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Cable Technologists: Thanks For a Great SCTE Cable-Tec Expo!

To the 10,000 or so of you who joined us in Atlanta this week for the annual Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers Expo – thanks for participating in what was one of the more high-energy, momentous Expos we’ve seen in decades. Wow! What a great one this year.

Starting with the ending, really: On the last afternoon of the show, Steve Callahan, Senior Network Engineer for Time Warner Carolinas, earned the grand prize at the first annual “IP Challenge.” (It wasn’t explicitly because he had fans with handheld signs in the audience [see photo to the left] – Steve really did perform the series of router configurations with alacrity and grace – but it didn’t hurt.
Our overall Cable-Tec Expo 2011 observations: While in years past, engineering to-do lists and intentions were overshadowed by doom-and-gloom predictions of cord-cutters, over-the-top video interlopers, and similar perceived calamity, this year’s Expo attendees were in full-tilt “let’s build it” mode.  The over-arching sentiment was that it’s time to auger in and get fully immersed in this overall transition to IP video. To that we say: Bring it!

In our booth, the two main areas of interest were the nuts-and-bolts details of how to get to “TV Anywhere,” as well as the key architectural elements that will enable the all-IP transition. Watch an unofficial “coffee clutch” video interview between our Mark Palazzo, VP/GM, Cable Access Business Unit, and industry technology columnist Leslie Ellis, about SCTE Expo trends.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjUch2-HICk

In general sessions and workshops, the parallel themes of cloud, network and cloud predominated – which is good, because cloud, network and client are the three pillars of our Videoscape solution, to help service providers make the IP transition with efficiency and speed, which reminds me: Broadband Technology Report 2011 Diamond Technology Review Video Showcase has rated Videoscape a 4.5 out of 5 diamonds (see photo below).

Also in the buzz: CCAP (Cable Converged Access Platform), as a way to cost-reduce the QAM-side of the IP transition scene. To our cable MSO readers: We hear you. The cost of a DOCSIS downstream ran in the $4,000 range, per channel, four years ago.  It is orders of magnitude less now. We are CCAP-ing toward you as fast as we can.

In closing: We’re now officially entering the season of gratitude, so in that vein let us thank all of our cable engineering and technology friends again for such a great week in Atlanta. We really do appreciate your presence, feedback, and perseverance.

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