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CableLabs, Vendors Prepare To Solve Multicast Problem

A cable-optimized version of IP multicast has jumped to the forefront as a priority for the industry, and is a major initiative at CableLabs.

In an update of R&D activity at the recent CableLabs winter conference in Atlanta, Matt Schmitt, Director for DOCSIS, and Jesus Lopez, Director of Certifications, said multicast was among the initiatives related to development of an all-IP cloud-based approach to delivering pay TV service. Content ingest, encoding, packaging and ways to support alternate content and ad insertion are also part of the cloud initiative, they said.

Read more from Fred Dawson at Screenplays.