Comcast has expanded its X1 network DVR service, allowing subscribers to access their personal recordings on Android and iOS device from anywhere they can get Internet access.
LTE Multicast (also known as LTE Broadcast) is getting lots of attention from vendors and mobile operators for its ability to deliver live multimedia to smartphones and tablets being used by concentrated groups of people, such as those attending a sporting event or concert. A complementary technology, Wi-Fi Multicast, has already been deployed by venue owners. FierceWirelessTech explores how these two different technologies can work together here.
When and if the apocalypse comes, the Comcast Media Center in Centennial, Colo., just outside Denver, will likely still be shooting, producing, originating, uplinking and storing high-definition video for cable television.
Despite the ubiquitous presence of fast-emerging technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1, Wi-Fi hotspots and 4K, the SCTE saw a 7 percent drop in attendance for its annual Cable-Tec Expo conference, held Sept. 22-25 in Denver.
Originally developed by a consortium of top cable operators just for set-top boxes, the Reference Design Kit is now moving into the broadband realm. Arris has announced that it is working with Comcast to integrate the open-source software stack into cable modems.
Middleware startup aioTV was awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the company said covers, among other things, the method for culling together video channels from multiple different sources, such as OTT, cable and broadcast content. AoiTV currently offers a unified guide that distributors could use to launch virtual pay TV services or to add online video products to their current offerings.
Look for interoperability testing on the cable industry's emerging DOCSIS 3.1 platform to begin in late December, and CableLabs certification of products to start in second quarter of next year. That roadmap was outlined today by CableLabs CTO Ralph Brown during a BTR-hosted breakfast session on DOCSIS 3.1 held here at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has selected Liberty Global EVP and CTO Balan Nair to chair the 2015 Cable-Tec Expo, set for Oct. 13-16 of next year in New Orleans.
Cable operators can no longer rely on business as usual and must instead focus on developing new products, improving their customer service and leveraging the scale of their networks if they want to remain competitive in the future.
While several industry organizations are working on standards that would allow providers to manage Wi-Fi networks more like cellular networks, certified products for the standards won't roll out for another two years, CableLabs' Mark Poletti told attendees at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.