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Mark Johnson, Alticast

Guest Blog: RDK Application Framework Considerations

June 18, 2014

Cable operator enthusiasm for the Reference Design Kit (RDK) is growing dramatically -  and rightly so -  as major operators in North America ...

Tim Hermes, BTR Founder and Publisher

I'm a Believer

June 11, 2014

I guess it was 3D that made me sketchy. 3D's quiet fade-to-black was not really covered heavily by us media types. Maybe it will be back. But ...

Carl Weinschenk

Two Things You Can Get in Kansas City: Super Steaks and Super Broadband

May 28, 2014

Google is picking its spots: It is highly unlikely that the company really wants to go into the broadband business across the country. It is far ...

Carl Weinschenk

Cable Ops Must Plan Their Trip into the Cloud

May 7, 2014

People who are charged with building and operating cloud computing for cable operators need to think practically, strategically and tactically.

Comcast and the New Cable Business

February 19, 2014

The huge footprint that will be created by the combination of Comcast and Time Warner Cable will simultaneously create a giant in the interrelated commercial services, mobile backhaul and content delivery network (CDN) businesses...

Cisco Leads Video Infrastructure Segment

January 15, 2014

On December 23 - while most folks were finishing off their Christmas shopping and heading out in trains, planes and automobiles - Synergy Research Group released some interesting information about the worldwide state of the video equipment segment...

A Letter to Two Friends

January 15, 2014

To Peggy Ballard and Edward Perez: Dear Peggy and Edward, Thank you. You both helped change my life. It was around this time in 2004 that I took the biggest leap of faith in my career...

2013 - The Year of Follow-Me TV

December 23, 2013

OK, "TV" is not the right word any more, but it worked for the title. I'd like to say "follow-me video" - does that work? Regardless, due to the amazing shiny boxes (SBs) in my life, this year I was never far from ...

Cable Loses 687,000 Subscribers - And All Is Well

December 23, 2013

The cable industry is good at a lot of things. One of them - and one for which it doesn't get as much credit as it should - is accepting reality. A decade or so ago, it became apparent that, like it or not, the telephone comp...

Cord-Cutting: Good for Me, Maybe Bad for Us

December 4, 2013

I have a confession to make: We've cut the cord here at RonnieLand. Or maybe shaved it, I'm not sure. Whatever the terminology, we've dumped our cable video service. Here's why. At my wife's insistence, we recently bought a smart TV and...


Guarding against leakage impacting LTE

June 17, 2014

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Three Questions with Time Warner Cable’s Matt Haines

June 11, 2014

Time Warner Cable's vice president for cloud engineering and operations, Matt Haines, chats with BTR's Ron Hendrickson about cloud technology: what it is and isn't, network functions virtualization, SDN, and some of TWC's cloud initiatives.

TVC Delivers Precision Test Equipment and Quality Tools from Greenlee Communications

June 6, 2014

Accuracy, reliability, quality. That’s why Greenlee tools and test equipment are considered “industry-standards.” Simple – Greenlee offers superior accuracy with their testers and quality in their tools – best of all, Greenlee’s full line of products are available from TVC Communications.

White Papers & Special Reports

HEVC: New Tools, New Challenges

June 26, 2014 High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is the next step in video compression. Cable operators will use it in two ways: To make nascent bandwidth-intensive services feasible and to squeeze more of toda...

Managing the challenges of UHF leakage and interference to LTE

June 19, 2014 For decades cable operators have managed signal leakage by monitoring in or near the 108-137 MHz VHF aeronautical band. A relatively new problem has cropped up over the past three years or so: Sign...

Traveling Money: Upgrade Field Force and Fleet Management

May 30, 2014 It is technically possible to separate field force and fleet management: One focuses on how techs do their jobs and the other on vehicle and routing issues. But to a great extent it is a distinctio...


Guest Blog: RDK Application Framework Considerations

By Mark Johnson, Alticast

Cable operator enthusiasm for the Reference Design Kit (RDK) is growing dramatically - and rightly so - as major operators in North America and Europe are in various stages of deploying RDK-based set-top boxes. The advantages of RDK are numerous...


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Leakage, Ingress and Interference in Digital Cable Networks

March 13, 2014

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