Table of Contents For This Issue
News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
Each month, we collect miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations you might have missed. This month's briefs focus on the demise of the payphone and the greening of broadband.
US Telco TV offerings are finally on the move. After years of trailing countries like France, Italy and Hong Kong, the telcos move into video services is reaching the tipping point. The signposts we saw at this year's TelcoTV Show are clear. The talk is turning from technology to applications, its availability is growing, and consumers are buying it.
Just when we thought we couldn't bear to participate in one more conference, we yielded to the lure of MoCA. The conference provided a deep dive into the technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), and a close look at Verizon's application of it. Broadcom and Conexant have committed resources to support it. With the technology now firmly in place for service providers, is a retail move waiting in the wings?
It may not be first in mindshare, but HomePlug powerline networking seems to be the problem solver for anyone who discovers it. We've been HomePlug fans ever since our first trials back in 2002, and learned at the MoCA conference that our fellow panelists had also used it to rescue them from networking problems in their homes. We long for the day when we can walk into a retail store and actually have a sales person suggest it, rather than scratching their heads when we request it.
Most of us have some signpost that tells us that the New Year is on its way. For us, the sure sign is the meeting invitations we start receiving for the January Consumer Electronics Show. After the hundredth one arrives in our inboxes we start to wish we were past this yearly landmark. The PR folks struggle to make their invitations stand out from the crowd. This year's winner was clearly the one with the subject line: "Attack of the CES PR People, Run for Your Life". As always, we'll be at this "must go" event and hope we'll see some of you there.