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Challenges mount for cable industry

The industry's biggest and brightest gathered at the Western Cable Show this past week to discuss the industry's prospects--and problems--in the months ahead.

Cable's biggest and brightest gathered at the Western Cable Show in Southern California this past week to discuss the industry's prospects--and problems--in the months ahead. Cable executives put their collective heads together to discuss how to roll out innovative technology that is user-friendly yet affordable, while keeping other broadband competitors at bay.

Cable modems get ready for retail
Selling cable modems through retail stores could take longer than some cable operators had hoped as they work with retailers on how to not only market the technology, but also share the profits.

Cable cozy with data, video insulation
The ability of cable's broadband pipes to carry voice, video, and data will help insulate the industry from falling prices as operators begin to offer IP telephony services.

Cable cowers under satellite shadow
If there are any long faces at the Western Cable Show, it is because of the progress digital broadcast satellite companies have made in recent years.

WebTV coming to high-speed cable
update Microsoft has inked a deal with cable TV hardware giant Scientific-Atlanta that will make the WebTV service available over high-speed cable TV infrastructure for the first time, and pave the way for use of the Windows CE operating system.