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Adaptive Bitrate and MPEG-DASH

May 26, 2015

by Greg Rutz, Lead Architect, CableLabs — The basic solution that streaming video provides is that an entire video file does not need to be downloaded before it is viewed. Little chunks of media may be grabbed for playback in order to achieve the same effect. The one caveat is that the media must be […]

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Standards-Based, Premium Content for the Modern Web

May 19, 2015

by Greg Rutz, Lead Architect, CableLabs — How Premium Video Content Streams over the Internet These days, a person is just as likely to be watching a movie on their laptop, tablet, or mobile phone, as they are to be sitting in front of a television. Cable operators are eager to provide premium video content […]

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Encrypted Media Extensions Provide a Common Ground

May 19, 2015

by Greg Rutz, Lead Architect, CableLabs — Background Carriage agreements between content owners and Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) are likely to contain clauses that require the MVPD to provide ample protection against content theft. In the traditional, QAM-based delivery model of cable television networks, the desired level of protection was relatively easy to implement […]

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Innovation Starts Here and Now

May 11, 2015

By Christian Pape, Innovation Office, Vice President, CableLabs — From ideation to pitch, CableLabs’ Innovation Boot Camp is an immersive learning experience that will boost your ability to achieve repeatable, scalable innovations that differentiate your organization in a highly competitive world. Innovation Boot Camp will be held June 16 – 19 at CableLabs’ Silicon Valley […]

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Next Generation Video: Beyond 4K

April 20, 2015

By Daryl Malas, Principal Architect, CableLabs — 4K Video has captured the attention of consumers, retailers and television manufacturers. Next generation video is not just about 4K, though. Improving the video experience goes beyond resolution itself. CableLabs operates a Video Quality Lab at its Louisville, CO facility where various formats of video streams have been […]

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Join us at the CableLabs NDA Vendor Forum

April 14, 2015

By Ralph Brown, Chief Technology Officer, CableLabs — Once a year CableLabs holds the NDA Vendor Forum. This is a unique opportunity for companies who are interested in developing technologies for the cable industry to get up to speed with the latest technology projects underway at CableLabs and to provide input on our technology development […]

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Interactive TV Ads – Is There a Demand?

April 10, 2015

By Debbie Fitzgerald, Director of Client Application Technologies, CableLabs — Recently, Coke aired an interactive advertisement during the NCAA Final Four basketball games. I thought I would try it out. When the ad starts, it declares “This is a drinkable commercial,” then prompts the user to “Shazam now to drink it.” I launched Shazam on […]

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CableLabs’ Open Source Contributions

April 8, 2015

by Eric Winkelman, Lead Architect, Application Technologies, CableLabs — CableLabs is an active member in many open source communities, with three of our recent contributions highlighted below. We’ve found that engaging with these communities and presenting our intended contributions is incredibly valuable. When our interests align with these projects we’ve generally found the open source […]

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NFV and SDN: Paving the way to a software-based networking future

March 23, 2015

by Don Clarke, Principal Architect, CableLabs — When ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt invited me to contribute a blog post, it brought to mind our interaction in the summer of 2012 on how to treat SDN in the seminal NFV White Paper I was then editing. The operator co-authors were keen to ensure that SDN […]

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Join CableLabs as a part of Tek Stadium™

March 20, 2015

By Ben Lusz, Corporate Events Producer, CableLabs — CableLabs Tek Stadium 2015 will form an integral part of NCTA’S INTX – the Internet & Television Expo — to be held May 5-7 in Chicago at The McCormick Center. We encourage you to be a part of this new destination for the digital economy. Tek Stadium […]

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Rethinking Data Integration: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

March 18, 2015

By Julie Rachel, Principal Architect, Data & Information Architecture, CableLabs — The modern-day cable industry is represented by a complex framework of legacy data systems.   Problems arise in the integration of these systems. Traditionally, the industry has relied on project-based integration approaches, which are often architected in isolation and removed from a more holistic enterprise […]

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Voice Service Over Wireless Networks

March 9, 2015

By Bernie McKibben, Distinguished Technologist, CableLabs — Voice traffic has consumed the airwaves of cellular and Wi-Fi networks for years now, being popular with subscribers and a revenue source for operators. Wi-Fi calling is rapidly expanding as a valued service for subscribers. Operators who offer Wi-Fi calling on their own Wi-Fi networks have a unique […]

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Insights From Creating A Collaborative Workplace

February 25, 2015

by Mitchell Ashley, Vice President, CableLabs — In 2013, CableLabs embarked on an ambitious project to re-imagine its Louisville, Colorado location into a work environment that better aligns with CableLabs’ growing innovative culture and strong sense of collaboration. Traditional high walled cubes and offices were no longer conducive to the level of interaction, flexibility, and innovation that CableLabs’ team members, projects, and visitors need. […]

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Healthcare and the Role of Cable

February 12, 2015

by Ken Fricklas, Director, CableLabs — Advances in nanotechnology, internet of things, 3D printing, personalized medicine, genomics, and big data are creating a convergence that will allow lower-cost, more effective, and more convenient medical practices to become the norm over the next few years. These advances will change the medical landscape significantly, and create large […]

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CES 2015: Connecting Things

February 2, 2015

By Clarke Stevens, Principal Architect, CableLabs – Once again, this year’s CES was the biggest ever. With over 170,000 attendees, 2.2 million square feet of floor space, and over 3,600 exhibitors it was by far, the highest nerd density location in history. The densest of the dense were in Eureka Park where over 375 startups […]

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Wi-Fi Radio Resource Management (RRM)

January 29, 2015

by Neeharika Allanki, Architect, CableLabs — In-home wireless device and data explosion Over the past decade, advances in mobile technology have been growing by leaps and bounds. Almost every house has at least 5.7 data consuming devices according to a study by the NPD group. Wireless data usage is expanding at an exponential rate and […]

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