Thursday, June 15, 2006
Metalink 802.11n Demo
Metalink playing the wireless card. This release lacks details on real throughput achieved, but does say they're using MIMO. Data on QoS under real-world impairments is also missing. The recent failure of the 802.11n Draft 1.0 ballot will certainly delay the implementation.
Connecticut proposes franchising bypass for telco TV - 5/9/2006
Update 2: The telcos still need to play fair in most places, and it looks like Verizon's FiOS service will be coming to my back yard soon as a result. VZ has signed a video franchise in Tewksbury, MA, so I may be able to provide first-hand evaluation of their service.
Connecticut proposes franchising bypass for telco TV - 5/9/2006
The regulatory environment will certainly have an impact on the Telco (Verizon, AT&T) vs. MSO (Comcast, Time Warner) battle. This decision in Connecticut would seem to give AT&T an advantage since Comcast must secure and service franchises at the local level. There is also some talk of granting nationwide video franchises to the telcos.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Remote Storage DVR or Stealth VOD?
The battle between Cablevision and the big Studios and Networks over the former's planned Network DVR (nDVR) will have a profound impact on the home network. The case will very likely set a precedent for distribution of protected video that will reverberate throughout the value chain. If the content providers win, will you need a new license to use a Sling Box or stream music from your home computer to a WiFi-enabled iPOD?
The plaintiffs are accusing Cablevision of disguising an unauthorized VOD service as nDVR to avoid additional licensing fees. It seems to me that what counts is the consumer experience. If it walks like a TiVO and quacks like a TiVO, it's a TiVO. In other words, the physical location of the storage medium shouldn't matter so long as the same services are provided to the user, with the same restrictions.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
BigBand and NETGEAR bond on DOCSIS 3.0
This one's a puzzler. Why would a CMTS company and a cable modem company need to cooperate to enact an open industry standard? The whole point of DOCSIS (1.1, 2.0 or 3.0) is to ensure interoperability between devices from different vendors. Maybe I'm missing something.
Update: Mystery solved, they're working togather on DOCSIS 2.0b, which is an intermediate technology to allow the cable MSOs to provide 100 MBPS downstream bandwidth. This will keep them competitive with fiber deployments like Verizon's FiOS, bonded ADSL2+/VDSL2, etc. DOCSIS 3.0 will do this eventually, but compliant equipment won't be ready for at least another two years.
They need to cooperate because 2.0b is not an official DOCSIS standard.
Check out Leslie Ellis' explanation of 2.0b.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
EETimes.com - Rising support for coax drives video networks home
MoCA is talking up (or down?) very aggressive pricing for modem chipsets. Broadcom and ST certainly bring exceptional capabilities to the home networking party. The question seems to be when, not if, prices will hit these levels.
Entropic chips away at MoCA milestone
Not bad considering they shipped their first product in December 2004.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Whole-Home DVRs Driving Home Networking Over Coax Reports In-Stat
Whole-home DVR installations are expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of more than 100% from 2006 to 2008, reports In-Stat. This is driving the market for home networking-over-coax chipsets, which will grow by more than 150% from 2005 to 2010. Coax seems to have become the medium of choice for home multimedia networking, with the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), the Home Phone Networking Alliance (HPNA) and a proprietary technology from Coaxsys battling for dominance.
eHomeUpgrade | Value of Networked Consumer Devices and Networking Gear to Reach $85 Billion by 2011
Big numbers from ABI research for home networking and connected entertainment devices.
Digital TV DesignLine | Growth of DVR reshapes video business, says iSuppli
Yet another piece on explosive DVR growth.
GigaOM : » The FTTH Update & IPTV Numbers
A wet blanket for the IPTV crowd from Om Malik. Om publishes one of the best blogs covering the Next Generation Internet, and has frequent posts related to multimedia networkign and broadband. Check him out.
Video/Imaging DesignLine | MarketWatch: STBs with DVR capability explodes for cable, satellite, and IPTV
Another DVR story, this one closer to home. The DVR is seen as a key technology for cable providers to battle satellite. iSuppli expects the number of boxes with multi-room capability to expand from only a few million units last year to over 50 million units in 2010.
Broadband Home Report: March 6, 2006 Issue
Here's a Euro-centric bit of data for you: Explosive growth in DVR usage in Europe is forecast by IMS Research, increasing from 2.6 million houeholds in 2005 to over 41 million in 2010. Multi-room DVRs are one technology that is seen driving the need for multimedia networking.
Digital TV DesignLine | Transition to Digital Cable & DTH expands Set-top Box offerings, presents challenges to operators
IMS Research forecasting a 15% increase in digital cable and satellite set-top boxes over the next five years, with 74.8 million shipping by the end of 2010.
Video/Imaging DesignLine | Options in multimedia home networking abound
One of the reasons this space is so dynamic is the sheer number of options for multimedia networking and the rate at which things are changing. Wireless is widely touted as the nirvana technology, but QoS issues appear to persist.
GigaOM : » AT&T, Alcatel’s Stealth Take Over of 2Wire?
2Wire is an up-and-comer in the residential broadband space. An interesting note buried in this post is that 2Wire has sold 4 million home gateways already. You have to wonder where they've been deployed. Do you know anyone with a home gateway? Unless you're luckey enough to have FiOS or Lightspeed service, probably not. Maybe these sales are driven from Europe.
Another hidden gem is that Parks Associates predicts that annual shipments of residential gateways will grow from 3.7 million units in 2005 to nearly 16 million units by the end of 2009.
EETimes.com - Networking Makes Itself At Home
Huge numbers predicted by iSuppli for multimedia home networking. Forecasts like this are setting up a battle for control of the home network. Charts are in this pdf file.
Standards Enable the Digital Home - Intel and Standards
Intel's view of the Digital Home.
It will primarily be US-centric, since that's where I live and work, but I will probably throw in some info from abroad as well. I'm going to start by adding some older information I've been tracking in a spreadsheet.