Top 10s of 2012, as Chosen by our Readers

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Btr Feature Art Top10 12 20 12'Tis the season of top 10 lists, so here are some of ours. These are our top-scoring stories and videos for the last year based on data from our web site and e-letters. Together, they make for a dandy barometer of what the cable industry's movers and shakers (aka: our readers) found interesting and important this year.

Top 10 Features

Multiscreenvideo has been a hot topic in cable for the last few years, and that trend continues. Interestingly, WiFi, cell backhaul and smart home topics have moved higher on the collective radar this year.

  1. Adaptive Bitrate Streaming Gets Serious in 2012

  2. Cable and WiFi: A Beautiful Friendship

  3. The 2012 Diamond Technology Reviews Elite Are Here

  4. Cox Sees a Big Future in Mobile Backhaul

  5. MPEG-DASH: ABS, but Without Reinventing the Wheel

  6. Mobile Backhaul's Great Present and Fabulous Future

  7. How to Monetize TV Everywhere

  8. WiFi: No Longer an Add-On

  9. Comcast's Xfinity: More than Security

  10. More Than Barely Managing: Ops Moving on TR-069

Top 10 Blogs

Another change this year is that BTR's blogs are getting much more traction than in the past. (Astute readers may recall that we didn't list them last year.) We're extremely pleased with this change.

  1. Business Services: Business Is Good

  2. Facilities Management for Cable Ops

  3. Guess What: The CALM Deadline is Seven Weeks Away

  4. What Does Your Emergency Plan Look Like?

  5. Cable Operators Can Challenge Power Utilities

  6. Building a Maintenance Program

  7. A Cable Show with a lot of Energy

  8. iPad Wars: XFINITY vs. FiOS

  9. Facilities Management: When to Get Formal

  10. Multiple Paths to SCTE-130 Implementation

Top 10 Videos

Our videos continue to run strong. In editorial videos, show coverage rules the landscape, even more so this year than in 2011. Several of our sponsored videos also made the top 10, with topics related to multiscreen and EAS-CAP garnering the most reader attention.

  1. TECH-LIVE - SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Day 2

  2. TECH-LIVE - SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Day 1

  3. TECH-LIVE - The Cable Show, Day 3

  4. TECH-LIVE - The Cable Show, Day 2

  5. TECH-LIVE - SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Day 3

  6. Time Warner Subscribers "Enjoy Better" with Alcatel-Lucent's Velocix CDN

  7. TECH-LIVE - The Cable Show 2012, Day 1

  8. Adaptive Streaming Leaders 2012

  9. TECH-LIVE - SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Recap

  10. The SDOC and the Road to EAS-CAP Compliance

Honorable Mentions

Our new Best Practices series has been hot right out of the gate, posting impressive numbers from the start. These are multimedia presentations, featuring videos, eBooks and quizzes. Look for more of these in the year(s) to come.

  1. Best Practices Series: Troubleshooting the Drop

  2. eBook: Best Practices for Troubleshooting the Drop

  3. eBook: DOCSIS Troubleshooting

  4. Best Practices Series: Troubleshooting DOCSIS

And that wraps it up for this year. Here's hoping you enjoyed 2012 as much as we did, and best wishes to you all in the new year to come.

Ron Hendrickson is BTR's managing editor. Reach him at
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