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Rogers Hires ActiveVideo CTO to Lead IPTV Shift

Cable engineering vet John Callahan has left ActiveVideo to join Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI) Communications and run its IP video transition. Light Reading Cable reported in March that the move was imminent. (See 'Start Over' Pioneer to Join Rogers .)

Callahan started with Rogers in mid-May as VP of its next-generation video realization program, a precious name to be sure. Callahan was previously an engineer at former Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), where he helped pioneer the operator's Full Service Network video-on-demand/interactive TV trial in Orlando. There he also helped develop its "Start Over" app. He now reports to Bob Berner, Rogers's CTO and EVP of network.

Our sources describe the Rogers next-gen video strategy as focusing on video-over-Docsis and cloud-based navigation and apps systems. Callahan is said to be in charge of that massive IP video transition.

And that should give Callahan, who was also involved in Time Warner Cable's 2006 broadband TV trial with RealNetworks Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), another chance to break new ground for the cable industry. Callahan will help Rogers develop what's likely to be the first pure IP video services platform for hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) networks. (See Time Warner Starts Over on BBTV.)

The jumping off point of the project appears to be NextBox 2.0, a new video product from Rogers that uses hybrid QAM/IP video gateways and other elements of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s Videoscape platform. (See Rogers Fires Up Cisco's Videoscape.)

Callahan most recently was CTO of ActiveVideo, which has its own cloud TV technology and is a Cisco Videoscape technology partner. ActiveVideo has not yet named his successor. (See Cisco & ActiveVideo Go Steady and 'Start Over' Pioneer Restarts at ActiveVideo.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

craigleddy 12/5/2012 | 5:31:49 PM
re: Rogers Hires ActiveVideo CTO to Lead IPTV Shift

This seems like a good fit for both Callahan and Rogers. John has seen it all on the advanced video side, and Rogers is one of the smarter service providers figuring out the IP video space.

Plus, John is a funny SOB who did stand-up comedy at one point. That puts him in good company with David Purdy, VP/GM at Rogers, and another smart, funny SOB (it's nice to use non-technical acronyms sometimes). In between solving video issues they could take their comedy act on the road: "Did ya hear the one about the priest, the rabbi and the Docsis 3 modem?" 


Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:31:46 PM
re: Rogers Hires ActiveVideo CTO to Lead IPTV Shift

You'll have to tell me the punchline the next time we cross paths.

This'll defintely be a new challenge for him... this is all new ground for most cable operators, and it sounds like Rogers is going to be aggressive in this area. Considering Rogers has things covered on the wireline and mobile side, they could use IP to deliver a true TV Everywhere play, if they can just get the rights. JB

craigleddy 12/5/2012 | 5:31:43 PM
re: Rogers Hires ActiveVideo CTO to Lead IPTV Shift

The punchline is: "It says sprocket not socket!"

That's a reference to a Steve Martin bit about over-using technical jargon, a good lesson for us all. Click here for the full joke and make sure to properly use your Langstrom 7" gangly wrench.  




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