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Photos: NCTC Winter Educational Conference

Jeff Baumgartner
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Jeff Baumgartner
2/28/2013
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LAS VEGAS - NCTC Winter Educational Conference (WEC) -- Mobile World Congress wasn't the only event going on this week. Cable's Tier 2/3 crowd gathered here to discuss new technologies, fresh service options and how the ever-changing regulatory environment is affecting independent cable operators.

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sport8
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sport8,
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3/5/2013 | 3:12:59 PM
re: Photos: NCTC Winter Educational Conference
Hi Craig, -áGive me a call and I'll fill in more on-áthis-áHosted SDV...
FrankP
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Jeff Baumgartner,
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3/4/2013 | 10:06:31 PM
re: Photos: NCTC Winter Educational Conference
They base everything on-áCisco's SDV platform (but it can work on Moto-based cable systems), but the SDV control systems run out of-áAdara's facility in Toronto. As they explain it, the-áMSO needs a-á10Mbit/s to 15Mbit/s link for guide and app data and a-áCisco bulk encryptor and SDV resource manager. They've signed on several tier 2/3 operators since, but here's what we ran on them a while back: http://www.lightreading.com/do...

JB
wbauer693
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wbauer693,
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3/4/2013 | 7:20:23 PM
re: Photos: NCTC Winter Educational Conference
-áHow but you come up with a name that will take off.
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craigleddy,
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3/4/2013 | 4:14:52 PM
re: Photos: NCTC Winter Educational Conference
Among your photos (which I appreciate since I wasn't at NCTC), what caught my eye was the "hosted" switched digital video solution from Adara. Hosted SDV? How does that work?
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jtombes,
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3/4/2013 | 2:16:05 PM
re: Photos: NCTC Winter Educational Conference
I'll concede: the term 'set-back' has never really taken off. Good to hear that you included WiFi. If an operator's doing a cloud-based DVR, this little device would cover the bases for most subs.-á
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wbauer693,
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3/3/2013 | 4:42:03 PM
re: Photos: NCTC Winter Educational Conference
-áNot sure why it would not be called a set top the only things we
have changed from a legacy set top is reduce the size, reduce the
cost and added Wi-Fi. Just what operators keep asking for. It still
has an RF cable input, remote control and its only outputs go to a
television. Operators have always wanted a set top that could Velcro
to the back of the TV and with new technology we can finally
deliver.
Jeff Baumgartner
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Jeff Baumgartner,
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3/3/2013 | 3:55:12 PM
re: Photos: NCTC Winter Educational Conference
Okay, then. Video client? How would you label that sort of a product? -áPerhaps I'll ask Bill to weigh in. JB
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jtombes,
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3/2/2013 | 4:25:25 PM
re: Photos: NCTC Winter Educational Conference
That's not a set-top! (#7). Though I'm not sure what word fits for a device with set-top functionality that fits in your palm. Also looks a textbook case for the opposite of feature creep, which I'd thought had been afflicting some of Bill B's technology.
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Jeff Baumgartner,
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3/1/2013 | 10:40:23 PM
re: Photos: NCTC Winter Educational Conference
On the Arris-Moto deal referenced on the final slide,-áa quick clarification: it's actually slated to close sometime *in* April. JB
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