. At least one major East Coast MSO is planning to deploy it, the company says.

Smart Grid and broadband

April 9, 2010 10:30 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The premise behind the Smart Grid concept is that power consumption can be monitored, managed and controlled. In other words, the energy network should be a two-way network. In other other words, the power network is going to act like a communications network.

This ain’t competition

March 21, 2010 9:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Verizon filed two patent infringement suits against Cablevision this week. Cablevision doesn’t want to comment beyond calling it a nuisance suit, and Verizon doesn’t want to comment beyond a statement that raises more questions than it answers.

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Republican loses his sanity over broadband

March 5, 2010 9:20 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Republican lawmakers are attacking the Obama administration’s broadband stimulus program. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) questioned the program’s cost, its effectiveness and its efficiency in a formal statement at a House subcommittee meeting.

Game changing at Motorola

March 1, 2010 8:39 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Big changes at Motorola. Home & Networks Mobility is going to be bundled with the handset division whether or not the handset operation gets sold. And if Joe Cozzolino can pull it off, you can kiss the CMTS goodbye –

Reviving a Cheetah

February 22, 2010 8:11 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

There’s only so much that cable companies can squeeze capex, so it’s only natural that they have been turning their attention to opex. That puts a premium on making sure operations are running efficiently. Meanwhile, intensifying competition means always having to say you’re sorry for the slightest of glitches (don’t even mention outages), which also puts a premium on operational efficiency.

Comcast’s class-action setback

January 12, 2010 9:20 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Comcast lost a procedural matter in court recently, the practical result being that a class-action lawsuit filed against the MSO will continue to be prosecuted.

Home networking to get easier. And harder.

December 8, 2009 9:39 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Two new home networking standards – G.hn and WHDI – are on the way. Each has its respective champions, who expect to not just earn a place beside MoCA, Wi-Fi, HPNA, Ethernet, HDMI, HomePlug, UWB and other extant communications standards, but to eventually supplant most of them.

The NCTA’s FCC bid to kill CableCards

December 7, 2009 9:33 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Ready for another punishing debate about CableCards? The new version of the FCC is, according to the NCTA.

TV Everywhere – literally this time

November 3, 2009 8:03 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Sling Media wants to point out that if you want all TV literally everywhere, well then TV Everywhere is profoundly misnamed. On the other hand, Sling can give cable the ability to get TV literally everywhere with its new Sling-enabled, tru2way-based cable HD DVR.

CALM yourself

October 12, 2009 11:36 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Decades and decades ago, TV viewers began to treat commercial breaks not as extraordinary opportunities to increase their brand loyalty as was their duty, but as opportunities for unauthorized activities that took them out of earshot of their TVs, such as fetching bowls of crab meat & Jell-o salad.

Network neutrality: Consideration and froth

September 22, 2009 10:40 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski formally put the communications industry on notice that network neutrality regulations of some sort are going to be adopted. Various interests began jockeying for position immediately, ranging from the cable industry’s admonitory caution for a deliberately measured policy to the unequivocal opposition from free-market absolutists.

Can cable get smart?

September 18, 2009 12:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Light and deft, and technology is represented by a human who actually had something to do with the technology. This is something we should see more of.

Somebody buy somebody already!

September 10, 2009 10:55 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Ever since the D.C. Court of Appeals killed the notion of ownership caps, people have been speculating about cash-rich Comcast buying another cable company. Some are openly agitating for it, in fact. That, in turn, is giving rise to speculation of counter-maneuvers by rivals.

Think global, and acting is always local

September 4, 2009 10:08 am | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

You’ve contributed to rebuilding projects in New Orleans. You’ve helped bring broadband to schools. You’ve extended broadband to rural areas desperate for a means to grow.

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