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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Cable gears up for CCAP

October 18, 2012 4:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The payoffs for combining cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) and edge QAMs on the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) are obvious to the most casual observer, but there are some operational procedures and training that need to be in place in order to reap the benefits of the new CCAP platform.

Time Warner Cable, Bright House join EIDR coalition

October 18, 2012 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks were the latest cable operators to join the Entertainment ID Registry (EIDR), which is a coalition promoting the use of a unique, global identifier of entertainment assets, including films and television episodes.

@ 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.

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@ 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.

@ 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.

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SeaChange hires chief architect, VP of strategic marketing

October 17, 2012 3:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International has appointed two new members to its executive team. Sam Ganesan joined SeaChange as chief architect, and Alan Hoff joined as vice president of strategic marketing. Ganesan came to SeaChange from Motorola, and Hoff rejoined SeaChange.

@ 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.

Numéricable picks Calix, Arcadiz for broadband business service

October 16, 2012 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Brussels cable operator Numéricable has picked Calix’s GPON technology to upgrade its service delivery platform in Belgium and Luxembourg. Numéricable is also using Calix’s Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and will work with optical specialist Acradiz Telecom to launch the new business services across the region.

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EU regulators ask Google to change privacy policy

October 16, 2012 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European regulators have asked Google to clarify its new privacy policy and make it easier for users to opt out of it because of concerns that the Web giant may be collecting too much data and holding it for too long. France's data protection agency led a European investigation into Google's new unified privacy policy.

In the media: Cablevision ponders selling Bresnan subsidiary

October 15, 2012 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision is exploring its options in regard to selling its Bresnan Broadband Holdings division after purchasing the systems just two years ago. Cablevision is in preliminary discussions to sell off the Bresnan systems out West, but to date, no investment banks have been engaged to advise on a potential deal.

Arris unveils converged edge router

October 15, 2012 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Arris’ new E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) leverages the company’s experience with its C4 line of CMTSs. Like the C4 CMTS, the E6000 supports a fully redundant design with no single point of failure, hitless fail-over and hot-swapping of cards, and field deployment-ready IPv6.

Massillon goes multi-screen with Motorola’s Medios platform

October 12, 2012 11:59 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Massillon Cable will be serving up video content across smartphones and tablets to its subscribers via Motorola Mobility’s Medios platform. The multi-screen, TV Everywhere offering from Massillon will make its debut before the end of the year.

Shaw amps up NFL coverage with new iPad app

October 12, 2012 11:52 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has kicked off a new iPad app that lets its subscribers watch up to 14 NFL regular season games on Sundays along with interactive features, such as instant replay and play-by-play summaries. Shaw said the free app, which is called Shaw Go: NFL Sunday Ticket, was the first in Canada dedicated to NFL Sunday Ticket content. 

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.

Time Warner Cable spices up home phone service with new features

October 11, 2012 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added VoiceZone to its home phone service, which ties in the phone service to home computers, TVs and mobile devices. VoiceZone is free to Time Warner Cable customers that subscribe to its phone and voicemail services.

SeaWell expands management team

October 11, 2012 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaWell Networks has attracted two prominent executives to its management team. Jeff Huppertz has joined the company as senior vice president of business and corporate development, and Duncan Potter has been named chief marketing officer.

HEVC: Future video encoding landscape

October 11, 2012 9:11 am | by Harmonic | White Papers

The HEVC standard has the potential to have a revolutionary impact on video delivery, as it will dramatically reduce the bandwidth compared to existing H.264 delivery systems. This paper examines what HEVC is and reviews the development of the standard, how past and current compression standards are extended by HEVC, and which applications will benefit.

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.

YouTube channels can start charging fees

October 10, 2012 3:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

YouTube currently gives content providers the opportunity to support their video with paid advertising. The option to charge subscription fees would be new, and it would the decision of content partners – such as BBC Worldwide, Endemol and FremantleMedia – to go that route.

Call of the wild: Outdoor Channel racks up 1M new subs

October 10, 2012 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to recent packaging upgrades by Comcast and RCN, the Outdoor Channel reached a milestone, with an increase of more than 1 million new subscribers. With the recent subscriber gains, the network is on pace to grow by nearly 2 million subscribers this year.

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