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Roku search cuts across OTT universe

October 29, 2012 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Roku has updated its guide in the U.S. so that customers can search for content across several of the leading over-the-top sources. The issue is whether their customers – all of the various service providers – want to implement it in the way Roku has.

@ TelcoTV: IPTV is about engaging consumers

October 26, 2012 3:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

For AT&T, the IPTV game right now is about engagement. Customers who interact with their TVs churn at a much lower rate. And 65 percent to 70 percent of AT&T's viewers use a mobile device while they are watching TV several times a week.

@ TelcoTV: Verizon to get chummier with cable

October 25, 2012 3:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon’s Robert Mudge signaled the potential for closer collaboration with the cable industry in his keynote speech at TelcoTV. He said Verizon was clearly benefiting from the arrangements with various MSOs to include Verizon Wireless in their bundles, but that only sets the stage for more work together.

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Kudelski sells chip operation

October 25, 2012 3:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Kudelski Group has sold off its Abilis fabless IC company to ALi Corp., a semiconductor manufacturer in Taiwan. Abilis designs RF modulators, secure media processors and broadcast-to-IP solutions. Abilis was founded on the proposition of making what it referred to as mobile TVs on a chip.

CED’s Pacesetters honor technology innovators

October 19, 2012 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

There’s always a bit of risk associated with being among the first to implement a new technology. The CED Pacesetter Awards honor those engineers who do the research and commit to a technological path that few, if any, have traveled before.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: New DOCSIS

October 18, 2012 4:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The next iteration of DOCSIS, version 3.1, is going to incorporate a new modulation scheme, along with more sophisticated forward error correction (FEC). It will support transmission speeds up to 10 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream. DOCSIS 3.1 will rely on OFDM.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Cablevision’s user interface marches into STBs

October 17, 2012 4:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After launching its Onyx user interface on computers and mobile devices earlier this year, Cablevision Systems started deploying the advanced interactive program guide on set-top boxes a few weeks ago, and so far, the early returns are good.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Innovation top of mind for small cable operators

October 17, 2012 4:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The opening general session, “Mid-size insights: Challenges faced by Tier 2 and 3 cable operators – CTO Panel,” delved into the successes and frustrations of not being Comcastic. There are still roughly 1,000 independent operators that serve tens of millions of subscribers despite the consolidation.

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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).

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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