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SCTE 2010: The Challenges of Cable’s IP Video Transition

In this brief video discussion, Rob Polack, Senior Director of Cisco Video Center of Excellence, examines the challenges for cable operators as they shift more video traffic onto their IP plant.

In short, operators will face three distinct challenges in the transition. One is skill sets. As attendees of this week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo know well, this industry is at a pivot point. The volume of change -- analog to digital, MPEG to IP, multicast to unicast -- will create a serious appetite for IP-related training.

Second is the deployment. It’s important to do this in a way that doesn’t strand the legacy base of digital video equipment, for obvious reasons.

Third is operations. Legacy digital video gear isn’t going away anytime soon, which means cable’s technical workforce will be operating parallel plant for the foreseeable future.

The good news, telling of the success factors for IP video, is that training tools for IP are exploding - the SCTE’s tagline, for instance, is “training, certification, and standards.”

Also, cable’s architecture is well-suited for the IP transition. This industry’s technical people have shown over and over and over again that they know how to be efficient and smart, operationally, during times of substantial change.

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