They call it “Citizens Broadband Radio Service.” But the kinship with the iconic CB radio medium of the 1970s stops there. Here’s how the cable industry hopes to make hay with a powerful new set of frequencies. From The Broadband Library.
The entertaining, energetic inventor of Ethernet tells all. Here’s my Q&A from The Broadband Library.
The cable industry calls video’s migration to smartphones and tablets “TV Everywhere.” But the data behind the phenomenon tells a different story: TV still gets watched at home more than anywhere else, even over hand-held screens. Here’s what’s going on out there in TV land. Published by The Broadband Library.
If your Internet connection is humming right along just about now, Peter Schultz is a big part of the reason why. Here’s my Q&A with the former Elvis wanna-be who came up with a way to transform fiber optics from the laboratory to the real world. Published in The Broadband Library.
A behind-the-scenes profile for Broadband Library on a first-of-its-kind initiative to deploy a speedy new data delivery technology known as DOCSIS 3.1 across the entire footprint of the cable company Mediacom Communications. There’s a sweet bit of serendipity and wordplay here involving a small California town. But you hafta read it to find it.
With vast selections and all-you-can-consume models, new subscription music services like Google Play, Tidal and Apple Music are rocking a long-moribund category — and now represent the single largest revenue source for the U.S. music industry. Published in The Broadband Library.
HBO’s once again changing the way television works. Here’s how.
A deep dive (but a good one!) into a little-known but emerging technology that uses television airwaves to transmit high-speed Internet signals. Written for the University of New Hampshire’s Broadband Center of Excellence.
Dish Network Corp.’s breakthrough online video service addresses a marketplace sweet spot with such earnestness and resolve that it’s a shame to see it tarred with that sour and pejorative acronym of the new video era: OTT.
Short for “over the top,” this three-letter malcontent of a descriptor has always been a sketchy way to label genuinely innovative and interesting video business models that make use of the Internet. Dish’s millennials-targeted Sling TV is the latest, and the boldest, of the bunch. Continue reading The video acronym that needs to die
Here’s the trick question of the day: How do you make a 30-second mid-roll commercial break within a cable VOD stream vanish?
The answer: stop watching the on-demand video stream before the mid-roll break ever happens. When that happens, the video stream gets interrupted and the session gets torn down. So do the advertising breaks that were supposed to be planted within the forthcoming content.
It happens all the time in the online video space, where completion rates for requested videos vary wildly. But in the advanced cable advertising environment, there’s an extra complication that has to do with the business relationships between TV networks and local cable companies. Continue reading How to make a TV commercial vanish