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NCTA Clears Up Set-Top Box Energy Reports

June 19, 2014

By, CableLabs Staff – Set-top Box Energy Consumption Recently a lot of waves were made when the L.A. Times published an article claiming that cable TV boxes have become the second-biggest energy using appliance in consumers’ homes. Unfortunately, there were several inaccuracies in the article, including statements made about the Industry Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy […]

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Why It’s Time to Pay Attention to Facial Recognition

June 17, 2014

By Garey Hassler, Lead Engineer, CableLabs – “Face” It, We Like Being “Recognized” As consumers, we love to be pampered. We enjoy feeling special and unique. This is especially true when we are spending our time and money on services. Recognition by a waitress or waiter at our favorite restaurant not only increases our loyalty […]

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How DOCSIS 3.1 Reduces Latency with Active Queue Management

June 6, 2014

  By Greg White, Principal Architect, CableLabs – At CableLabs we sometimes think big picture, like unifying the worldwide PON standards, and sometimes we focus on little things that have big impacts. In the world of cable modems a lot has been said about the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth, the rock-solid historical trend where broadband […]

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Video Coding Platforms: Then, Now, and On the Horizon

June 5, 2014

By Greg Rutz, Lead Architect, CableLabs – Up until a few years ago, the encoder/transcoder market was dominated by systems based on ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) architectures that provided excellent performance with minimal power consumption.  These audio/video compression workhorses have allowed cable operators to provide more and more high-quality video to their customers in […]

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What We Can Learn From Lean Startup Business Models

May 22, 2014

by Ken Fricklas, CableLabs – CableLabs sponsored Boulder Startup Week this year, and with that in mind we thought we’d take a look at a startup approach that could have value for business of all sizes and in all stages. Ken Fricklas, who has extensive startup experience, provides his take below: What is Lean and […]

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Will Wi-Fi Have to Share the Waves?

May 21, 2014

By Ian MacMillan A New Competitor? Wi-Fi is alive and well and will be with us for a long time to come.  But for the first time since it became the dominant wireless access technology, there is a potential competitor on the horizon. Few technologies today are as key to how we communicate as Wi-Fi.  […]

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Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM): Smarter Technology for Smarter Maintenance

May 19, 2014

  By Tom Williams, CableLabs – We have always wanted more information about our world: Where is our next meal coming from; what’s the weather like; are my kids OK; did my team win?  Past information delivery systems, such as the telegraph, the telephone, and broadcast television, have all been supplemented with the Internet.  At […]

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Breaking Free From “Legacy Limitations”

May 15, 2014

By Julie Rachel, CableLabs – Cable service providers are now launching many new great products and services to meet the needs of consumers and businesses.  Successful new product launches will require agile platforms and processes that align with the trajectory of new product introductions. Order Experience is one place where new capabilities that provide visual […]

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Approaches to Increasing Wireless Spectrum

May 13, 2014

By Rob Alderfer, CableLabs – At the 2014 Cable Show, one of the hottest topics was Wi-Fi. It doesn’t take long to realize how important access to this suddenly precious resource really is: Studies indicate that the number of wirelessly connected devices will triple by 2020, to a mind-blowing 30 billion devices. [Related: Wireless Spectrum […]

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OnePON™: Addressing the Alphabet Soup of PON

May 12, 2014

  By Curtis Knittle, Director of Optical Technologies, CableLabs – APON, BPON, EPON, GEPON, GPON, G.epon, NGPON1, XGPON1, XGPON2, NGEPON, NGPON2, TWDM-PON, WDMPON – did I leave any out? I’m sure I did. The alphabetical possibilities to represent different versions of passive optical networking (PON) technologies will soon be exhausted. I’m being overly dramatic, of course, […]

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A Look at CableLabs, from CEO Phil McKinney

May 8, 2014

Phil McKinney, CEO at CableLabs, recently wrote an article for Cablefax highlighting the history and work of CableLabs within the cable industry.  Here is a snippet, and be sure to follow the link to read the entire article: “Today’s cable industry is a far cry from what it was twenty years ago when the Internet was […]

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Where to Find CableLabs’ White Papers and Publications

May 6, 2014

You can now find white papers and publications from CableLabs’ present and past on our public website. From some of our archival documents that still have relevance today, to cutting edge research and innovation, we will be updating this section regularly. Click on the “Resources” tab in the main navigation bar and scroll down to […]

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DOCSIS 3.1: Where We Are Today

April 29, 2014

By Belal Hamzeh, CableLabs – The NCTA recently announced Gigasphere, which encompasses the new experiences customers will come to enjoy based on the DOCSIS 3.1 technology developed by CableLabs, Inc. There is a lot of excitement around DOCSIS 3.1, and the new capabilities it will bring to cable networks for cable operators and their customers. Customers will […]

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Carrier-Grade Wi-Fi Keeps Pace With Wi-Fi Network Growth: How CableLabs is Contributing

April 28, 2014

by Mark Poletti, CableLabs – “Operators of all kinds – fixed, mobile, converged and pure-play Wi-Fi – are moving beyond using Wi-Fi just for convenient access, or data offload, and are making it a central part of their broader strategies to support a high quality broadband experience everywhere.”      (Excerpt from WBA Industry Report 2013: Global Trends […]

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The Need for Wireless Spectrum: Infographic

April 25, 2014

  The incredible growth of Wi-Fi is enabling new innovation in wireless, but consumer demand is beginning to overwhelm the available spectrum. CableLabs supports its members’ efforts through technology and standards, working with the Wi-Fi community to drive forward innovations which will help to make Wi-Fi even more useful and seamless than it is today. […]

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DLNA CVP-2: Premium Content to Any Device in Any Room

April 25, 2014

By Amol Bhagwat, Principal Architect, CableLabs – The Need to Deliver Content on Multiple Devices Consumers increasingly expect to consume premium entertainment content in any room and on any device of their choice: Tablets, game consoles, laptops, streaming players, etc. They don’t want their viewing experience limited to just a service provider’s supplied set-top box […]

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