OpenCable Architecture

OpenCable Architecture

by Michael Adams
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OpenCable Architecture by Michael Adams

OpenCable Architecture by Michael Adams is the Winner of the 2001 Cable Center Book Award!

Learn how to bring digital TV, data, and interactivity to the television.

  • Examine the new architectures being developed by the cable industry as part of the OpenCable initiative
  • Review the recent history of interactive TV, including the Time Warner Full Service Network and Pegasus program
  • Understand the concepts of hybrid fiber coax architecture
  • Learn how the cable TV industry is evolving with converging with the data networking industry

The cable industry is in the midst of a revolution. Existing cable systems that were engineered for broadcast television are being called on to support a host of new applications and services which require upgrading those cable systems to high-speed, two-way communications networks. OpenCable Architecture is the first book to focus on this new technology, answering many questions and describing how the components of an OpenCable network interconnect.

Written by one of the primary architects of the OpenCable initiative, this book explains key concepts in practical terms. It describes the digital headend, optical transport, distribution hub, hybrid-fiber coax, and set-top terminal equipment and how these componenets are interconnected.

Whether you're a television, data communications, or telecommunications professional, or an interested layperson, OpenCable Architecture will help you understand the technical and business issues surrounding interactive television services. It will provide you with an inside look at the combined efforts of the cable, data, and consumerelectronics industries to develop those new services.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578701353
Publisher: Cisco Press
Publication date: 12/03/1999
Series: Networking Technology Series
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 7.62(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Adams is a Senior Project Engineer with Time Warner Cable, responsible for all aspects of networking in the Pegasus Digital Program. He is co-chair of the JEC Digital Standards Working Group and chairs Working Group 3 for the SCTE Digital Video Standards Committee. Michael is one of the primary architects of the OpenCable initiative. He has authored the Point-Of-Deployment module (OCI-C2) specification and was the primary author of the network interface (OCI-N) specification. He is a founding member of the OpenCable Technical Team. Michael graduated from the University of Bristol, England in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Michael previously worked at Bell North Research focusing on Fiber to the Home, SMDS, Frame Relay, and ATM projects.

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OpenCable Architecture 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The opencable industry has great promise and potential. In its early formative stage, various industry participants (hardware and software developers, service providers, cable MSO engineers, etc.) really need and will benefit greatly from this book. Michael Adams has done a great job of pulling together various information pieces in a coherent framework in an understandable and easy to read manner: history, rationale, process, market and technical details of the OpenCable architecture; current status and future direction. I recommend this book highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you need a way to get employees, vendors, customers or anyone else up to speed quickly on how cable television networks are being re-designed for digital and interactive services, this is the book for you. It clearly and concisely covers the widely varying technical issues involved in designing broadband systems. I think it will a handy reference tool to both technical and non-technical readers.