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Created 6/23/2009

Broadband Library: Two Sides to Every Story: Spring 2009 (March)

Broadband Library is distributed quarterly to all members of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). Beginning in early 2007, our column "Two Sides to Every Story" has used opposing pages to present contrasting viewpoints on a cable/telecom industry topic.

Our column in the Spring 2009 issue describes the technologies and timing for multiroom DVR.

In MSOs Are Late in Deploying Multiroom DVR, Sandy describes Verizon's recent offer for FiOS with multiroom DVR. She says "Verizon’s idea of being able to record programs in one room and view them on any other TV sounds pretty sweet". She asks "Why have MSOs have been so slow to offer a similar capability?" and concludes "Multi-room DVR is a must–offer video capability."

In MSOs Were Right to Wait, Dave says "Multi-room DVR may well be a good thing, but it would have been a mistake for MSOs to rush into it. The market needs are changing as Internet TV takes hold, several key technologies and standards are still in development, and the optimum functionality and packaging of the remote box is uncertain." He concludes "The cable industry would be wise to let things settle down a little and allow time to make the key decisions deliberately."

Next: Our column in the Winter 2008 issue describes some problems cable operators have had in detecting customer problems, and by contrast discusses the new technologies telephone companies are deploying for remote monitoring.