ARRIS Advanced Digital Cable Leadership Series
IP Migration Strategies for Cable Video
"IP Migration Strategies for Cable Video" is a series of six white papers and webcasts to guide HFC network operators and others through the critical decisions necessary to prepare for and execute the optimal transition strategy to an all-IP model of content delivery. This series of papers and webcasts are targeted at all tasked with the implementation of IP Video across any and all elements of their business -- Planning, Engineering, Operations, Finance, Marketing.
- Part 1 Series Introduction: Market Drivers and Technical Challenges - In this first paper we present market data to assist operators in realizing the need to transition their networks and operations to IP technologies. We then provide a high level overview of the current state of the cable network, as well as of emerging technologies and solutions that must be developed for a successful transition. This paper provides a foundation for the remainder of the series.
- Part 2: Preparing to Implement IP Cable TV Services - This installment of the series serves as an overview of a wide range of network technologies and issues primarily associated with the distribution network, including evolving bandwidth management options tied to SDV, optical transport, MPEG-4, increasing bonded-channel counts, the emergence of Hybrid Gateway and Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) technology and much more. This white paper will help engineers and non-engineers alike as they sort through the many issues that must be considered as they map their strategies.
- Part 3: Systems, Processes and Components Essential to Meeting New Service Goals - This installment of the series provides a comprehensive analysis of architectural and transitional path's associated primarily with the control plane and back office which impact operational benefits and costs. The relationship of the elements to operations must be considered when developing an IP video migration plan. Operators that choose low-cost equipment paths without consideration for operational impacts risk spending far more year over year than necessary to support IP service delivery. The decision-making process must take into account the need to select solutions that will eventually support full-scale IP cable TV service across all devices. This webcast and white paper are designed to assist operators in balancing the costs and benefits of the various approaches.
- Part 4: The Payoff from New Advertising Models through IP Migration - This is the fourth paper in a six part series on the cable television industry transition to IP technologies for the delivery of video. This paper focuses on the market and technology trends associated with the cable television advertising business and the potential impact these trends may produce in cable advertising. The paper also reviews some of the options open to broadband video service providers as they work to address the changing landscape. Finally there are some ideas to address anticipated gaps and new challenges during the transition from today’s systems to the future technology and business technologies.
- Part 5: IP Cable TV Service Assurance - As the pace of cable’s migration to IP accelerates, operators face a laundry list of challenges when it comes to providing customers an optimal experience. Simply put, the legacy networks built for traditional cable delivery must quickly be leveraged, adapted, or replaced to meet seemingly ever-changing needs. Whether it’s a sports fan watching highlights on an iPad, a teen video chatting by smartphone, or a family “time shifting” on a home gateway, the writing is clearly on the wall. The rapid proliferation of IP delivery on a multitude of devices—especially IP Video—has left operators scrambling for new and effective ways to deliver the kind of seamless user experience customers demand.
- Part 6: Maximize Operating Cash Flows and Revenues through a Planned Migration - This paper asks the question “Is it possible to act on the imperative to enable next generation multi-screen services in a way that is cash flow positive?”The paper compares operational savings and capital expenditures and shows which areas of the plant make the largest impacts. The paper then discusses revenue opportunities, first from services that favor new IP distribution infrastructure, and then from those that favor a combination of legacy and IP infrastructure.