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MLB Moniker Matchups Marred

(Updated: Oct. 16, 1:01 a.m.: With the Royals dispatching with the Orioles in four and the Giants plucking the Cards 6-4 to move within one game of the Fall Classic, so much for the Orange Is The New Black theory,,,How about the frst-ever Wild Card World Series under MLB's new format?)

Before the first pitch was thrown out on the 2014 MLB postseason  party -- and prior to the Kansas City Royals starting to evoke the 2002 California Angels -- there were plenty of monikered World Series in play.


Capacity Observations

DENVER — Capacity. It’s always a hot ticket at tech-fests, like the 2014 Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Cable-Tec Expo, staged during a week of Colorado gorgeousness. (The last time Expo graced Denver, it was Blizzard City.)


Money, Technology, Timing Have Vexed Cable's Game Attempts


This week's Multichannel News "Game Over" cover story pinpoints cable's failure to capitalize on the latest videogame phenomenon: letting viewers watch videogame players do their thing. 



Some Post-IBC and -Automechanika ’14 Show Thoughts…


My 10-day European excursion ended  a week ago Monday (following another horrendous experience with United Airlines), with visits for three days each to the International Broadcasting Conference 2014 in Amsterdam; Messe Frankfurt’s Automechanika 2014 in Frankfurt; and to one of the world’s largest (and best) fixed satellite services (FSS) providers, SES, in the tiny principality between Francfe and Germany, called Luxembourg.


Jeterian Rewrite

Some people are blessed.


With meteorologists calling for steady rain that would drop inches if not Biblical flooding on some areas of the New York DMA, the Yankees captain’s final game in The Bronx was in jeopardy.


You Say You Want a Revolution?

Disruption and change are historically not high on the cable industry’s to-do list, but those are two things Gainspeed is offering as the startup pitches a “virtualized” form of the Converged Cable Access Platform that, it promises, will help operators boost capacities, simplify their networks, and drive down costs.


Keeping an Eye Fixed on the Future



If you can imagine a world without on-demand services, cable telephony, or broadband, then you can imagine what it was like when a group of cable television professionals convened in 1969 with a straightforward objective — improve the delivery of cable television in the present and in the future to create an environment for engineers to collaborate and learn.




Catching Up With CableLabs


Led off by high-profile projects such as DOCSIS 3.1, CableLabs, the industry’s interoperability specifications specialist and general research-and-development house, has its hands full keeping an eye on what’s important now and what might be on the horizon — a horizon that includes fiber-to-the-home technologies and cable’s expanding and evolving WiFi strategies.



Learning How to Lead at SCTE-Tuck


For a newcomer to cable technology like myself, the agenda for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo this week is a dizzying array of new technology and terminology.  But even to the most seasoned cable professional, it’s clear that the tech community is driving innovation in countless directions at once.