The idea of a bandwidth crisis that has cable close to hanging an "out of bandwidth" sign on the front door is "unwarranted," Cox [COX] CTO Chris Bowick said Wed at SCTE’s annual confab. "I know we’ve got enough…the tools available to optimize bandwidth are there. We just need to deploy them." Recombining nodes, advanced multiplexing and converting analog channels to digital were examples mentioned during a panel on ways to leverage recently upgraded systems without dragging out backhoes for bandwidth bolstering. "Tearing up streets is the last thing you want to do," Charter [CHTR] CTO Wayne Davis said. "It took [the industry] $85bln to get where it is now. It’s going to cost a whole lot less to get to all-digital." Panelists’ comments came as the "Next Generation Network Architecture" project led by Comcast [CMCSA], Cox and Time Warner is receiving plenty of press attention. Bowick wasn’t too specific about the project, but said it’s critical to look at the next-generation network. "We need to open up the architecture to any and all vendors to get in the game, and open things up to the retail sale." (Laura Hamilton, Communications Technology mag) – – CEO Chatter: No surprise VoIP emerged as a hot button during SCTE’s CEO panel, with Bright House Networks announcing a managed VoIP launch Mon in Tampa. Carl Vogel distilled Charter’s experience in St Louis and Wausau, WI, thus: "Your plant has to be clean, and your back office has to work." But he downplayed Verizon’s FTTH rollout in Keller, TX. "We haven’t seen much impact," he said. "It’s something to talk about on analyst calls." Other topics included HD: Advance/Newhouse’s Bob Miron revealed 12% of Bright House subs (42K) are using HD. On ITV: Sex and gambling will be the top apps in some markets "but a lot of it can be very pedestrian," such as simple game or customer care, OpenTV [OPTV] chmn/CEO Jim Chiddix said. — Jonathan Tombes, Communications Technology mag

The Daily


Frontier Set to Move Out of Chapter 11

Frontier announced that the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted to approve its emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Read the Full Issue
The Skinny is delivered on Tuesday and focuses on the cable profession. You'll stay in the know on the headlines, topics and special issues you value most. Sign Up


Apr 23
Top Ops – 2021 Nominations Nominations Due: April 23, 2021
Jun 10
The FAXIES Awards – Virtual CelebrationSave the Date! - June 10, 2021
Jul 16
Diversity List – 2021 Nominations Due: July 16, 2021
Sep 10
Most Powerful Women – 2021 Nominations Due: Sept 10, 2021
Dec 7
Most Powerful Women CelebrationSave the Date!
Full Calendar


Seeking an INDUSTRY JOB?

Hiring? In conjunction with our sister brand, Cynopsis, we are offering hiring managers a deep pool of media-savvy, skilled candidates at a range of experience levels and sectors, The result will be an even more robust industry job board, to help both employers and job seekers.

Contact for more information.