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Can a Wi-Fi radio detect Duty Cycled LTE?

June 24, 2015

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 is coming into the unlicensed spectrum in […]

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Technology Implications of 2Gbps Symmetric Services

June 11, 2015

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 that will become available in certain locations. The services […]

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Next Generation Video: Beyond 4K

April 20, 2015

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 analyzed, compared, and tested in a controlled […]

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Interactive TV Ads – Is There a Demand?

April 10, 2015

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 my smartphone, it picked up the audio, and launched a […]

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CableLabs’ Open Source Contributions

April 8, 2015

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 community eager to help. Other times we get advice […]

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CES 2015: Connecting Things

February 2, 2015

Once again, this year’s CES was the biggest ever. With over 170,000 attendees, 2.2 million square feet of floor space, and over 3,600 exhibitors it was by far, the highest nerd density location in history. The densest of the dense were in Eureka Park where over 375 startups debuted the products of their unfiltered imaginations. […]

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Where is that Set-top Box?

November 18, 2014

As a technology developer in the cable industry, my friends often ask me questions like, “Why do I need all these boxes in front of my TV?”, “Why do I need to use so many remotes?” , and “When will I be able to watch TV on my mobile/tablet?” My enthusiastic response has been, “Very soon!” […]

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Cable in the Internet of Things

October 8, 2014

It seems there’s only one thing everyone can agree upon about the Internet of Things – it includes the Internet and connected “things.” There are numerous standards and products that define specific areas within the Internet of Things (home automation, instrumented factories, and connected parking to name a few), but consumers are still largely unaware […]

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Community Wi-Fi – A Primer

September 11, 2014

When walking through a typical residential neighborhood today, all Wi-Fi access points in range are almost always locked, preventing access to anyone but the owner. Although subscribers pay for a certain high-speed broadband connection, bandwidth caps are not reached most of the time. An opportunity exists to optimize bandwidth resources for the benefit of the […]

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The Future of Home Networking: HIPnet, HOPnet, and RAP

July 16, 2014

HIPnet, HOPnet, and The Future of Home Networking You might think this is going to be a story about Eminem, 50 Cent, or the Beastie Boys.  But before you drop that Slim Shady LP on the turntable, let me assure you that this is actually about cool new technology.  It is technology that will change […]

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