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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Planning for capacity constraints

October 17, 2012 4:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The “Bandwidth Hunger Games” session was down to three last contestants: Cisco’s Ron Hranac, Motorola’s John Ulm and InnoTrans’ Mani Ramachandran, who covertly stalked each other, each waiting for the others to make the fatal mistakes that would leave a single survivor.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Points to ponder on the IP migration pathway

October 17, 2012 3:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to IP video migration, there’s no one size fits all for cable operators, but there are plenty of options to consider. The session “Great ways to migrate: Making the move to all-IP video” laid out some of those options for cable operators.

Arris picks Celeno’s Wi-Fi tech for its new D3 gateways

October 17, 2012 3:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Celeno's dual-band CLR260 3 x 3 802.11n chip, powered by its OptimizAir and digital beamforming technology, maximizes range, throughput and signal consistency. It delivers whole-home coverage, reliable throughput and high quality of service (QoS).

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Aereo’s service expands to PCs

October 17, 2012 3:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Barry Diller-backed company Aereo is broadening the availability of its service, even as broadcasters challenge the legality of the start-up's live television transmissions over the Internet. Aereo is still limited to residents of New York City.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Home networking – Power to the people

October 16, 2012 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The complexities of digital home networks can overwhelm end users and prove costly to cable operators with truck rolls and calls to customer service reps, but the cable industry can counter those issues by harnessing the power of in-home applications.

FCC relents, lifts basic tier encryption ban

October 16, 2012 1:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

After Congress passed the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, the FCC implemented the ban, with the intent of assuring that the many cable subscribers who were getting cable without a set-top box could continue to do so.

Motorola unleashes megapixel transcoder

October 16, 2012 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Mobility is introducing what it claims is the first 3 gigapixel adaptive bit rate (ABR) transcoder. The Motorola GT-3’s ability to process 3 billion pixels of video content per second is equivalent to nearly 50 full-resolution HD programs, the company said.

Ikanos, Genesis Technical boost DSL to 200+ Mbps

October 12, 2012 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DSL technology specialists continue to labor toward achieving speeds in the hundreds of megabits per second range. Ikanos Communications said it has fabricated a chipset that can support data delivery at up to 200 Mbps. Meanwhile, Genesis Technical Systems is demonstrating an approach that could boost DSL speeds to 400 Mbps.

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TiVo chalks up a Tier 2 win with Midcontinent

October 11, 2012 3:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo has scored another customer win. Midcontinent will use TiVo’s whole-home DVR and multi-screen suite of products across its footprint in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, but the initial rollout is slated for the South Dakota subscribers.

Contec improves customer access

October 11, 2012 3:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MSOs and other video service providers can now link to the company’s QuickTest system, getting direct access to Contec’s database for monitoring efficiency, pass rates and performance for all reverse logistics or return loop operations.

Cable One signs up for HBO Go, Max Go

October 10, 2012 3:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One, the nation’s ninth-largest cable operator that’s owned by The Washington Post Co., is now able to offer more than 1,400 HBO titles, including “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” to its subscribers via HBO Go, and more than 400 titles from Cinemax.

Active Broadband improves IPDR reporting

October 9, 2012 4:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Active Broadband has added code to its software that helps assure that IPDR (Internet Protocol Detail Record) data collected from CMTSs in DOCSIS networks is accurate and complete. Cable ops can use IPDR data to compute subscriber Internet usage for usage metering and usage-based pricing.

Arris improves CMTS software

October 9, 2012 3:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris Group has updated its CMTS software to improve performance for control plane-related tasks, including IPDR (Internet Protocol Detail Record), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and Command Line Interface (CLI). The update, Release 8.1, also increases IPv6 route scaling.

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Assia intros home Wi-Fi management service

October 8, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Expresse Wi-Fi can diagnose Wi-Fi problems, isolate their sources (Wi-Fi versus the DSL, cable, or fiber access link), and resolve Wi-Fi problems remotely and in real time. That includes real-time analysis of home Wi-Fi performance, including calculations of throughput, latency, and connectivity.

Expo session dives in on DOCSIS 3.1

October 4, 2012 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and CableLabs are teaming up on a special session at this month’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando that will help define DOCSIS 3.1. The cable operator industry has been pondering how DOCSIS would evolve to meet the demand for increased speeds on both the downstream and upstream

IPTV: Coming soon to a town near you

September 30, 2012 12:18 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

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.

TV Everywhere or Errors Everywhere

September 29, 2012 11:40 pm | by Steve Liu, vice president of video network monitoring at Tektronix | Articles | Comments

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.

$Billions up for grabs in SIP trunking

September 29, 2012 7:34 pm | by Doug Wadkins, chief technical officer of Edgewater Networks | Articles | Comments

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.

Open Mic - The future of TV Everywhere is here

September 29, 2012 5:39 pm | by Ramin Farassat, vice president of product marketing and business development at RGB Networks | Articles | Comments

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.

New Products: IBC Edition - October 2012

September 29, 2012 4:10 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

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.

New Products - October 2012

September 29, 2012 3:36 pm | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

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.

CPE: Digital transport adapters expand their horizons

September 28, 2012 2:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

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.

Hacking on the rise

September 28, 2012 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

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.

Mediacom to go multi-room/screen in 2013

September 27, 2012 3:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

Celeno pockets $24M in investment round

September 27, 2012 3:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

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