CableLabs has developed technology that could help members such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable deliver personalized programming and advertising by relying on mobile devices used by subscribers that contain RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags or NFC (near field communication) chips, according to a recent patent application.
Broadband subscribers may be able to find Wi-Fi hotspots with an "augmented reality" application that combines images captured from mobile devices with data detailing the strength of Wi-Fi access points, 4G networks and other wireless signals, according to a recent CableLabs patent application.
CableLabs has opened an IPTV Innovations Lab at its headquarters in Colorado which could be used by members such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications to develop pay-TV products that could be delivered on an all-IP platform.
During the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Steve Donohue, editor of FierceCable, sat down with Tom Lookabaugh, EVP and chief of research and development at CableLabs, to get his take on the future of Wi-Fi, virtual cable and other new technology.
Clearing a path for distributors to develop broadband services offering speeds of up to 10 Gbps, CableLabs released its DOCSIS 3.1 PHY (physical layer) specs on Wednesday.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) named Tony Werner, EVP and CTO of Comcast, as its program committee chairman and said the association's annual conference will be held in Denver, Sept. 23-26, 2014.
While stopping short of announcing a merger, two of the cable industry's top technology trade groups said they agreed to integrate and align their work on standards and training programs.
Apple has recruited veteran CableLabs engineer Jean-François Mulé, sparking speculation that he could help the company build products aimed at delivering video to TVs in cable homes.
C-DOCSIS, the low-cost cable architecture intended for high-density apartment buildings and other multi-dwelling units, may play a significant role in emerging cable markets around the globe.
CableLabs said a user interface for a gesture-based navigation system was named the "Best New Idea" during a session at its Summer Conference last week.