White Papers & Special Reports

The Quick Evolution of QoS and QoE, Part I

The Quick Evolution of QoS and QoE, Part I

October 30, 2014 For cable operators, nothing is more important – or more challenging – than maintaining Quality of Service and Quality of Experience. These metrics, after all, speak directly to what subscribers are seeing and hearing. They are different: QoS measures metrics such as jitter and latency, while QoE is a broader attempt to figure out what the subscriber actually is experiencing. Th...

Optimizing DOCSIS 3.1 Networks: The Benefit of Protocol Analysis

October 17, 2014 As many MSOs begin planning their DOCSIS 3.1 deployments, they need to also consider the tools they will require to ensure that maximum network availability and the guaranteed service levels are in place and maintained. These tools will enable operators to not only understand the complexity of the network capability but also how to ensure robust system performance. This white pap...
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Implementing Live-to-VOD Services

October 17, 2014 Today, hitting the pause button to take a quick break during a live football game is no longer just a farfetched impulse; it’s a practical expectation. Replaying a scene from a live TV broadcast is as simple as hitting the rewind button and catching up on a favorite show is just a menu option away. This white paper details how time-shifted TV services are structured and how Elem...
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Pay TV-Optimized OpenStack Platform Maps a Viable MVPD Path to the Cloud

September 16, 2014 Consumer demand for access to pay TV services, wherever they are and no matter what device they’re using, has brought MVPDs (Multichannel Video Programming Distributors)  to the point where a much more efficient approach to delivering and monetizing multiscreen distribution of live and on-demand content must be found. Operators not only need to streamline support for multisc...
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Cable VoIP - Next Gen is the Cloud

September 8, 2014 Voice remains an important part of the cable residential bundle and SMB VoIP opportunities abound. However, deploying voice the same old way is fraught with risk. The cloud can transform the way cable providers win in the $80 billion fixed voice market in North America. This white paper reviews current voice market trends, challenges, and opportunities, and explains how cable pr...
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Cable Telephony: The Future is Calling

August 27, 2014 The cable industry made a remarkable move years ago when it took on the telcos and began to offer voice services. Today, it is a powerhouse with a telephony infrastructure that arguably is superior to the telcos'. It is a platform capable of seamlessly delivering voice, video and data. It is time, however, for the industry to renew and upgrade its telephony network. It's not a s...

The Rise of the Software-Empowered Video Operator, Part II

August 12, 2014 To accommodate the integration of more virtualized, cloud-based components within the deployment environment, a new wave of exciting technology innovation is happening. The landscape is bright for best-of-breed vendors that have proven component integration points with other members of a deployment ecosystem. Single-vendor monolithic video solutions are heading towards certain ob...
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LATAM Cable and Broadband: Ready for Primetime?

August 7, 2014 BTR’s Monta Hernon walks our readers through the the opportunities and challenges in the Latin American market as it pertains to cable deployment. With free-to-air programming very popular and fairly high quality, Pay TV operators must go above and beyond in order to get their “fair share.” In this special report, Monta reviews: OTT 4K and HEVC Increasing ARPU Increasing penetr...
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Transport & Ethernet Solutions

August 1, 2014 VeEX offers a complete test and measurement solution portfolio for Core, Transport and Metro networks, providing tools to verify every step of the process. Whether it is Fiber Optics, CWDM/DWDM, SDH/SONET, High-speed Ethernet, OTN or Synchronization, VeEX has the right set of tools for: Feasibility/Network Engineering, Construction, Installation, Bringing into Service/Verificatio...
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Blazing a Trail to DOCSIS 3.1

July 31, 2014 Cable operators can never rest on their laurels – or their old standards. DOCSIS 3.0 is fast, of course. But its competitors – armed with high speed fiber-to-the-home platforms – have made it necessary to speed things up even further. The industry has obliged with DOCSIS 3.1. The newest version of the standard is on the fast track: Testing and early deployments are likely next ye...

BTTV

Solve FTTX Deployment Challenges Quickly with TE Connectivity & TVC

October 3, 2014

Operators are challenged to deploy their FTTx bandwidth expansion efforts to be able to deliver more services to their growing subscribers’ demands. To help operators speed their FTTx deployments, TVC Communications stocks TE Connectivity’s fiber optic solutions.

BTR Video Show Daily Day 3 - The Show Wraps Up

September 25, 2014

BTR Founder and Publisher Tim Hermes presents the editors' last picks of the week of must-see technology. If you're not at the show or didn't make the floor today, be sure to watch the program!

BTR Video Show Daily Day 2 - Cable-Tec EXPO

September 24, 2014

Welcome to Day 2 of BTR's Cable-Tec EXPO Video Show Dailies. Yesterday we kicked off by looking at the plant. Today that continues, and adds a focus on video, especially multiscreen: Managing it, delivering it, and monetizing it.  

BTR Video Show Daily Day 1 - What's Hot in Denver

September 23, 2014

Much of the focus for this year's EXPO is on the network, both physical and virtual. Software, SDN and NFV figure strongly in the news we've seen so far. On the physical side, plant upgrades and maintenance are as important as ever.

2014 Diamond Technology Reviews Video Showcase

September 19, 2014

In this sponsored video, see a quick one-minute presentation of many of the highest scoring products from this year's 2014 Diamond Technology Reviews, with Technical Host Elizabeth Kaye.

BTR Blogs

Ron Hendrickson, Managing Editor

Gigabit: Lots of Talk, not Much Walk ... Yet

08/13/2014

Announcements about gigabit-speed broadband service, mostly fiber-based, have been rolling in by the truckload lately, and at first blush, it ...

Carl Weinschenk

MSOs and OTT: Best of 'Frien-emies'

07/30/2014

The general sense is that the intense competition between cable operators and over-the-top (OTT) providers is starting to give way to a ...

Mark Johnson, Alticast

Guest Blog: RDK Application Framework Considerations

06/18/2014 Cable operator enthusiasm for the Reference Design Kit (RDK) is growing dramatically -  and rightly so -  as major operators in North America ...

Latest News & Features

Imagine Communications

Imagine Buys OpenTV Ad Unit

October 31, 2014 Imagine Communications has acquired the assets of the advanced advertising business unit of OpenTV from the Kudelski Group...
Comcast

Comcast Taps UPS for CPE Returns

October 30, 2014 Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and The UPS Store are working together to simplify the process of equipment returns. Comcast's Xfin...
Comcast

Comcast Biz Moves in with Furniture Chain

October 30, 2014 Jordan's Furniture, a furniture retailer in New England, will use Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Business Ethernet across its five...

Webcasts

Expo 2014 Retrospective: A Roadmap for Technology in 2015

Now that we've all had a little time to digest the many events and technologies of SCTE Cable-Tec EXPO 2014, what trends emerge as the hot topics to watch in the coming year? Join BTR Managing Editor Ron Hendrickson and a panel of experts as they run down the trends and pick out the key takeaways from this year's show in a Special Event Webcast.

( November 4, 2014 / 03:00 PM

Featured Hangout

Three Technologies, One Conversation

October 28, 2014

Join BTR in an exclusive Google Hangout for a wide-ranging 30-minute informal discussion of the latest in multiscreen video, home gateways, and testing/monitoring of DOCSIS 3.1 and fiber networks.
Sponsored by Alticast, Hitron Technologies, SCTE, and VeEX.

Featured Podcast

TWC's Ranga Muvavarirwa on QoS and QoE

October 22, 2014

Listen as Carl Weinschenk, Senior Editor for Broadband Technology Report, and Ranga Muvavarirwa, Time Warner Cable's Vice President for Product Development for IP, discuss QoS and QoE.  

Watch BTR'S Tech Breakfast - Prepping the Plant for DOCSIS 3.1

Are you getting ready for DOSCIS 3.1?

Watch BTR and its panel of experts as we explore preparations and planning inside the plant for the introduction of DOCSIS 3.1 in the coming years. Tune in and see BTR contributing writer and Cisco Technical Leader Ron Hranac moderate a forum of industry veterans.

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