Table of Contents For This Issue
News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
Since our article in the December report, we've talked with three more companies focused on expanding the digital carrying capacity of existing cable plants. We conclude that cable operators have a good chance of avoiding massive rebuilds for years to come even as their new services attract more users. We report on six companies: BigBand Networks, Narad Networks, Pulse~LINK, Rainmaker Technologies, Terayon, and Xtend Networks.
At the Builder Technology Conference in Washington, DC last month, we delivered an invited speech on how new technologies will impact what builders install in homes and the services they might deliver to them. The goal of our talk was to help this group understand how some of the new technologies will impact their business and how to avoid getting burned by undeliverable promises. Our presentation included a "home movie" illustrating how we use broadband, networking and digital consumer electronics technologies in our own home.
Connectivity and digital are the driving forces for the broadband home. In this article, we examine the accelerating migration from analog to digital in both content and home devices. While (digital) CDs, DVDs, still cameras and camcorders have all but displaced their (analog) forebearers, broadcast radio and especially TV are moving more slowly.
In our first article in a new series about traveling away from a broadband home, we discuss a Swedish software package that makes it a snap to handle multiple networking configurations.
A few of YOUR thoughtful tidbits culled from this months' email.