Digital simulcasting is one of cable industry’s major initiatives this year; indeed, it tipped the scales in the selection of Communications Technology’s 2005 System of the Year. For more on how Charter Communications Great Lakes Division and Madison, Wisc., system have rolled out this paradigm-shifting technology, see the current issue at www.ct-magazine.com/archives/ct/0705/0705_systemofthe.htm. Widevine/Microsoft spat Tracy Smedlow’s latest itvt newsletter features interviews with Widevine CEO Brian Baker and Microsoft TV executive Ed Graczyk in which the two execs bicker over the extent to which Microsoft TV’s IPTV Edition is closed. The letters are not posted, but Tracy occasionally posts interviews. To receive this letter, visit the itvt website at www.itvt.com. BellSouth CTO Speaks To hear a six-minute clip of BellSouth CTO Bill Smith speaking about IPTV and cable competition, visit Light Reading TV on the Light Reading web site, www.lightreading.com.