Panel Discussion: The Coming Software Explosion for Cable Television

Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 October 1970
Conference Location: New York, NY, USA
Conference Date: 5 October 1970
Page(s): 15 - 27
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-903-4
DOI: 10.5594/M00691



Mr. Taylor: It has been said that engineers can do almost anything, provided that they have sufficient motivation and sufficient funding. The new age in communications is not awaiting technological development. With only a few exceptions, we know how to do what is to be done and how much time in which to do it. However, there is a certain lack of motivation in some places - a sort of hesitation, perhaps, to confront the conununication giants in the market places. This kind of foot dragging is understandable in the face of the unknown and with fear of the legal dragons which may have to be fought; but in a more important sense it arises from a misunderstanding of the essential characteristics of coaxial cable distribution systems.