FX had a celebrity-filled screening of the season-two debut of hit drama series The Americans at The Paris theater in New York City on Feb. 24, and an after party at The Plaza's Palm Court. Click through for more photos.
SCTE Journal: More, More & More
Baseball, apple pie, cable TV: watching video entertainment is a quintessential part of Americana.
And what’s more American than wanting more-more-more, to get everything and to get it bigger, better and faster?
News announcements leading up to the SCTE’s 25th annual Cable-Tec Expo in Philly — the original home of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — have been about letting cable deliver more HD, more bandwidth and more reliable services.
Here’s a roundup of announcements timed for Cable-Tec Expo:
* Evolution Digital is debuting its MPEG-4 digital headend solution for small cable operators, which the company claims can give systems with as little as 550 Megahertz of spectrum the ability to offer 400 high-definition channels. But probably no other services. I guess their math goes like this: 550 MHz provides around 80 QAMs, which could each fit 5 MPEG-4 HDs at 7-8 Mbps.
* EGT is packing three video-processing features into the VIPr Closed-Loop Transcoder appliance: MPEG-4-to-MPEG-2 transcoding; provides statistical multiplexing to fit three MPEG-2 HDs in one QAM; and can downconvert an HD feed into standard-def.
* Concurrent is adding resiliency features to the Real-Time Pitcher 2000 that the company said provides VOD content-ingest success rates of up to 99.999%.
* WideOpenWest has deployed Calix’s GPON solution for high-speed business services.
* Hitachi Telecom is introducing a “radio frequency over glass” solution—RFoG in industry shorthand—that will transmit cable RF services over last-mile fiber networks. The Node+Zero solution is supposed to "future-proof" cable networks.
* According to a survey by Sandvine, a vendor of bandwidth-management systems, peer-to-peer file-sharing applications represent 44% of all bandwidth consumed on networks operated by North American Internet service providers, up from around 41% a year ago. (The point of this, natch, is that Sandvine sells the stuff to contain P2P.)
* IneoQuest Technologies will demo PC-based software for testing and troubleshooting switched digital video networks for cable operators.
* Symmetricom announced the Q-1200 digital/IP video headend analyzer, a multichannel video headend monitoring device designed to identify video impairments. It’s scheduled to be generally available in September.
* Aurora Networks is developing an optical access solution, BitCoax, that will extend the RF spectrum of an MSO’s coax plant above 1 Gigahertz — letting an operator provision data services at speeds of hundreds of megabits per second, according to the vendor.
There’s more, more, more to come later this week….