Largest CableNET® Yet—Forum to Display Cable's New Consumer Offerings
'Outside the Box' Theme at Western Show to Focus on Innovative Products—Ready for Retail
Louisville, Colorado, October 4, 1999—This year CableNET®'99 will go Outside the Boxto showcase the growing number of communications products and services that cable systems soon will make available to consumers.
As a part of the Western Show convention, CableNET '99 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from December 15–17, 1999, where more than 60 companies will demonstrate high-speed cable modems, digital set-top boxes and IP telephony services that will meet consumers' information and entertainment needs.
Co-sponsored by the California Cable Television Association (CCTA) and Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs®), CableNET is an educational forum demonstrating the potential of the cable industry's hybrid fiber/coaxial systems—and the expanding number of video, telecommunications and entertainment applications it will deliver to cable customers.
"This year's exhibit theme, Outside the Box, really hits the mark," said CableLabs President and CEO, Dr. Richard R. Green, "because it exemplifies the innovative thinking that has lead to a host of advanced services that will change consumers' lives. And CableNET once again contains a wide array of products and services that are available already, or are soon to be deployed on cable systems."
CableLabs manages key cable industry research and development projects—such as OpenCable™, PacketCable™, and CableLabs® Certified™ cable modems—that seek to assure interoperability with future telecommunications technologies and services.
OpenCable is seeking to advance interoperable digital services; the CableLabs Certified cable modems initiative is aimed at attaining retail sales of interoperable high-speed cable modems; and PacketCable is focusing on interoperable Internet Protocol-based services that will be distributed over cable's hybrid fiber/coaxial systems. One of the initial services for PacketCable is Internet Protocol (IP)-based telephony, which uses the Internet or other packet networks, for delivery of telephone calls.
CableLabs manages these interoperability projects on behalf of its members, who are cable television system operators based on the continents of North and South America. CableLabs has undertaken these interoperability projects as a collective effort with its members and participating vendors, many of whom will be featured at CableNET®'99. Because of its key position in these projects, CableLabs serves as a focal point for the convergence of the cable, computer, consumer electronics, and broadcast industries.
The CCTA, which produces the Western Show each year, is the nation's largest state cable association with over 370 member companies providing services to more than 6.8 million cable television households in California. Information on the Show can be accessed through www.calcable.org.
The CableNET® '99 exhibit will cover about 10,000 square feet, where approximately 110 pedestals will be showcasing and demonstrating the service delivery options of the companies participating in this year's event. Information on the exhibit can be found at www.cablenet.org. Following is a brief description of what each company will be exhibiting:
- 3Com will demonstrate a number of applications that show the advancement of connected cable applications and services and their integration into everyday life.
- ADC Telecommunications will display primary line telephone services using Internet Protocol and a broadband in-home networking system that uses telephone wiring already in the home via an environmentally hardened outside mounted subscriber unit.
- ATI Technologies will demonstrate a multimedia set-top box that will show high-definition television (HDTV), advanced 3D gaming, and electronic mail/web browsing.
- Broadband Access Systems, Inc. will demonstrate Cuda™, a 12000 IP Access Switch that is carrier class for cable access and that includes a DOCSIS cable modem termination system (CMTS), routing, service provisioning, and network management system.
- Broadcom Corp. plans a number of demonstrations showing cable modems with Quality of Service, a set-top box with a built-in CableLabs® Certified™ cable modem, in-home networking using cable devices and telephone lines, and multichannel toll quality voice-over-cable using Internet Protocol.
- Cabletron will be displaying the SSR 8000 with a DOCSIS CMTS module, combining routing and control of application flows. It also will show a cable network management system supporting devices from multiple vendors, CableLabs� Certified™ cable modems, and CMTSs.
- CANAL+ U.S. TECHNOLOGIES will present its interoperable, open-architecture, interactive television middleware MEDIAHIGHWAY, and MEDIAGUARD, a conditional access system.
- Canon Information Systems, Inc. Canon will demonstrate direct printing of Internet content from a cable headend to a digital set-top box printer using a newly developed cable network software infrastructure.
- Cisco Systems will demonstrate digital video, voice, and data using a digital set-top box that contains a CableLabs� Certified™ cable modem.
- Clarent Corporation will exhibit is voice-over-IP solution including its MGCP call agent, which enables IP phone-to-phone calls over cable networks.
- Com21, Inc. will show broadband telecommuting using a cable modem with firewall appliance and four-port Ethernet hub.
- Conexant Systems Inc. will demonstrate a DOCSIS cable modem based on its integrated and programmable CN9414 single-chip platform.
- Criterion Software Ltd. plans to demonstrate its Renderware toolkit for producing advanced interactive content incorporating integrated video and 3D graphics on advanced digital cable set-top boxes.
- Daewoo is set to exhibit high-speed Internet access via a cable modem.
- DiviCom Inc. will exhibit a digital video headend interacting with different conditional access systems as an OpenCable interoperability demonstration. It also will show high-definition encoding, then HDTV content running through a cable set-top box.
- Elmsdale Media Ltd. will demonstrate video-on-demand.
- Equator Technologies, Inc. plans to display streaming video, dual MPEG-decoded programs for digital picture-in-picture, video conferencing, analog time-shifting and digital post-filtering, all enabled by its low-cost media processor.
- Ericsson, Inc. will be demonstrating a cable modem with embedded telephony technologies that allow PacketCable communications. An additional demonstration will include a USB DOCSIS 1.0 cable modem.
- Fore Systems will exhibit network management and multiple services running over an asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) network.
- GAD Line Ltd. plans to demonstrate voice-over-IP.
- General Instrument is planning to show services enabled by its CableLabs® Certified™ cable modem.
- IBM will display electronic commerce and transactional demonstrations that enable Intranet shopping through a Scientific-Atlanta set-top box.
- ICTV Inc. will show its open platform that delivers interactive broadband content and high-speed Internet access through a set-top box to a television.
- Intelogis, Inc. will demonstrate a power line home network distributing high-speed cable modem content to multiple PCs over standard electrical wiring.
- Interactive Channel will exhibit an electronic program guide, Internet content and e-mail on a television set.
- IPCell Technologies, Inc. will demonstrate its call agent, which enables residential telephony over a cable network using IP technology.
- Lucent Technologies will demonstrate carrier-class packet telephony over cable with real-time billing, an IP-based distributed PBX with a built-in cable modem interface, and the capability to provide seamless delivery of data and voice services between corporate and home offices.
- Media Station, Inc. will exhibit CD-based content-on-demand over cable modem networks.
- Microtune�s demonstration will show how its solid-state dual conversion broadband tuner may handle analog and digital modes in a multimedia setting enabled by a cable modem.
- Mindport, Inc. will showcase its conditional access on a point-of-deployment (POD) module as part of an OpenCable interoperability demonstration, as well as a billing system.
- Motorola Multimedia Networks Division will use its universal serial bus cable modem for streaming video and high-speed Internet access. It also will show a wireless in-home networking system, IP-based interactive and multimedia services, and voice-over-IP applications.
- MuNet.com plans to display its WebGate™ Internet residential and commercial information systems, which enable utilities and other service businesses to acquire, control, and manage data collected remotely, and then to publish this information to authorized users via the Internet.
- NagraVision will demonstrate conditional access interoperability using an OpenCable-based POD module across multiple digital set-top boxes.
- nCUBE will demonstrate in excess of 1,000 three-megabit-per-second simultaneous video streams in one 19-inch headend rack.
- NDS will demonstrate its OpenVideoGuard OpenCable conditional access system integrated in a POD module, highlighting NDS interoperability at the headend and the set-top box.
- Netcom Systems plans to exhibit a network test and management system for high-speed cable modems.
- NetSpeak will demonstrate it's call agent, CLASS and custom calling features, announcement server, routing, and record keeping servers for delivering IP Telephony service over DOCSIS cable networks.
- Nortel Networks will offer a number of demonstrations using its CableLabs� Certified™ cable modems and qualified headend equipment: e-commerce and cable commuting; voice-over-IP; media streaming; network management services; in-home networking of appliances and devices; and Quality-of -Service capabilities.
- Oren Semiconductor will show single-chip demodulation of both OpenCable and off-air HDTV signals for cable-ready digital television applications.
- Pace Micro Technology Plc. plans to demonstrate a digital cable set-top box with an internal DOCSIS cable modem and display high-speed data content as well as video.
- Panasonic AVC American Laboratories will show an integrated digital cable television prototype with an active POD module slot. The exhibit will utilize video content that consists of clear and scrambled (utilizing keys) digital streams to demonstrate conditional access operation with multiple POD module suppliers.
- Philips will demonstrate an OpenCable set-top box with POD module in the OpenCable interoperability area.
- Pioneer New Media Technologies, Inc. plans to show two set-top approaches to pass high-definition video to a plasma display: one set top has a built-in HD decoder, while the other passes compressed video over an IEEE 1394 interface.
- Portal Software, Inc. intends to exhibit an integrated subscriber management and real-time billing system to support a new generation of cable services including DOCSIS cable modems.
- Probita Inc. will demonstrate its network resource manager, which allows cable operators to deploy services across a wide variety of plant designs and consumer premise devices, which supports dynamic session resource management functions.
- RealNetworks will present its latest technologies for delivering live and on-demand broadband streaming media.
- Redback Networks will demonstrate automated provisioning of IP services such as basic Internet access, video and audio. Another demonstration will show how a telecommuter virtual private network (VPN) service may be implemented.
- Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. plans to show high-speed data, voice, and video convergence using its DOCSIS-based integrated telephony cable modem (ITCM) over a cable data system. Samsung also will demonstrate a set-top box with POD as part of an OpenCable interoperability section.
- Scientific-Atlanta will exhibit an OpenCable set-top box with POD module and multiple applications that are enabled by a set-top box and that appear on a television set. It also plans to provide baseband digital-reverse technology.
- SCM Microsystems is part of a group that will demonstrate a new POD module platform that provides secure access to digital cable services running over an OpenCable system.
- SeaChange International will demonstrate interactive advertising, video-on-demand and on-demand education.
- ShareWave, Inc. will show high-speed wireless networking inside a home, delivering data and multimedia with throughput of 11 Mbps. Applications include broadband modem extensions, residential gateways, and network interface cards (NICs).
- Telcordia Technologies plans to demonstrate voice-over-IP calls placed using their TelCordia Call Agent within a cable network.
- TeraLogic, Inc. will present its development platform for cable-ready TV and set-top box with a POD module, which includes the capability to deliver all-format digital television.
- Terayon Communication Sytems plans to demonstrate high-speed residential Internet access using a current generation DOCSIS cable modem.
- Texas Instrument�s Cable Broadband Communications (formerly Libit Signal Processing) will showcase a DOCSIS cable modem reference design with Quality-of-service, voice-over-IP, and CMTS burst receiver with INCA technology for improved robustness and increased capacity on cable upstream channels.
- Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. will exhibit multimedia services, including voice-over-IP, running over a cable system.
- V-Bits, Inc. will be demonstrating digital ad insertion into a progressive refresh MPEG transport stream, showing comparisons of digital program insertion with and without V-Bits I-Frame inserter.
- Visionetics will demonstrate an advanced integrated digital set-top box and multimedia gateway with a built-in DOCSIS cable modem and Web browser.
- WorldGate Communications Inc. will demonstrate high-speed Internet access through a digital set-top box, and channel hyper-linking (SM) ability from TV programming to related Web content with the press of a button on a remote control.
- Zenith Electronics Corp. will exhibit its ability as an interim solution to allow cable operators to deliver off-air transmissions of digital television.
- Zoom Telephonics, Inc. will show a home gateway DOCSIS cable modem with universal serial bus, Ethernet, home phone line, and wireless networking interfaces to demonstrate streaming video and high-speed Internet access.
Among the companies supporting CableNET� 99 with services and in-kind assistance are Cisco Systems, CommScope, Gilbert Engineering, MediOne Group, Mountain Cable Industries, PPC, TeleCrafter, and Thomson Consumer Electronics.
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