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February 23, 2011  3:58 PM

Video streaming causing wireline broadband and cable planning issues

Posted by: Tom Nolle
cable, Comcast, FCC, OTT, video streaming, wireline broadband

It is very clear that video streaming services are growing, partly in response to the tablet opportunity, and this creates special problems for broadband operators, most of whom...

August 16, 2010  12:23 PM

FTTH customers happier than DSL and cable — but at what cost?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
cable, DSL, fiber to the home, FTTH

Probably to no one’s surprise, FTTH customers are happier with their service than cable or DSL customers, according to some recent research commissioned by...

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April 27, 2010  5:31 PM

CableLabs looks to exploit coax plant for broadband edge

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, cable, CableLabs, DSL

CableLabs, the “Bell Labs” of the cable industry, is looking at a project to further advance the exploiting of CATV cable for broadband delivery. This could be the...

September 24, 2009  1:51 PM

New cable ad platform — EFIB — set for launch

Posted by: Tom Nolle
cable, Online advertising, video on demand

The cable industry’s advertising consortium, Canoe, is launching its ad exchange and interactivity platform (Enhanced Binary Interchange Format, which it calls EBIF — catchy, huh?) This format...

September 10, 2009  5:03 PM

Comcast’s TV Everywhere: Credibility with advertisers

Posted by: Tom Nolle
cable, Comcast, Online advertising, video content

Comcast says that it’s no more than 60 days from rolling out TV Everywhere throughout its service area. The project is in trial now and has already signed up 24 networks to supply...

August 19, 2009  6:03 PM

Fast Internet, pricing policies and the middle mile

Posted by: Tom Nolle
cable, DOCSIS 3.0, middle-mile, usage caps

Rogers Cable showed how different Canada and the U.S. are with its new DOCSIS 3.0-based offering. The service is 50Mb/2Mb, which is more asymmetrical than the U.S. market would typically offer, and...

July 1, 2009  6:15 PM

Comcast launches multi-modal WiMax service in Oregon

Posted by: Tom Nolle
3G, cable, femtocell, smartphones, WiMAX

Comcast has launched a WiMax multi-modal service in Portland, Ore., that lets customers use either Clearwire WiMAX or Comcast cable for Internet access at one fixed charge. An additional plan...

April 28, 2009  4:59 PM

DOCSIS 3.0 pushes U.S. broadband speed wars

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, cable, Cablevision, DOCSIS 3.0, DSL, fiber to the home, FiOS, Verizon

Cablevision is planning to launch a 101/15 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 broadband service, which would be the fastest available in the U.S., at a price of $99 per month. The service will launch in NYC suburbs,...

March 5, 2009  3:01 PM

Changing video content has benefits/risks

Posted by: Tom Nolle
cable, content delivery platforms, Time-Warner

The question of how content gets distributed is getting more complex because the number of “channels,” even in traditional television, is increasing with the multiplication of cable channels and their increasing acceptance by consumers. The cable channels are all boosting programming efforts as...

February 9, 2009  3:46 PM

AT&T’s U-verse: The beginning of the end?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
AT&T, cable, DSL, FiOS, FTTH, video on demand

AT&T’s new deal with DirecTV may be the beginning of a shift away from U-verse toward the “Homezone” satellite-and-IP/VoD hybrid model, according to rumors we’ve heard.

The problems with U-verse are that the service has an extremely high pass cost—on the order of 4 to 6...

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