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CED’s 2011 Pacesetter Awards

November 16, 2011 8:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: IP video transition – how to get there from here

November 16, 2011 4:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

Boxee adds live TV to its mix

November 16, 2011 4:40 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Boxee is promising a dongle for its Boxee Box that will enable users in North America to watch over-the-air channels and – the company expects – provide greater incentive to its customers to cut the cord.

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Study: Consumers stay tuned in to VOD ads despite varied lengths

November 16, 2011 4:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Viewers of free VOD content stay engaged with advertisements despite varying lengths of the ad loads, according to Phase II of an Advanced Advertising Media Project AAMP study.

Cox dips its toe in IP waters with live streaming to iPad

November 16, 2011 10:01 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

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.

Arris, Cisco ally on common C-band wavelength plan

November 15, 2011 6:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: MSO CTO Panel says new ecosystem on track

November 15, 2011 5:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Vendor CTOs see plenty of changes afoot

November 15, 2011 5:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Multi-screen ROI is a promise

November 15, 2011 5:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

TWC's Ludington is 2012 Expo chairman

November 15, 2011 5:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Jim Ludington has got next. Ludington, executive vice president of network national operations for TWC, will serve as Program Committee chairman for next year's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Multi-screen viewing is a challenge

November 15, 2011 5:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

Tektronix pulls Sentry duty with Cogeco

November 15, 2011 5:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cogeco is using Tektronix's Sentry digital content monitor to help ensure that its video services are delivered with quality.

Motorola multiplies edge QAM density

November 15, 2011 5:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Only six months after introducing its APEX1500 edge QAM, Motorola has delivered a new version with even greater port density.

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Aurora intros new Remote QAM

November 15, 2011 5:29 pm | by Traci Patterson | Product Releases | Comments

Aurora Networks is touting its latest next-generation access solution for its node platform: the RQ4000-series "Remote QAM."

Imagine debuts ICE Cloud, demos ICE Streaming

November 15, 2011 5:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Imagine is showing off its new ICE Cloud Software System, a low-delay, Linux-based distributed architecture solution aimed at cloud and CDN transcoding.

GLDS integrates with Clearleap for streaming

November 15, 2011 5:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

GLDS and Clearleap have teamed up on a cloud-based IP content delivery system that allows service providers to create their own streaming service to connected set-top boxes, TVs and other devices.

Avail-TVN closes VOD loophole

November 15, 2011 5:13 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Avail-TVN is introducing a new service that eliminates an odd inefficiency in the handling of digital ad insertion (DAI) in VOD assets. 

Envivio responds to multi-screen demands

November 15, 2011 5:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Envivio is introducing a range of new products, including a transcoder designed to help facilitate IT-centric headend/data center operations, a video processor that can perform ad insertion in multi-screen environments and an API that can help optimize TV Everywhere services.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: IP networks need QoS to combat dropped packets

November 14, 2011 4:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Attendees of the SCTE's first Capacity Management Symposium got an early jump on Cable-Tec Expo, as well as some planning tips for the migration to IP networks.

CableLabs uses S3 Group's testing platform for interactive TV apps

November 14, 2011 4:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CableLabs is using S3 Group's StormTest Development Center for automated testing of interactive television applications.

SeaChange helps RCN centralize VOD libraries

November 14, 2011 4:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

RCN has deployed SeaChange International's content workflow management software to streamline video-on-demand content and metadata processing operations.

Arris intros VIPr 6000 platform

November 14, 2011 4:04 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Arris is introducing a new member of its VIPr transcoders, this one with triple the channel capacity of its predecessor.

Harmonic's 'Outdoor Hub' turns nodes into hubs

November 14, 2011 3:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic is introducing what it's calling an Outdoor Hub, a system that cable network operators can use to extend fiber deeper into neighborhoods, and which can be installed in common cable node housings.

Italian channel broadens reach in Time Warner Cable systems

November 13, 2011 4:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

International Media Distribution announced that Rai Italia is available across a wider range of Time Warner Cable systems.

Senate rejects GOP bid to overturn Internet rules

November 11, 2011 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Senate Democrats turned back a Republican attempt to repeal federal rules designed to prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against those that send content and other services over their networks.

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