Musings, observations and some notes that didn't make it into last week's coverage of the SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.
The stock of wireless broadband network operator Clearwire is plunging after a report quoted its chief executive as saying that the company is weighing whether to make a large debt payment on Dec. 1.
CableLabs is establishing a new lab dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of cable customer premises equipment.
Motorola Mobility's shareholders approved Google's $12.5 billion buyout deal at a special meeting on Thursday, clearing a key hurdle for the closing of the deal.
A key congressional intelligence committee has opened an investigation into national security threats posted by Chinese-owned telecommunications companies working in the United States, specifically Huawei and ZTE.
Attendance for this week's Cable-Tec Expo topped the 10,000 mark, while Monday's first-ever Capacity Management Symposium exceeded attendance expectations.
From a field of 28 contestants, Comporium Group's Greg Brakefield emerged as the overall winner of the SCTE International Cable-Tec Games earlier this week.
Midcontinent Communications has extended its DTN platform for its latest backbone network expansion, connecting the systems in Minnesota that Midcontinent picked up with its acquisition of US Cable.
More than 25 million current and former Netflix subscribers are being offered a sliver of a $27.5 million payment to settle allegations that the video subscription service and Wal-Mart illegally conspired to inflate prices to rent and buy DVDs.
Alpha Technologies is announcing a significant expansion of its Power Services offering, including the installation, construction and preventative maintenance of critical network power equipment.
Harmonic updated its mid-range multichannel media server with solid-state drive (SSD) storage. Separately, the company rehired Matthew Aden to head up sales to MSOs in North America.
Incognito Software and Applied Broadband said they are partnering on a subscriber consumption management solution for cable operators, which are struggling with the issue of provisioning the growing number of IP devices being used by consumers.
Internet phone service Skype is letting users of its computer-based software make video calls to their Facebook friends and receive them, too.
The 2011 class of Pacesetter Award recipients represent innovators in a number of endeavors crucial to the competitive viability of cable operators around the world, including business services, optical networking and multi-screen delivery.
Late last night, Cox Communications announced that effective today, it will no longer sell its 3G wireless service, although it will continue to provide the service to its customers until March 30.
While there may not be a clear theme emerging from this week's Cable-Tec Expo, it was standing room only at the IP Video Transition technical workshop.
Verizon Wireless' LTE network will continue to speed ahead of AT&T when it launches in 14 new cities and expands in four existing markets tomorrow.
In a Cable-Tec Expo that has largely lacked breaking news, Cox provided the two biggest nuggets to date: It’s launching a live streaming service, called Cox TV Connect, during the holiday season, and separately, it has pulled the plug on its wireless phone service.
The SCTE bestowed one of its highest honors – certainly its most secret one – to Charter Communications’ vice president of field operations Tom Gorman, naming him 2011 SCTE Member of the Year.
Arris and Cisco are pursuing a common wavelength management plan in the C-band (1550 nm), hoping that together they can head off potential problems as operators start migrating to multi-wavelength delivery using that band.
The MSO CTO Panel gave an overview of where the cable industry is at in terms of battling the competition, serving the customers and building out new networks.
In the past, the biggest pain point for cable was often bandwidth management, or dealing with HDTV or the digital transition. Now? The biggest pain point is competition.
Multi-screen delivery is about as complicated an endeavor as an operator can get involved in, requiring the involvement of almost every aspect of the business, from network engineering to call centers to the legal department.
There are a lot of operational hurdles to consider when it comes to offering a true multi-screen experience across TVs, tablets and mobile devices, but cable operators can cut through the clutter by following a few key strategies.
The SCTE has just produced a video in its SCTE Primer Series that explains how cable companies can quickly save time and money in their field service operations.