Category Archives: Tech Discussions

Way to Go North America!

Some interesting 2012 Internet usage statistics have been moving around the blogosphere this week. One that stood out was that North America has the highest Internet penetration of any region in the world. 78.6% have access. Kudos to us! So what are you going to do to use all this Internet? Start a business? How […]

2013 CES News, Updates, and Conversation from NCTA

As we at NCTA gear up for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, we wanted to share that we will be keeping you on top of key show moments related to cable, television, and telecom (and yes – all the cool gadgets) as the show progresses. Starting today, look to @NCTAcable for […]

Michael Powell on CNBC’s Squawk Box

This morning, NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell was on CNBC’s Squawk Box to talk about the fiscal cliff, investments by the communications industry and the regulatory environment after the election.

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 […]

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.

Talking TV at the Opening Session of the 2012 Cable Show

The 2012 Cable Show kicks off this morning in Boston, and over the next three days, cable will showcase it’s best programming, newest technologies, and the incredible array of ways to consume and interact with content.

At the opening general session, NCTA President Michael Powell spoke of TV as “the original social medium” – with family and friends gathering to laugh, cry, and cheer on their favorite teams. Television’s – and broadband’s – place in our lives is indisputable with Americans watching TV more than 147 hours a month, and using the Internet for work and play.

The Cable Show will focus on both the business and the pleasure of cable with sessions discussing business challenges and opportunities, and the exhibit floor teeming with programming and technology vendors and celeb guest appearances.

Lessons Learned from the Tohoku Earthquake

Yesterday, NCTA hosted an event at our offices to help educate about the impact of the March 2011 earthquake on the telecommunications infrastructure of Japan. Representatives from the Japanese Embassy here in Washington and executives from NTT East, a leading Japanese telecom provider, described the damage of both the quake and the ensuing damage of […]

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Washington Advocacy Run Amok

Recently, my son, who will attend college in the fall to study computer science, called me down to his basement lair to show me the new interface offered by the Xbox console. Using Kinect, he was able to both speak to the Xbox and use hand gestures to navigate content.  It was fun, hip and […]

Making Progress on Set-Top Box Energy Efficiency

In November of last year, the U.S. cable industry announced an initiative to improve the energy efficiency of cable set-top boxes. A major part of this initiative was the launch of a new facility within CableLabs – cable’s R&D consortium – that will focus on initiatives to improve energy efficiency, called CableLabs – Energy Lab. […]