March 23, 2015
About four years ago, Uruguayan cable company TCC took the unprecedented step of shifting its focus from being a network operator to pioneering service innovation in content distribution. The change in strategy, as well as the challenges and opportunities it presents, is explained by Javier Ruete, CEO of TCC, in a new video case study.
January 14, 2015
Phases III & IV of the cable digitalisation program in India pose the greatest logistical and economic challenges of all because they embrace about 60% of the population and a huge number of small operator domains. It includes a large “free” grey market mostly served by spurs off legitimate cables that have been spliced, extending in chaotic fashion to dwellings of many different types. Fortunately, cardless security has matured in time to meet the region's objectives simulataneously.
December 18, 2014
December 18, 2014
We are lucky enough in San Diego to have a very active networking scene for the technology community – including our very own CommNexus organization, which hit the ball out of the park last week with an excellent primer session on the “Internet of Everything." IoE is about pervasive connectivity and communication between people, but more importantly autonomously between everyday devices and processes.
December 11, 2014
News of a major pirate site seizure and takedown greeted attendees of the Content Protection Summit 2014, auspiciously kicking off a day of discussion focused on security and content protection. The importance of data security from production to was at the core of the day’s discussions as experts used this year’s tumultuous security landscape as a teaching platform to identify common vulnerabilities and areas for improvement.
December 10, 2014
Three years ago, a dam was breached. The White Salmon River dam in southern Washington State had been in place for more than 100 years, providing hydroelectric power to nearby communities. Time passes, technology marches on, and new ideas take the place of old. The dam’s decommissioning makes for a spectacular video, and of course video is the theme of this blog.
November 26, 2014
During our lively Multi-network Forum at AfricaCast 2014, I was lucky to interview Richard Alden, Wananchi Group CEO who explained how the company’s popular Zuku TV service is gaining market share by fulfilling the demand for high-quality, affordable entertainment throughout East Africa. I’ve created a summary to get a glimpse of Wananchi’s network strategy.
November 20, 2014
November 17, 2014
The next five years will bring forth more changes in the industry than we’ve seen in the past two decades. Among several factors reshaping the pay-TV landscape, the rapid rise of Netflix and online video platforms was a hot topic during the panel discussion. Although it may seem that companies providing content at lower costs can pose significant threats to more traditional pay-TV offerings, the general consensus of the panel was that they encourage positive change in the industry, challenging providers to reinvent their products in order to meet changing customer demands.
October 12, 2014
I recently had the pleasure of writing an article for Streaming Media about the shift to software-centric and IP-based technologies. While each part of the pay-TV ecosystem has its own unique requirements, considerations related to revenue security remain a top consideration in the evolving design of these next-generation delivery systems.
October 10, 2014
At SCTE’s Cable Tec Expo in Denver last month, I had the pleasure of presenting a session on "Navigating the Transition to All IP Video Delivery” as part of a workshop on the DRM Evolution – What it Means to You. It is becoming increasingly clear that operators would prefer not to rely on two disparate delivery silos for QAM broadcasts and IP services, and that they also want to use available cable plant bandwidth in a more flexible manner.