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New Copyright Alert System Launches


February 26, 2013

When I sit in front of my computer, it’s a wonder I get anything accomplished.  There are seemingly millions of hours of TV shows, movies, music, and cat videos, all of them staggeringly easy to find, download, and share. But where did all of this content come from? Sure, some of it was home made,…

Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement Update

February 25, 2013

By Neal Goldberg, NCTA and Doug Johnson, CEA The unprecedented, voluntary Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement that NCTA and CEA announced last December was just the first step in the multichannel video industry’s effort to implement significant commitments that will lead to annual savings of $1.5 billion for American consumers. One outcome of the agreement…

The Word of the Day is Urbanicity!

February 22, 2013

They say you learn something new every day. Well, we at NCTA want to help keep that adage true, so we’re teaching you about  Urbanicity! A city’s urbanicity is a numeric indicator of how dense its population is both inside and outside of urban areas. The less dense a country is, the harder it is…

Cable Programming

USA Today, Wolff Wrong on Cable

February 22, 2013

On February 18th USA Today published an article written by Michael Wolff called “Cable is Taking the Fast Train to Oblivion.” The article forecasts a future of the cable TV industry that almost directly opposes reality. It completely dismisses how Americans actually consume cable programming and how the cable industry reacts to the changing needs…


FCC Report Reveals Broadband Growth and Development

February 15, 2013

The FCC today released their annual “Measuring Broadband America” report which tests consumer broadband performance in the U.S.  The report’s findings underscore that the U.S. enjoys a healthy, growing, and competitive broadband marketplace. The good news from a cable perspective is that providers are delivering speeds that consistently meet or exceed advertised numbers.  That isn’t…

Bathtubs and Broadband

February 15, 2013

Yes we know – broadband and bathtubs have very little in common. But coincidentally what they do share is a very similar access percentage, which makes for a good #broaddata. To be fair, 2.2% of Americans don’t have “full indoor plumbing”, which constitutes hot and cold running water, a bathtub or shower, and a toilet….

Breaking News: iPad Awesome


February 13, 2013

Canalys reported last week that over 1/3 of all PCs delivered in 2012 were Tablet computers. Of those, about half were Apple tablets – either an iPad or an iPad mini. Let that sink in for a moment. From a market and business perspective, this is staggering. But more importantly (and far more interestingly) this is…