Considerations When Delivering Cable TV To IP Connected Consumer Electronics (2011)

By Mark Francisco, Comcast Cable Corporation

The number of connected consumer devices is expected to grow to more than 2.5 billion worldwide by 2014. The ability to directly deliver traditional Cable TV services to the most relevant classes of devices can provide greater opportunity, value and consumer satisfaction. The variation across and within multiple device classes present challenges when adapting content and services to the network link and capabilities of the video player. This paper will introduce a variety of relevant device classes, their user interaction presentation and playback ecosystems.It will catalog cable TV features (i.e. closed-captioning, iTV, SAP and others) and discuss mechanisms to adapt to the device classes, An explicit objective is to maintain a good quality television viewing experience equivalent to that of a STB connected TV.

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