With IP-based video technology maturing, there is a growing number of smaller companies able to provide subscribers in their typically exurban-to-rural areas with services and features that include larger packages of top-ranked channels (with more of those channels in HD), multi-room DVR, TV Everywhere-type services and hybrid features like Caller ID on TV.
Cable operators, telecom carriers, satellite providers and other service providers are racing to build the infrastructure necessary for delivering any program, on-demand or live, to any device at any time and over any access network. Being first to market with that ability could be a tremendous advantage.
Cable operators may have a golden opportunity in the business services market. Old-style PBXs in the enterprise equipment market are gradually being updated to IP PBXs. On the one hand, some new IP-based services are possible with these new systems. On the other hand, however, TDM trunking of those IP PBXs is still the predominant method of interconnection.
Whether the delivery agent is Coca-Cola, coffee or chocolate, a solid jolt of caffeine has fueled the creation of many a technology breakthrough. So it’s only fitting that the first known demonstration of an Internet-delivered photo stream involved the popular stimulant.
While not every operator has rolled out a complete multi-screen TV Everywhere service offering, there is certainly sufficient activity worldwide for us to say that TV Everywhere is truly here. In fact, forward-thinking operators are already planning “what’s next” when it comes to TV Everywhere.
Dean Kamen is keynoting SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. There’s no way to say that without it sounding like a promotional announcement, but maybe that’s what it should be. Because no matter how innovative we are – and, trust me, my hat is off to the cable community when it comes to new approaches – no one exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation like Kamen.
As those of us who participate in industry standards development are continually reminded, since standards have strategic and competitive importance, they must be developed using fair methods by committees that allow wide participation and consider all proposals.
Nagra and Harmonic are working on the first commercial MPEG-DASH OTT service, Verimatrix unveiled VCAS for DASH, SeaWell introduced an MPEG-DASH-based system that provides ad insertion, Miranda launched the Nvision 920 and an upgraded Nvision 8140, RGB showed off its new TransAct Encoder/Transcoder, and GreenPeak launched the new GP710.
Harmonic released the Spectrum MediaDeck 7000 SSD integrated media server, Incognito Software announced the latest version of its Service Activation Center, and Broadcom introduced a chip for DOCSIS 3.0 gateways that offer 1 Gbps Wi-Fi.
Boston-based Ramp pulled in $15 million in a recent round of financing, which included Comcast Ventures among the investors. The Series C round of financing brought the total capital raised to date to $40 million for Ramp. Ramp specializes in software-as-a-service (SaaS).
Cable One has picked SubscriberWise’s subscriber analytics and decision management platform in order to improve customer service to its subscribers. Cable One will use SubscriberWise’s risk management and target marketing system to support its growing cable and digital technology goals and operations.
Time Warner Cable said that it planned to shed its entire 7.8 percent stake in Clearwire. It gave Clearwire's other investors the option to buy the 46.4 million shares first, before they went up for grabs by the public. Sprint is currently Clearwire's largest investor.
Global sales of policy management software for wireless and fixed-line networks grew 41 percent last year and are on a similar trajectory so far this year. Long term, the market will top $1.9 billion by 2016, according to a study by Infonetics Research.
In the family of customer premises equipment (CPE), digital transport adapters (DTAs) may lack cachet when compared with the latest set-top boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs) and gateways, but DTAs are playing an increasingly important role in cable operator deployments.
There have always been hackers, but as computer and telecom networks merge and become more extensive and interconnected, it seems that the incidence of hacking is increasing. But the point is that no organization should feel cocky about its security.
Comcast and its NBCUniversal subsidiary are taking a stake in zeebox, the maker of a so-called "second screen" app that people can fiddle with on mobile devices while they watch TV. The U.S. cable giant isn't saying how much it's putting into the company.
Mediacom Communications plans to deploy a whole-home/multi-screen service across its footprint throughout 2013. The MSO will base the service initially on four-tuner TiVo DVRs, and it will later give its subscribers the option of using a six-tuner version from Pace when that box becomes available.
Xfinity WiFi now provides wireless Internet access in select cities in northern and central California, plus Santa Barbara County, including: the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Fresno, Monterey, Santa Maria and Chico. Comcast said it would continue to add more hotspots in California.
Dish Network said it will launch a satellite broadband service targeted at rural consumers with slow Internet connections. The service is based on a satellite launched by Dish’s sister company EchoStar earlier this year. The dishNet service will be available in both rural and suburban areas.
The FCC is poised to allow LTE service in the long-unused 2.3 GHz Wireless Communications Services (WCS) band, clearing the way for AT&T's plan to use the spectrum for its LTE network. Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's office said the agency would vote on revisions to its WCS rules at its next open meeting.
Hitachi has developed a nearly indestructible medium for storing digital information, using quartz glass that has the potential for practical use in any commercial digital system. Hitachi’s quartz-based memory medium is waterproof and can endure extreme temperatures and other hostile conditions.
With gobs of video downloaded and consumed around the home on various devices, Wi-Fi networks have needed to up their game. Celeno has been working on high-performance chips to enable the distribution of video streams, including HD, to set-top boxes, tablets, wireless TVs, DVRs, laptops and other devices.
Sky News Arabia has deployed Envivio’s Muse software-based encoders for its real-time Web streaming service. The broadcaster, based in Abu Dhabi, uses the Envivio video processing solution to compress and stream its live video content to its website for OTT viewing on PCs and mobile devices by people around the world.
Cisco Systems trimmed CEO John Chambers' pay package by 9 percent as concerns about growth at the maker of computer networking equipment weighed on the company's stock. The value of Chambers' compensation totaled $11.7 million, down from nearly $12.9 million.
WICT’s 2012 Tech It Out Conference is designed to bring together thought leaders in technology from both inside and outside the cable industry. With its expanded hours, the Tech It Out Conference allows dedicated time for leadership training, as well as a guided group tour of select SCTE exhibits.