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SDN & NFV: Moving the Network into the Cloud

February 26, 2014

By Chris Donley, Director, Advanced Networks and Applications, CableLabs – Cisco recently predicted that Internet traffic will reach 1.4 zettabytes per year by 2017. This traffic explosion is putting pressure on service providers to rein in costs while increasing capacity.  Enter Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).  In much the same way […]

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The Search for a Royalty-Free Video Codec

February 19, 2014

By Arianne Hinds, Lead Architect, Standards Strategy, Office of CTO, CableLabs – Recently, there have been some discussions in the news about the quest for a royalty-free video codec in key standards organizations.  How did this quest get started and what exactly is a royalty-free video codec anyway? For starters, a codec is short for […]

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4K TVs: Grasping for Consumers

February 11, 2014

By Daryl Malas, Principal Architect, CableLabs – 4K is a prominent buzzword in home entertainment and across the content industry.  No doubt that during the Sochi Olympics, you will see an advertisement somewhere for UHDTV or 4K TVs, and you might even consider if the Olympics will look even better on your very own 4K […]

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DOCSIS® Technology: National Broadband Down Under

January 28, 2014

By Matt Schmitt, Director, DOCSIS Specifications, CableLabs – I was recently asked to speak with a reporter from Australia about CableLabs newly minted DOCSIS 3.1 specifications.  In and of itself that’s nothing terribly unusual:  in my role as the lead for the DOCSIS 3.1 project here at CableLabs, one of my responsibilities is to inform […]

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CES 2014: Two Trends Cable Should Watch

January 15, 2014

By Clarke Stevens, Principal Architect, CableLabs – Cable television started as a way to get broadcast television to remote locations. It evolved into the consumer technology leader it is today by finding new and non-obvious opportunities and bringing them to consumers.  Two of these opportunities were evident at CES 2014. Internet of Things The trend […]

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Global Wi-Fi Roaming Accelerates

January 10, 2014

By Bernie McKibben, Principal Architect, CableLabs – The days of searching for a Wi-Fi connection may soon be over as pervasive, ubiquitous wireless connectivity becomes a reality for users in major cities around the world. Wi-Fi operators are deploying millions of Access Points (APs) with public Service Set Identifiers, (SSID)s, in their networks and linking their […]

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Expanded Set-top Box Voluntary Agreement a Win for Service Providers and Consumers

January 3, 2014

By Debbie Fitzgerald, Principal Architect, CableLabs – At the end of December, the U.S. Energy Department, along with representatives from the pay TV industry and energy efficiency advocates, announced that the Energy Department has endorsed the Set-top Box (STB) Energy Efficiency Voluntary Agreement and is terminating its plans to regulate STBs.  CableLabs supported the efforts […]

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Clearing the Air: FCC Faces Wi-Fi Spectrum Challenges

December 17, 2013

By Rob Alderfer, Principal Strategic Analyst, CableLabs –  For most of us, Wi-Fi is the way we connect online. It’s the key to our broadband world, and Cable operators are rapidly rolling it out. But the growth of Wi-Fi means that we are using more of the resource, straining wireless capacity. Not only that, but next-gen Wi-Fi, […]

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