Looking for a little light reading this holiday season? Here’s an excerpt from our recently published paper on CCAP and the cable industry’s migration to IP. If it piques your interest, you can find the complete paper on our Gate M site.
Excerpt from the introduction to “Bridging the Gap to CCAP and Beyond”
The popularity of new cable TV and Internet services – particularly Internet video – has changed the requirements for cable infrastructure and the cable network as we once knew it. Today, a single DOCSIS channel isn’t enough to support data demand, and legacy analog video channels are rapidly losing ground to narrowcast video QAMs. Bandwidth is at a premium, and the fine balance between subscriber demand and capacity constraints is growing more difficult to sustain.
Parallel pressure from data and video is driving an entirely new vision for the next generation of cable infrastructure. Issues of overall bandwidth availability are being managed near term with strategies like switched digital video and analog-to-digital conversion. However, there are also new challenges springing up thanks to limited rack space in the headend, and increasing expenses driven by power and cooling needs. Given finite resources, cable providers are struggling to add on DOCSIS and QAM channels without straining budgets or available pace. It’s not a matter of just building on top of old equipment, but of finding innovative new ways to increase channel density and reduce costs.
Beyond driving greater density through the network, the industry as a whole is also exploring the potential of a future Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP). The goal of CCAP is to bring data and video delivery together in one integrated system. This should result in greater resource efficiency and create a useful transition to all-IP delivery. The only problem is that cable providers have to manage the day-to-day growth of existing systems while planning for the possibility of a CCAP migration. For both data and video delivery, there are conflicting imperatives between the demand for immediate upgrades, and the demand for convergence. To be successful, the cable industry needs new strategies for extending the life and value of today’s systems, while preparing for the converged platform of the future.
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This week, Motorola paired up with FourthWall Media to further integrate set-top boxes and mobile devices. This will allow Motorola to continue extending its multiscreen capabilities enabling users to program their DVRs remotely or play on-demand video from their smartphones and tablets. Ryan Lawler from GigaOM also discusses why providing content on multiple platforms is becoming more prevalent as the media landscape continues to evolve.
In retrospect, 2011 has been a very eventful year for the digital entertainment industry. Mashable wraps up some of this year’s major changes that have affected media production, consumption and distribution such as an influx in social TV activity and the transformation of tablets into second screens. Ben Drawbaugh also shares some of his predictions for the future of TV in his opinion piece for Engadget. Drawbaugh speculates that providers might start offering unbundled programming to subscribers. What do you think will happen to TV in 2012?
1. Motorola, FourthWall form a multi-screen bond (Dec. 13) By Brian Santo, CED: Motorola Mobility has adopted products from FourthWall Media to support tighter integration between set-top boxes and mobile devices.
2. The ubiquity imperative: Why content needs to be everywhere (Dec. 13) By Ryan Lawler, GigaOM: The media world is quickly changing, being driven by a vast number of new devices from which viewers can access content and the ease of finding content on-demand.
3. Video streaming on game consoles up seven percent over last year (Dec. 15) By Dieter Bohn: Nielson has released numbers showing that a very large number of consumers have realized that the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Wii sitting under their television does more than just offer video games.
4. 5 Major Trends That Changed Digital Entertainment in 2011 (Dec. 14) By Christina Warren, Mashable: As 2011 comes to a close, it’s time to look back and reflect on some of the major events, changes and trends across various industries.
5. What’s wrong with TV, and what it takes to change it (Dec. 16) By Ben Drawbaugh, Engadget: America’s favorite pastime, and perhaps that of all first-world countries, has yet to be truly rocked by technology.
FourthWall Media announced today an agreement with Motorola Mobility today in a release to utilize FourthWall’s EBIF Platform for Motorola set-tops and FourthWall’s AirCommand solution, both for Motorola Medios, a multi-screen service management software suite for the cable industry.
The Motorola Medios MultiScreen Service Management Software Suite helps service providers automate and simplify video management and delivery, content marketing, interactivity and network management through a cost-efficient, flexible system of powerful but easy-to-use applications. Integrating AirCommand into Medios enables operators to deploy subscriber experiences that have been limited to IP-capable set-tops only. Now, any EBIF-capable set-top, including the sizeable deployed base of legacy QAM set-tops, can provide subscribers with true next-generation experiences without having to transition to IP.
Read more in today’s announcement here