Monthly Archives: July 2010

“I’m a substitute for another guy…”

There’s a really interesting discussion to be had about the future of delivering video to the home. Which technology makes the most sense? How will content companies make money in the future? How do we best address digital rights issues? Instead, I usually read some “kill your cable” rhetoric. So, that’s why I return to […]

Glass 95% Full? The Broadband Report’s Mixed Bag

With 95% of U.S. households already having access to broadband service with download speeds of at least 4 Mbps – including 50% of homes with access to cable’s DOCSIS 3.0 speeds of 50 Mbps and faster – broadband in the U.S. is a success story that keeps getting better.  Over the past decade, deployment of […]

“Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy.”

There’s a video of Louis C.K. that’s been floating around the Internet for the past two years called “Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy.” In an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the comedian observed that despite our technological advances, people still like to complain. I think about this when I hear people complain bitterly […]

Dear TiVo: We Beg to Differ…

As I mentioned in my previous post, the cable industry has deployed switched digital video (SDV) as a means of conserving bandwidth, allowing us to provide better and more services to our customers.  As the FCC examines the future of set-top boxes and the current CableCARD regime, TiVo has raised a question about whether the […]

The Switch to Switched Digital Video

Several major cable operators are making new deployments of switched digital video – see here and here – which provides a timely opportunity to explain how SDV works and how consumers will benefit. Standard cable service, both analog and digital, works on a “broadcast” model, in which every available channel is sent to every subscriber […]