White Papers & Special Reports

CCAP: The Evolution of a Network

April 10, 2014 The Converged Cable Access Platform will afford the broadband operator a huge opportunity to not only eliminate duplicate engineering efforts across video and data, but also to reduce power and space requirements. With both at a premium, implementing CCAP has become an attractive prospect for cable operators. Studies have shown that savings in the 50-60% range for both rack space...
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Test, Measurement and Monitoring in Cable’s New World

March 27, 2014 It is obvious that the cable industry is changing with unprecedented speed. New services and new ways of delivering those services are emerging on a consistent basis. One thing remains the same, however: Operators must deliver what they promise reliably and without drama. This special multimedia report is sponsored by Applied Instruments, JDSU, Megger, Tektronix, Trilithic, Trive...

Automating Test Data Centers with ShellTest

March 18, 2014 Test labs and testing data centers constitute a massive investment for technology vendors, converged infrastructure solution providers, systems integrators, and service providers. This paper explores the case for test lab and data center automation, introduces the TestShell test and lab automation solution and its benefits, and reviews best practices for successfully automating c...
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TV Everywhere, Part II: Farther Down the Road to Revenue

February 27, 2014 TV Everywhere is happening today – though the technology, systems and procedures still are in flux. The challenge for cable operators is to jump into this promising sector, but in a way that strands as little investment as possible and creates infrastructure that simultaneously can support other services. This special multimedia report – the second of two on TVE – features input ...

Recreating the Field in the Lab CATV Network Simulation

February 25, 2014 Whether you’re a developer looking to test your latest design or a network engineer evaluating equipment prior to deployment, realistic simulations of a cable network are a key part of exposing components to operating conditions in the field. This approach is particularly useful when developing or assessing cable TV receivers and amplifiers, which must cope with many different ty...
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TV Everywhere: Confronting Marketplace Challenges

January 31, 2014 The year ahead will be pivotal and transitional for the cable industry’s TV Everywhere initiatives. During 2013, the basic technical platforms were established and the way forward on complex contracts between operators and content owners was set. That work has to continue in 2014. In addition, operators must develop revenue generation strategies that complement -- not conflict wi...

Understanding Frequency-Specific Cable Egress

January 27, 2014 Whether you’re responsible for maintaining a CATV network or an LTE network, egress from cable television systems has become one of the more serious sources of interference in 700 MHz LTE networks in the United States. Traditional tools and methodologies for detecting and locating egress are focused almost entirely on analog signals in the VHF aeronautical band and therefore cann...
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Great Challenges for Great Gains: QoE in a 4K World

December 9, 2013 A major issue on the table for cable industry is the transition from MPEG-4 to HEVC. It is a vital move: In addition to enabling far more efficient delivering of existing formats, the compression in HEVC puts ultra high definition on the table. Ultra HD is an intimidating service that either is perfect -- or a failure. The key to success is enhancing the ability to monitor ...
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Special Report: What is Signal Level? – Part 2

October 29, 2013 When you measure signal level at the output of an amplifier, the input to a cable modem, TV set or set-top, just what is it that's being measured? The short answer is you're measuring the amplitude of a signal or signals, but what does that mean? And is measuring signal level enough? Understanding the nuts and bolts of signal level is an important skill for all technical personne...
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Ericsson launches new additions to video compression portfolio at 2014 NAB Show

April 9, 2014

Dr. Giles Wilson, Head of TV Compression, Ericsson, discusses the company'€™s new video compression solutions as demonstrated at 2014 NAB Show. Topics include Ericsson Virtualized Encoding, the industry'€™s first unified software solution for removing the complexity from TV Anywhere video processing.

A full suite of solutions for software-based video delivery

April 9, 2014

From the NAB Show in Las Vegas - take a look at the Envivio suite of video processing solutions for operators and content providers. Envivio’s solutions span HEVC encoding for 4K and mobile, cloud services, personalization and multi-screen.

Blonder Tongue to Demonstrate Customized Solutions for In-House Broadcast Distribution at the 2014 NAB Show

April 2, 2014

Made in U.S.A. Find out more at booth # SU10202 during the 2014 NAB Show. To learn more about Blonder Tongue, visit them at www.blondertongue.com.

Discover Great Value RF Test Equipment from Applied Instruments

March 27, 2014

This video is part of our Special Report on Test & Measurement. To learn more about Applied Instruments, visit them at www.appliedin.com.

BTR Blogs

Comcast and the New Cable Business

02/19/2014 The huge footprint that will be created by the combination of Comcast and Time Warner Cable will simultaneously create a giant in th...

Cisco Leads Video Infrastructure Segment

01/15/2014 On December 23 - while most folks were finishing off their Christmas shopping and heading out in trains, planes and automobiles - Synergy Research ...

A Letter to Two Friends

01/15/2014 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 th...

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The Golden Rules of Workforce Management

In this webcast presentation, industry veteran Tom Gorman – a renowned expert on WFM, will present an outline of his "must-do's" in order to make managing the workforce as efficient as possible.

December 5, 2013
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Leakage, Ingress and Interference in Digital Cable Networks

March 13, 2014

Join us for BTR’s fourth Google Hangout – this time on UHF leakage and LTE interference – with Nick Segura (Charter) and Ron Hranac (Cisco).
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