It’s not your average home: Each speaker at CTAM Summit’s technology panel has 30-50 connected devices at home vs. the average 5-8 devices per household. In light of that, the biggest challenge in the engineers community is “true customer insight,” said CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney. “I am not a big fan of third party consumer studies…Consumers don’t really know what they are missing” so surveys might not be as effective as expected. Read on for the latest from cable’s techies on what’s happening in the R&D space, Google Fiber and CES 2013.
 
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Boxee unveiled Boxee TV, its device bringing together broadcast TV, DVR and Internet apps (preloaded with Netflix, YouTube, VUDU and more).
 
Hoping more content is the answer for 3DTV, 3net, the jv 3Dnet from Sony, Discovery and IMAX, is launching 3net Studios as a global program production and distribution division. The first slate of projects the company is producing will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
Another setback for DISH in its contract dispute trial with Voom. On Tues, judge Richard Lowe banned DISH’s damages expert, Timothy Brooks, from testifying. Here’s why that could be trouble for DISH.

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MobiTV Layoffs

Last week, ahead of its voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, MobiTV laid off an unspecified number of employees. The pink slips follow another round of layoffs over the summer. MobiTV confirmed the latest

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