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Cable Programming

"I'm a substitute for another guy..."

July 29, 2010

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

July 22, 2010

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.”

July 20, 2010

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…

July 19, 2010

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

July 16, 2010

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…

The Cable Show

Did you know that Shaun White was at The Cable Show?

July 15, 2010

One of our new exhibitors, KarmaloopTV, had some exciting guests at their booth to help promote their new network.