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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

Cable Tackles Title II (and more)

May 18, 2010

During The Cable Show last week, Light Reading’s Jeff Baumgartner interviewed NCTA President & CEO Kyle McSlarrow. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski had spoken earlier that day (coverage here) and so Jeff asked Kyle about proposed Title II regulation of broadband. They also discussed the AllVid NOI and the CableCARD fix (see this previous post for…

A Bit about the Box

October 7, 2009

In the early days, cable television didn’t use set-top boxes, since only over-the-air broadcast channels were being carried. With the advent of cable programming, which was transmitted on midband frequencies, came the initial wave of basic converter boxes that were necessary to convert the cable feed to an analog RF signal so it could be…

Clearing the air on CableCARDs & tru2way

June 30, 2008

There have been quite a few announcements in recent months about cable’s progress towards deploying tru2way, but unfortunately, there continues to be some confusion in the blogosphere about the future of CableCARDs and exactly how tru2way devices will work. For example, I see tru2way described as “CableCARD 2.0,” which is cute but not technically correct….