Monthly Archives: June 2009

Now Broadcasting from the Personal Democracy Forum

For the next two days Paul and I will be Tweeting, blogging, and otherwise chattering about the annual Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) in NYC. PDF is the premier event for dicsussion of online politics and Cable is a proud sponsor. Cable’s James Assey will be participating on a panel this afternoon focused on the state […]

Big Boost for Online Viewing

Time Warner and Comcast held a press briefing this morning to provide some details about the much anticipated “TV Everywhere” project that Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes has been discussing for a few months including during a panel at The Cable Show back in early April.  Joining Bewkes for today’s briefing was Comcast […]

The Cable Show ’09 – By The Numbers

The Cable Show ’09 end of show report is now finally out. It’s a compendium of everything that happened in Washington, DC.  From our show numbers to quotes from delegates. Did you know that: More than one-third of all attendees are Cable Operators. Our attendance grew from last year’s show from 12,100 to 12,209. We […]

DTV Transition Weekend: A Look Back

The trends for cable from “DTV Transition weekend” continued into the work week with no major issues on the horizon.  A wrap-up call with our industry-wide “DTV War Room” group at mid-day today found cable engineers mopping-up a few remaining challenges with broadcast station signals in a handful of markets.  By and large, cable customers […]

DTV-Day Plus 36 Hours: What We're Hearing

Reports from the FCC as well as our contacts at cable corporate and field offices indicate that the broadcasters DTV transition has been completed with a minimum of viewer disruption.  The Commission held a news conference on Saturday to say that most TV viewers weren’t affected when more than 900 full-power broadcast stations cut off […]

An Update on DTV "Moving Day"

As we’ve said previously, the cable industry has spent the last few weeks gearing up for today’s culmination of the DTV transition.  And at midday Friday, the transition itself seemed relatively uneventful.  It’s an interesting day in that there’s a “rolling” transition underway, across four time zones. If you put aside time zones and look […]

Access Cable Internet While You're Out

One of the big trends in technology is mobility. It’s not enough to have a gadget or a service, you have to be able to take it with you and use it on-the-go. This has not been the traditional province of cable operators, who have typically provided services to homes and businesses. But that’s been […]

Wideband Comes to Washington

It’s been more than a year now since I first mentioned deployment of wideband Internet access based on the DOCSIS 3.0 standard. With the use of channel bonding, cable operators are able to offer speeds exceeding 100 Mbps downstream. The first launch was in the Twin Cities market in April of 2008. Since then, it’s […]

DTV Transition: One Week Out

When the first group of 600+ over the air stations made the transition from analog to digital broadcast in February, their transition was met with relatively few, and entirely manageable complaints. In exactly one week, the rest of the nation’s full power, OTA stations will make complete the transition, capping an effort that began many […]