NCTA’s Powell: Don’t call us cable – Katy on the Hill

Nobody likes their cable company. And no one woke wishing their cable company would get bigger.

So, maybe if the cable industry changes its name, the industry may get a better rap among consumers and maybe the Comcast-Time Warner Merger wouldn’t have been blown up so enthusiastically by regulators.

via NCTA’s Powell: Don’t call us cable – Katy on the Hill.

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Look it’s the next generation network! Comcast tests a 1 Tbps link — Tech News and Analysis

Summary:

As our devices multiply and our home broadband (and mobile) connections get faster the middle mile and backhaul networks have to keep up. That’s why Comcast’s test of a 1-terabit-per-second network matters.

via Look it’s the next generation network! Comcast tests a 1 Tbps link — Tech News and Analysis.

Viewers irked as cable costs rise | Variety

Let’s face it: If you are a cable subscriber, once again alarmed as your bill heads further into the triple digits, you may think of taking drastic action, but chances are still pretty good that you won’t cut the cord.

Convenience, comfort and lack of true competition are what have allowed cable operators to raise rates on their customers, even when they’ll be paying more for the same, or shelling out substantial monthly fees for a whole plethora of programming they will never watch or even find.

via Viewers irked as cable costs rise | Variety.

FCC clarifies set-top box IP interface requirement and extends deadline to 2014 – HDEngadget

Engadget

You may have not noticed, but your cable box at home has a Firewire port on it, designed to serve up content to other devices in your home. This almost useless port — thanks DRM — is a result of an FCC mandate that has been enforced for almost ten years. Due to the lack of use, the cable industry asked that the rules be updated to require an IP interface instead. That request was granted in the fall of 2010 and was supposed to go into effect this very month.

via Engadget.

Cable companies ordered to support HD content streaming within homes by 2014 | The Verge

The FCC has ordered cable operators and TiVo to update their cable boxes to include support for HD streaming over home networks to devices like PCs, smart TVs, and tablets. In addition to video streaming, cable boxes must also allow HD video recording on external devices through home networks. By June 2nd 2014 the vast majority of set top boxes will have to support an open standard, although cable companies with fewer than 400,000 subscribers have been given an extra three months to implement the changes.

via Cable companies ordered to support HD content streaming within homes by 2014 | The Verge.

What Happens If TV Goes the Way of Music and Newspapers? – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic

The basic math suggests that buying the TV you love on-demand would probably be either much more expensive than you’d think … or much lower quality than you’d accept

 

Do you love television but hate your cable company? Then you’ll be thrilled to hear this bit of news.

Les Moonves, the chief executive at CBS, said in an interview that if the cord-cutting revolution takes off, he is prepared to distribute TV directly to viewers through apps. “If the universe changes and they [viewers] want us to bring the content directly to them, then we can,” he said.

This is music to the ears of those who’ve been predicting that the End of Cable will be as inevitable and consumer friendly as the webification of newspapers and the iTunes-ification of music. It sounds like the best of both worlds. In an on-demand world, you get the TV you love, and only the TV you love, without those hundreds of pointless channels you don’t, and save all this money in the process! That’s the dream, at least.

Here’s the reality. If the cable bundle dissolves, buying the TV you love on-demand would probably be either much more expensive that you’d think … or much lower quality than you’d accept.

via What Happens If TV Goes the Way of Music and Newspapers? – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic.