Technology Outlook: The Cable Show 2014

An image of the Imagine Cafe at the 2014 Cable Show.

The Cable Show 2014 was back in Los Angeles this year – which usually allows for a larger contingent of content folks to attend given the proximity of Hollywood. This year saw a good mix of technology folks rubbing shoulders with content-types but it almost felt like two shows in parallel – one set of…

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Viodi View – 05/27/14

May 27, 2014
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Beware of the Unseen Competitor was a title of an article written many years ago that warned broadband operators of the rise of competitors from completely different market sectors. Of course, it is the Internet and the intelligence of the things that helps turn products into mere features and brings in competition from seemingly disparate industries. In the Korner below,…

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Are the Internet of Things (IoT) & Internet of Everything (IoE) the Same Thing?

May 23, 2014
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Introduction: For quite some time, Cisco and Qualcomm have used the term Internet of Everything (IoE) to describe what almost everyone else refers to as the Internet of Things (IoT). Qualcomm says on its IoE web page “When smart things everywhere are connected together, we will be able to do more and be more. This is the…

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The Software Driven Vehicle

May 23, 2014
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A picture of an electric vehicle from LIT Motors at CES 2014.

As simple and as safe as a car combined with the benefits of a motorcycle is what LIT Motors promises with its C-1 electric vehicle. With a projected range of almost 200 miles, a top speed of over 100 miles per hour and anticipated pricing in the mid-20 thousands (before tax credits), the C-1 (working name) has potential…

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Cable Show 2014 Musings

May 22, 2014
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Sean Combs at the 2014 Cable Show discussing his cable network RevoltTV.

The following are some observations from and reactions to the recent 2014 Cable Show. Impressive Demos Open Up DNS, Comcast Is it a Revolution or More of the Same Freedom to Be Creative Tap a WiFi Hot Spot 4K, 4K, 4K Stay Tuned Impressive Demos Comcast had a series of impressive demonstrations at the cable…

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FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Stirs Up Controversy- Reclassify or Not?

May 19, 2014
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On May 15th the FCC Commissioners narrowly voted to approve a framework for rules that would create an Internet fast lane, while trying to patch up the loopholes that would make that fast lane possible. The proposal from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would ban broadband providers from blocking or slowing down websites, but leaves the door…

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TiECON Flash: U.S. Dept of Commerce & TiE in Partnership to Promote Exports

May 17, 2014
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TiE Silicon Valley President Venk Shukla kicked off TiECon (The Indus Entrepreneurs annual conference) by stating that “wealth creation through entrepreneurship” was TiE’s principal mission (or reason for being).  Also, that TiE was “deeply ingrained in Silicon Valley” through its members which are at start-ups, established companies, VCs and private equity firms. [Note: While the overwhelming…

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Viodi View – 05/12/14

May 12, 2014
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Operational and incremental improvements using cable television infrastructure as a wireless network and as an enabler of the Internet of Things were big themes of the recent four-day Cable Show confab in Los Angeles. Although 4K was prominent in multiple booths and displays at the conference, much to my surprise, there were no blockbuster announcements…

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Ethernet Tech Summit Reveals Many Paths to “Open SDN”

May 10, 2014
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  Introduction: “SDN” and “open networking” were very hot topics at last week’s Ethernet Technology Summit in Santa Clara, CA. You might be wondering what SDN has to do with Ethernet, as it’s not specified in any SDN or open networking standards. The answer is that Ethernet is the underlying Layer 1 and 2 (PHY and MAC)…

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