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Super Stream Sunday: Are Operators Ready?

This weekend, broadband operators enter uncharted territory: an 11-hour bandwidth-streaming extravaganza in celebration of one of America’s favourite pastimes — Super Bowl Sunday.

For the first time ever, the big game will not only be available to cable TV subscribers. It will be streamed live on NBC’s website for anyone in the U.S. who tunes in, regardless of whether they pay for monthly services or not. Even outside of the U.S., Internet viewers can still tune in by paying $9.99 to stream the game from NBC.

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Daddy, Why Can’t I Watch TV Today?

Your users don’t want to disappoint their sons or daughters with slow speeds when they’re trying to watch the latest animated feature or teen series online. So they do what most people do under pressure from their kids — they purchase a faster Internet speed. This way, they can guarantee that all their family members are able to watch videos online at anytime they want to. Continue Reading

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The Velocity of Change at SCTE

Engineering wise, how’s the industry doing? With that question in mind, hundreds descended on Denver for this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

That question begs to be answered. Really, can we still separate the engineering ‘cool’ stuff from the business chic? By which I mean the business requirements from subscribers who demand communication and entertainment when they want it, where they want it, and on whatever device they want it delivered to. Continue Reading

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How does Surging OTT Content Affect Bandwidth Consumption?

Binge-watchers rest assured, OTT content providers show no sign of slowing down. New reports from Digital TV Research show global online TV and video revenues over fixed broadband networks will reach $42.34 billion by 2020. This forecast is warmly received by major OTT companies like Netflix, a content provider estimated to be aiming for over 104 million international subscribers by 2020. Continue Reading

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Building a Healthy Service Network

As year-over-year bandwidth consumption continues to grow rapidly — with global fixed-internet petabyte consumption per month being estimated to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32% from 2010-2015 — forecasting future service requirements is becoming an increasingly complicated job. When building a healthy service network, capacity planners need an accessible way to identify where capacity levels are high, where congestion problems exist, and how many subscribers are impacted. Continue Reading

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