Category Archives: Cable Companies

Connecting the Dots on Usage Based Pricing

This morning, we hosted the first event of a new briefing series called NCTA Connects,   which will regularly showcase national thought leaders discussing issues that are impacting the media and communications industries. This morning’s discussion, titled The Evolving Internet: Patterns in Usage and Pricing, featured a deep dive into how consumer broadband usage is changing, […]

Commercials quieted by CALM

There is much talk today about a new law called the CALM Act – or the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act. There are a few media stories about it, including the Los Angeles Times, NPR and CNN, and a press rerelease from Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA).  Below are a few answers to questions you may have […]

Saving Energy for Consumers

In participating in a major new Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement, NCTA member companies today re-affirmed the industry’s strong commitment to continued improvement in the energy efficiency of the set-top boxes we provide to our customers. Signatories of the agreement include several NCTA member companies: cable operators Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter, Cablevision, Bright […]

Cable industry sponsors 85th IETF meeting

While much of the United States focuses on the Presidential election this week, the global Internet engineering community will be in Atlanta tackling a host of issues that will echo throughout the world.  The November meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force, or IETF, won’t capture major headlines but when you consider the importance of […]

Battling the Bots

By now you’ve probably heard about the “DNSChanger” malware, which has been highlighted in the media over the last few days.  Basically, it’s a virus or “bot” that hijacks your computer’s DNS settings to redirect your legitimate traffic to fake sites in order to steal your personal information (such as user names, passwords and credit […]

A Changing Video Marketplace

The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology holds a hearing tomorrow to discuss “The Future of Video.”  NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell is among the eight witnesses that will testify at the hearing which also includes representatives from the satellite and broadcasting industries, online video providers, movie studios and public interest […]

Wednesday General Session Kicks off Last Day of the Cable Show

The final day of the 2012 Cable Show kicked off this morning with the last general session. To get the session started, Piers Morgan sat down for a one on one interview with Conan O’Brien to discuss his move away from traditional television to an online media empire.

Noting that Conan’s online following dwarfs that of Tonight Show host Jay Leno, Morgan asked what strategy drives Team Coco. O’Brien, crediting his savvy web team, said the show gets most of the focus, but you have to put a great deal of effort into promotion efforts on social media.

The full interview is fascinating and available for viewing at

Following the O’Brien interview, a sports panel convened to discuss sports programming. Noting that 99.4% of ESPN programming is watched live, the panel discussion explored innovation in sports coverage. That discussion included the possibilities around sports programming for social viewing/media, 3D sports, and creating markets for new sports.

Tuesday General Session at Cable Show 2012

The second day of the 2012 Cable Show gets underway with the second general session. The session got off to a start with Verizon announcing a new content discovery service as part of a discussion of content delivery and consumption.

Actor/director Ed Burns joined Rio Caraeff (VEVO), Dan Mead (Verizon Wireless), and Neil Smit (Comcast Cable) to discuss consumer consumption patterns, and new delivery methods to reach an audience.

Careff made the observation that we are in the midst of a change in consumer attitudes that may be generational – with the prior generation valuing content ownership and the newer generation valuing access. All the panelists agree that consumers are demanding more content on more platforms, and providers are innovating to address and shape that demand.

It’s Time to Encrypt the Basic Tier

In the past few weeks, this blog has addressed the issue of encryption of cable’s basic programming tier. We’ve pointed out that such encryption would reduce the need for technicians to visit customers’ homes for installations and disconnections. We’ve argued that deploying physical filters at consumers’ homes to control authorization is a very inefficient and […]