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Viodi View – 07/26/18

Next week’s 2018 Independent Show in Anaheim is sure to draw comparisons to the legendary Western Cable Show. The next three videos provide a preview of what to expect from a show that has the energy and in many ways a similar vibe of the exciting times when the cable industry was still young and the Western Cable Show was a must-attend event.

Nurturing Innovation – #NCTCWEC

Chris Lammer of Cabelabs at the WEC17.
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Expanding internationally has given CableLabs both scale and the opportunity to find innovation from around the world, according to CableLabs’ COO, Chris Lammer. CableLabs Upramp program is another way they are nurturing innovation. Upramp matches young companies that are fresh from accelerators with mentors from the CableTV industry to help them develop products that meet the needs of the cable industry.

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Continual Broadband Investment Is Necessary – #TIS17

Bryan Lynch discusses FTTH and the positive economic impact it has including on home values.
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“You have to keep reinvesting in your network to assure performance,” says Bryan Lynch, Senior Vice President of Cable for Schurz Communications. For Schurz Communications, this has meant four major upgrades to their network in its 50+year existence with the latest iteration being fiber-to-the-home (FTTH). Lynch points out that the investment has been substantial. He describes FTTH as essentially bringing the headend to the consumer, greatly improving reliability, relative to networks with active components in the outside plant.

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Video Programming – Something Has Got to Give – #TIS17

Todd Juenger discusses when the video programming cost escalation fever will finally break.
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“It is real now,” exclaims Todd Juenger, Vice President, Senior Analyst, US Media, for Sanford C. Bernstein. Speaking at the 2017 Independent Show, Juenger explains that by 2023 that, on average, video programming will be a zero-margin business and that this is already a reality in some cases for smaller operators. He suggests that this could present a turning point in negotiations between content owners and distributors. Juenger suggests that broadcast retransmission has a slightly different dynamic in that they started from a lower-base and that a free alternative (e.g. off-air antenna) exists.

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The Corporate Electric Bike Share

Colin Roche of Swiftmile with one of their bikes at the 2018 ProspectSV Innovation and Impact Summit.
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Bikeshare isn’t just for urban areas, as Matt Dosch, COO of Comporium, indicates that Rockhill, SC (population approximately 73,000) saw 900 trips in June with an average trip-distance of about 3-miles for its sponsored bikeshare program. Electric-assist bikes and electric scooters expand the market even further into something that is more accurately described as personal mobility sharing. Enter Swiftmile into the mix, which has an offering that could be described as a hybrid bikeshare model.

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Rapidly Deployable WiFi Played Key Role in Thai Cave Rescue by Alan Weissberger

Looking into the cave entrance.
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A U.S. based company’s outdoor WiFi gear played an important role in the recent Thailand cave rescue. In a saga that gripped the world, 12 young Thai boys and their soccer coach were trapped for two weeks, before being rescued by Thai Navy Seals. In this article, Alan Weissberger details the WiFi network that was assembled for the rescue operation.

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The Korner – Autonomous Vehicles – Augmentation or Replacement? #SmartDrivingCar

Human Driving Association Jacket at the 2018 SmartDrivingCar Summit
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For those of us in Silicon Valley, the journey to next week’s TIS18 will an opportunity to get behind the wheel and experience the wide open road that connects the northern and southern halves of the Golden State. At some point, will this privilege be taken away, as mobility robots prove safer, cleaner and cheaper? This raises the fundamental question of whether autonomy will augment or replace the human.

Author, angel investor and Cannonball Run (yes, it is a real thing and not just a 1981 movie starring Burt Reynolds) winner, Alex Roy, addresses this question in the above interview, filmed at the 2018 SmartDrivingCar Summit. As the founder of Human Driving Association, his view echos that of car designer and futurist Michael Robinson in that the automation features must improve safety, while effectively becoming an extension of the human.

Roy describes the Human Driving Association and its efforts to responsibly implement automation to improve all aspects of vehicle safety. Check out the Human Driving Association’s manifesto, which includes a proposal for a “Constitutional Amendment, creating a right to drive, within the limits of safety technologies that do not infringe upon our freedom of movement.”

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Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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