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Cable Broadband Subscribers Surpass Cable TV Subscribers

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:47:12 -0400

Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) recently found that the seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the US -- representing about 93% of the market -- acquired nearly 385,000 net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in the second quarter of 2014. These top broadband providers now account for over 85.9 million subscribers -- with top cable companies having nearly 50.7 million broadband subscribers, and top telephone companies having over 35.2 million subscribers.

Other broadband findings include:

- Overall, broadband additions in 2Q 2014 amounted to 130% of those in 2Q 2013
- The top cable companies accounted for 99% of the net broadband additions for the quarter versus the top telephone companies
- The top cable companies added about 380,000 subscribers, representing 128% of the net additions for the top cable companies in 2Q 2013
- For the top cable providers (not including overbuilder WOW), the number of broadband subscribers exceeded the number of cable TV subscribers for the first time ever -- with about 49,915,000 broadband subscribers at the end of 2Q 2014, compared to about 49,910,000 cable TV subscribers
- The top telephone companies added about 2,000 broadband subscribers in 2Q 2014 -- compared to a loss of about 2,000 in 2Q 2013
- AT&T and Verizon added 627,000 subscribers via U-verse and FiOS in 2Q 2014, while having a net loss of 636,000 DSL subscribers
- The top cable broadband providers have a 59% share of the market versus the top Telcos

"With the addition of more than 30 million broadband subscribers over the past decade, cable providers have clearly expanded well beyond their roots in cable TV service," said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. "As of the end of 2Q 2014, the top cable providers now have more broadband subscribers than cable TV subscribers."

NAB Files Petition Challenging FCC's Incentive Auction Order

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:39:03 -0400

The NAB has filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging certain elements of the Federal Communications Commission's May 2014 broadcast spectrum incentive auction order.

Specifically, the NAB challenged, among other things, the FCC decision to change the methodology used to predict local television coverage areas and population served, which could result in significant loss of viewership of broadcast TV stations after the FCC "repacks" TV stations into a shrunken TV band.

"Under this new methodology, many broadcast licensees, including NAB's members, will lose coverage area and population served during the auction's repacking and reassignment process, or be forced to participated in the auction (and relinquish broadcast spectrum rights)," the NAB lawsuit stated.

The petition also states that the FCC failed to take steps to preserve licensees' coverage areas in repacking, and that the FCC erred in failing to ensure proper protections for broadcast translators, which are transmitters that help boost the coverage of broadcast TV programming to more rural and remove viewers.

The following statement can be attributed to Rick Kaplan, NAB executive vice president of Strategic Planning:

"NAB has engaged with the FCC throughout the incentive auction rulemaking to implement a successful auction that adheres to Congressional statute, is truly voluntary, and holds harmless the millions of viewers who are reliant on local TV. Unfortunately, the FCC order oversteps congressional mandate and is likely to cause significant harm to broadcast television. We are not looking to delay the auction. We merely hope that, if the FCC does not change course on its own, the Court will help put the auction back on the track Congress envisioned so that we can quickly achieve a balanced auction that benefits all stakeholders."

Kaplan wrote this blog post explaining the petition and why NAB had no choice but to seek legal redress to protect broadcasters and our tens of millions of viewers.

Muxlab Announces Enhanced Warranty Policy

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:39:56 -0400

MuxLab has announced that with the growing demand for newly released products and as an example of MuxLab's commitment to the customer, the company is extending its warranty policy.

"Our focus has always been to provide premium customer support. Now, more than ever, we are making important changes to support all of our current and future customers with an aim to increase our share of the Digital A/V and Broadcast markets."

Effective September 1, 2014 the MuxLab Limited Warranty is extended to a period of two (2) years for all active products, and offering a Lifetime Warranty for all passive products.

NVIDIA Next-Gen Quadro GPUs Promise Twice the Production Power

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:46:09 -0400

NVIDIA has unveiled its next generation of NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, which promise to deliver an enterprise-grade visual computing platform with up to twice the performance and data-handling capability of the previous generation. With this lineup NVIDIA aims to allow users with complex models and higher-resolution images to incorporate resources in the cloud and access work remotely – even on mobile devices.

“The next generation of Quadro GPUs not only dramatically increases graphics and compute performance to handle huge data sets. It extends the concept of visual computing from a graphics card in a workstation to a connected environment,” says Jeff Brown, VP of Professional Visualization at NVIDIA. “The new Quadro lineup lets users interact with their designs or data locally on a workstation, remotely on a mobile device or in tandem with cloud- based services.”

The new generation of Quadro GPUs – the K5200, K4200, K2200, K620 and K420 – enables users to interact with data sets or designs up to twice the size handled by previous generations. In addition, users can remotely interact with graphics from a Quadro-based workstation from essentially any device, including PCs, Macs and tablets, as well as switch effortlessly from local GPU rendering to cloud-based offerings using NVIDIA Iray rendering. Quadro GPU’s also allow users to run popular applications – such as Adobe CC, Autodesk Design Suite and Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS 2014 – on average 40% faster than with previous Quadro cards.

Quadro GPUs accelerate more than 100 CUDA architecture, DirectX, OpenCL and OpenGL applications. The latest Quadro GPU lineup will ship beginning this fall from NVIDIA workstation OEMs, including HP, Dell, Lenovo and other major workstation providers; from systems integrators, including BOXX Technologies and Supermicro; and from authorized distribution partners, including PNY Technologies in North America and Europe, ELSA and Ryoyo in Japan, and Leadtek in Asia Pacific.

Industry 4K Charity Run set for Amsterdam

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:06:46 -0400

Broadcast industry professionals are used to running around a trade show floor and IBC is no exception. But this year Elemental and Ericsson are giving attendees and exhibitors alike a chance to run around, literally, for charity and to celebrate the growth of 4K technology via a 4K run on the morning of 13 September near the RAI exhibition centre.

Elemental and Ericsson are partnering with Oxfam for charitable donations and ONE for volunteer support. Proceeds from the 4K 4Charity will be given to OxfamInternational, which works to change the world by mobilizing the power of the people against poverty. ONE is an advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease around the world, particularly in Africa.

The run is set to begin at 7:30 am and registration proceeds will support Oxfam and ONE (entry fee ranges from 15-50 euros and, of course, larger donations are accepted).

Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. They save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes, and they campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.

ONE is an advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease around the world, particularly in Africa. As ONE is an advocacy-based organization that does not solicit donations, we highly recommend you help by signing up on their site at

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Black Box Explains...The difference Between SurgeArrest and Power Strips

It says UL listed, so it must be okay, right?

Not necessarily.

UL listed means that a product has been submitted to Underwriter’s Laboratories for safety testing in certain categories. The strip protector you just bought is most likely listed in the extension cord category. It won’t stop harmful surges from destroying equipment data.

The UL listing for surge suppressors is UL 1449. APC SurgeArrest products received the best UL 1449 rating. Some vendors rate surge protection on the basis of joule energy. But let-through should be compared.

APC surge protectors undergo stringent testing by IEEE, and are awarded "let-through ratings", which indicate the maximum voltage level that can possibly reach your equipment after a surge or voltage spike has passed through an electric surge protector. Lower IEEE let-through ratings indicate better protection and performance.

While most other surge suppressors continue to let power through even after their circuits have been damaged - leaving your equipment exposed to future surges, APC's SurgeArrest uses a fail safe design, which means that once the circuit of an APC SurgeArrest has been compromised the unit disconnects equipment from the power supply ensuring that no damaging surges reach your equipment.

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