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Operational Challenges – DOCSIS CMTS Challenges to Operators – Episode 17

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Operational Challenges in Cable - CMTS Challenges to Operators

Episode 17 Hosted by Brady Volpe of the Volpe Firm.  Guest John Downey and Steve William TWC Director, Access Network Planning, Design, & Operations.  Steve Williams, Director, Access Network Planning, Design, & Operations at Time Warner Cable.  Steve is also a huge supporter of the SCTE, having served as on a number of SCTE chapter and National board positions and is currently serving on our SCTE Board of Directors.  Hello Steve and thanks so much for your support of the SCTE and to our industry.  We will also cover operational challenges in cable operator.

Discussion Highlights

Today we have news, updates from the Cable Tec Expo last week in New Orleans. And we want to bring our listeners the highlights from the show.

In the NEWS

Cord cutting - What is the true story?

  • According to eMarketer cord cutting has jumped 10.9% over last year
  • According to bgr.com Apple has abandoned a TV subscription service model becuase they cannot break away their desired 25-30 channels from content providers
  • But, according to 24/7 Wall Street, Comcast, Viacom, and Time Warner are all beating Wall Street earnings estimates - so do we care about cord cutting?

So Steve, John and I normally discuss Over the top content from a data standpoint over DOCSIS networks.  I just recently upgraded my Netflix subsciption so that I could see how data throughput and buffering would impact a DOCSIS network when streaming 4k TV shows.  But I was amazed at seeing my data rates spike to 40 Mbps when 4k episodes where buffering.  Netfilx in UltraHD or 4k is basically 3 times the bandwidth of HD content.  What is the MSO perspective on this?

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Mia Colabrese

Mia Colabrese has over 20 years of Cable TV Broadband experience. Focused in telecommunications product development and marketing. She is a graduate from Penn State University.

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