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 we feature some market statistics, muni Wi-Fi, BPL and a perspective on projecting the future.
We have written extensively about the transition from the analog world to the digital one and the lack of connection between islands of technology in the home. But it took the experience of a real-world project to bring home to us how many separate factors are in flux at the moment--and how difficult this makes the decision process for someone trying to design a coherent solution for both today and tomorrow. In the first of three articles about "the digital home," we review the many factors and the ways in which they are currently in flux.
Between August 2005 and January 2006, we completely remodeled our condo, tearing out some walls and installing new wiring throughout. This was a perfect opportunity to consider what wiring and systems we should install to support networked media and communications--video, audio, data and telephone services--both for now and for the future. We uncovered some answers--and more questions.
Coming away from our experiences in choosing wiring and systems to support networked media and communications in a way that worked both today and for the future, two key areas remained unclear: the "right" interconnect for high-quality television, and the role of PCs for television. We describe the numerous interconnects users have to cope with today, and highlight several key initiatives that will influence the relationship between PCs and television over the next few years.
Healthcare is an application for new broadband and wireless technologies that most people can relate to personally. We cover here several new items that have come to our attention.
IPTV World is a one-day summit which will be co-located inside the NAB show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on April 26, 2006.