High-Definition video has been a terrific success story for cable operators. It is irresistible to consumers once they’re introduced to the vividness of the HD experience. As a high-demand premium service, it delivers precious bottom-line value to the MSO. However, as more subscribers flock to HD, pressure increases on operators to provide more HD programming. A key dilemma becomes allocating sufficient bandwidth and balancing HD demands with competing demand for spectrum from IP services. Fortunately, all operators are engaged in multiple activities that will substantially improve network efficiency.
Over time, these various tools allow operators to see a way out of this resource limitation predicament……or do they?