Top Three Solution Trends in 2010

It's fun to follow the "buzz," the things that cable's tech folks are talking about and that they find exciting, but it's sometimes more interesting - and usually more informative - to look at what they're actually doing. And what they were doing this year revol...

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It's fun to follow the "buzz," the things that cable's tech folks are talking about and that they find exciting, but it's sometimes more interesting - and usually more informative - to look at what they're actually doing. And what they were doing this year revolved largely around advanced video.

A quick (OK, maybe not so quick) look back over 2010's news indicates that cable's top three tech efforts for the year were IP video, VOD/on-demand, and gateways/whole home networking.

IP video is kind of a "gimme" in that it encompasses so many different subsets: video over DOCSIS, streaming video, multi-screen plays, tru2way, EBIF, and on and on. For examples, check out some of our recent news about SeaChange, RGB, Ericsson, and TV Everywhere.

Video on demand (VOD) remains a busy arena, despite the fact that it's no longer new. Much of this has to do with its expansion into mobility and onto multiple screens, as with Comcast's Xfinity and even over-the-top (OTT), as noted by analyst house Research and Markets. Another bit of research commissioned by Avail-TVN indicates that VOD helps make the rest of an operator's offerings more enticing.

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Closely related to VOD, gateways and whole-home networking got huge play this year, with CableLabs' IPv6 Interop in November and scads of products at Cable-Tec Expo from such vendors as NDS, ADB, Motorola, SeaChange, and others.

For more (LOTS more) about each of these topics at BGR, go to:





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