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June 30, 2010

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We are very proud to underwrite Videonet’s latest industry report, “Supporting the ‘any screen, anywhere’ video consumer,” which provides an in-depth exploration of current whole home video approaches available as they are developing. The home networking debate has existed for quite sometime. However, as new technologies emerge, such as adaptive rate streaming, standards become mainstream and broadband penetration reaches new heights, this topic is relevant now more than ever.

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June 15, 2010

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As we head into summer, Internet TV remains a hot topic among network operators.  Over the next few weeks, we will explore the OTT opportunity, the challenges associated with Internet TV services, and how we think the adoption of more open standards can help bridge the gap between those challenges and opportunities.

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June 7, 2010

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There is a wave of reaction and analysis around the Google TV and VP8 announcements, and I hope this doesn’t simply add to the noise level.   From the point of view of revenue security, I get the impression that rather than uniting the world behind a common (OK, supposedly free) codec, Google is really driving a wedge between commercial content and user-generated content (or at least not fee-based content).  

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June 2, 2010

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According to MRG, more than 11 million hotel rooms are a target for IPTV applications, indicating that analog is dead in this sector. IP video distribution in this environment has become the most advanced and cost effective technology, with many advantages, including: 

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April 27, 2010

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Reflecting on the pulse at NAB this year, over the top (OTT) service delivery models were definitely in the spotlight. (We contributed to the buzz with our own OTT demonstration at our booth – check out the video) The conversations were far removed from the hype that has been elsewhere, but rather focused on how service providers can capitalize on advanced OTT technologies to enable new streams of business. 

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March 14, 2010

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As a company, we are prouder than usual of the design win announced today with ABS-CBN. On one front, it represents the culmination of effort by our engineering, customer service and partner teams towards a successful deployment. That in itself is, of course, worthy of emphasis, but not totally unique.

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March 11, 2010

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We are in full swing with our tradeshow schedule for 2010! We had our team covering bases for CSTB in Moscow, Andina Link in Colombia and CABSAT in Dubai. Now, we’ve all complained about tradeshows – they are costly, require a large amount of company resources to make them successful and can be murder if you don’t have the right footwear. But at the end of the day, it provides us with a great opportunity to meet with customers, partners and prospects and have meaningful conversations about their conditional access and content security plans.

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October 30, 2009

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My compliments to Andrew Glasspool and his colleagues at Farncombe Technologies for two important, closely argued white papers published this year that are barometers of the changing times we live in.

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October 21, 2009

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Traditional pay-TV operators have always been highly focused on revenue security by way of theft of service prevention – for two main reasons. Subscriber fees are obviously a significant revenue source and piracy through theft of service is very prevalent, particularly in certain markets CASBAA for country-specific piracy rates). Smart cards were really the only solution available back in the one-way broadcast days and content protection was certainly a secondary objective.  Compare that with IPTV operators.

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October 16, 2009

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Seems that I wasn't persuasive enough in my discussions at IBC 2009 with Ben Schwarz at VideoNet where we talked about extending pay-TV models into Internet delivery. Overall, I'm happy to be described as living in an alternate reality where sites like today's Hulu do not represent the entire future of video services.

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