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A Hands-On Innovation Experience in Silicon Valley

June 30, 2015

By Don Clarke, Principal Architect, CableLabs — When my boss informed me a few weeks ago that I had been selected to be a participant in an intensive four day “Innovation Boot Camp” at our offices in Silicon Valley, I was surprised and somewhat concerned that I would be taken out of circulation for a […]

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A New Voluntary Agreement for Energy Efficiency: Home Internet Equipment

June 25, 2015

By Debbie Fitzgerald, Director of Client Application Technologies, CableLabs — For a couple of years now, cable operators, along with other pay-tv service providers and manufacturers, have been working diligently to improve the energy efficiency of set-top boxes in the home through the set-top box (STB) Voluntary Agreement. And they have already demonstrated energy savings, […]

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Can a Wi-Fi radio detect Duty Cycled LTE?

June 24, 2015

By Joey Padden, Lead Architect, CableLabs – For my third blog I thought I’d give you preview of a side project I’ve been working on. The original question was pretty simple: Can I use a Wi-Fi radio to identify the presence of LTE? Before we go into what I’m finding, let’s recap: We know LTE […]

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Technology Implications of 2Gbps Symmetric Services

June 11, 2015

By Jon Schnoor, Senior Engineer, Network Technologies, CableLabs — Service providers and municipalities alike continue their push toward offering gigabit services over fiber networks. In fact, fiberville is a web site dedicated to listing which service providers and municipalities provide fiber solutions. Recently, Comcast significantly upped the ante by announcing a 2 Gbps symmetric service […]

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Content Creation Demystified: Open Source to the Rescue

June 9, 2015

by Greg Rutz, Lead Architect, CableLabs — There are four main concepts involved in securing premium audio/visual content: Authentication Authorization Encryption Digital Rights Management (DRM) Authentication is the act of verifying the identity of the individual requesting playback (e.g. username/password). Authorization involves ensuring that individual’s right to view that content (e.g. subscription, rental). Encryption is […]

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OPNFV Builds Momentum With First Code Release

June 4, 2015

By Don Clarke, Principal Architect, CableLabs — Today sees the first OPNFV release known as ‘Arno’ (OPNFV releases are named after rivers) which OPNFV has been busily creating since the community was launched last September. In my blog celebrating the OPNFV launch I outlined the importance of open source to stimulate innovation and accelerate progress […]

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Web Media Playback: Solved with dash.js

June 2, 2015

by Greg Rutz, Lead Architect, CableLabs — (Disclaimer: the author is a regular contributor to the dash.js project) A crucial piece of any standards development process is the creation of a reference implementation to validate the feasibility of the many requirements set forth within the standard. After all, it makes no sense to create a […]

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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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