Former Hewlett-Packard CTO Phil McKinney was hired as president and CEO of the research consortium CableLabs 28 months ago to pick up the pace of innovation in the cable industry. A self-described “innovation guy,” McKinney came in with a mandate from cable CEOs to accelerate product cycles across DOCSIS, Wi-Fi, set-tops, 4K and other industry initiatives. And McKinney seems to be accomplishing the mission of turning the cable industry into something at least vaguely familiar with the torrid evolutionary pace of Silicon Valley On the occasion of his third CES as CableLabs chief, FierceCable caught up with McKinney in Las Vegas and discussed the broad topic of cable industry innovation.
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