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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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, 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 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 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.
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.
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
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.