Cable's bandwidth crunch

It's a somewhat slow news day (Welcome to August), so I'll bring up a topic that's been simmering all week. ABI Research put out a report about the "bandwidth crisis" cable TV companies face with the rise of high-definition TV and other rich content. Telcos with IPTV offerings had to be licking their chops when they saw this one; at conferences like the excellent TelcoTV last fall, they hammered on cable TV companies' ability to provide enough capacity and flexibility for HDTV in particular.

That criticism in fact has been going on since the days before anyone had HDTV, so it's not necessarily surprising, but let's see what telcos with IPTV are able to make of this week's hub-bub, competitively-speaking.

For an insightful look at cable TV's options:
- read Sean Buckley's story in Telecommunications

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