Cable-Tec Expo 2010: Sifting Through My Notes


Several interesting items culled out of my notebooks from this past week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in the Big Easy:

* Arris signed its first contract for a multiscreen “TV Everywhere” deployment in July, according to Joe Matarese, VP/GM of the On Demand business unit, but he couldn’t ID the customer. Meanwhile, for the home gateway demo’d at the Cable Show in May, the company is “deeply engaged with a handful of customers” and expects to be able to make announcements in early 2011, says spokesman Alex Swan.

* Motorola’s Buddy Snow, senior director of solutions marketing for Broadband Home Solutions, was using the term “picture and picture” — as opposed to “picture-in-picture” — to refer to the (now nearly ubiquitously fashionable) idea of using a tablet device as a TV viewing companion (see Comcast, CableLabs Click On iPad Remotes and NDS Bites Into ‘Mango’).

* Cedar Point Communications marketing director Jim Gayton said the VoIP switch company has teamed up with a WiMax equipment vendor to provide voice services over 4G wireless in different parts of the world — including one deployment in northern Iraq. “They said it’s the safe part of Iraq,” he added.

* Vecima Networks director of business development Gabriel Joseph mentioned a term the company uses to describe the decryption/re-encryption feature of its Concierge line of video products for hotels: “trans-cryption.” Not to be confused with “transcription”…

* Monroe Electronics, a provider of emergency alert system (EAS) equipment based in Lyndonville, N.Y., was spreading the word about a requirement that cable operators (and other EAS participants) adopt FEMA’s Common Alerting Protocol by March 2011 — unless the FCC extends the deadline.

Stay tuned for more news and notes from the show.