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Cox, Motorola launch retail set-top program in Hampton Roads

October 29, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Taking a step closer toward the promise of retail-ready digital cable boxes, Cox Communications said two consumer electronics dealers in the Hampton Roads, Va. area are making Motorola Broadband 's new DCP501 Home Theater System available in their retail showrooms. The DCP501 features a DVD/CD/MP3 player, a digital audio/video receiver and a digital receiver that can tune digital cable channels...

Midstream tackles legacy VOD networks

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In what could be considered a shot across the bow at incumbent video server vendors, video-on-demand start-up Midstream Technologies said it has successfully integrated its IP2160 server into a functioning legacy VOD network. Midstream didn't disclose the location of that network or the incumbent video server provider, but the company did note that it used Time Warner Cable's Interactive Servic...

Cabler embraces remote access service

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Following in the footsteps of its competitors, Cablevision Systems Corp. is unleashing a remote access service that will enable its cable modem customers to stay connected via dial-up anywhere in the United States. Cablevision has introduced Optimum Traveler to enable its Optimum Online high-speed Internet subscribers to have access to the Internet and e-mail via a dial-up connection when they ...


Subs up at Cox, EarthLink

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Quarterly sales at both Cox Communications Inc. and EarthLink Inc. got a boost by a gain in high-speed subscribers. Cox posted third-quarter revenue of $1.28 billion, an 18 percent increase over the $1.08 billion posted a year ago. During the quarter, the company added 157,300 high-speed Internet customers, 71,900 digital cable subscribers and 73,000 cable telephony users.

Tut snaps up

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to strengthen its presence in the digital video market, Tut Systems Inc. has made a play for Tektronix subsidiary The combined company will offer telecom service providers digital headend and high-capacity digital video switching products. "By partnering together, Tut and VideoTele.

SeaChange software targets DVD-on-Demand

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

SeaChange International has introduced a new software application that aims to add DVD functionality to everyday digital cable set-tops. The patent-pending application, part of SeaChange's VODlink software suite, was developed and built by Digital Video Arts, a SeaChange software developer division that provides client integration and integration with other applications such as interactive prog...

AM scores engineering contract

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

AM Broadband Services Inc. has landed a national engineering contract that will bring in more than $12 million in revenue over the next 2 years, according to the company. A leading cable operator has tapped AM for nationwide design map digitization and conversion services. Although AM did not reveal the name of its customer, it categorizes the company as "one of the leading" MSOs.

Fritzley joins Microsoft TV

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Tim Fritzley, most recently the president and CEO of CEON Corp., has joined Microsoft TV as the company's vice president and services. In his new role, Fritzley will oversee all sales, business development and customer support activities for the Microsoft TV division, and will be a point of contact with network operators.


Write-down by Qwest grows to $40.8 billion

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Andrew Backover | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…10/29/2002 From LexisNexis Local phone company Qwest Communications International Inc., attempting to cleanse its image and its books, said Monday that it will take a write-down of $40.8 billion and defer $531 million in revenue it booked prematurely in 2000 and 2001.


Poor reception to new plan; Analysts not sure of Cablevision's visions of satellite

October 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Harry Berkowitz | Comments

Copyright 2002 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)…10/29/2002 From LexisNexis A plan for EchoStar Communications Corp. to help Cablevision Systems become a satellite TV provider is unlikely to win over government regulators, according to antitrust lawyers and Wall Street analysts. In what top executives of EchoStar and DirecTV parent Hughes Electronics see as a last effort to salvage the...

Charter expands VOD reach

October 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Charter Communications is moving full speed ahead with its video-on-demand launch. The MSO is rolling out the service in nine new markets with the help of VOD equipment vendors nCUBE Corp. and Concurrent Computer Corp. Charter is introducing VOD to its customers in Allendale, Mich.; Fond du Lac, Janesville and Madison, Wis.

Alcatel reaches DSL milestone

October 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Alcatel continues to push forward in the DSL equipment market as the telco gear maker announced that it has shipped 20 million digital subscriber lines. The lines, which encompass both asymmetric DSL and symmetric DSL, are supported by the company's 7300 Advanced Services Access Manager (ASAM) broadband access platform.

Cable nets try free VOD with In Demand

October 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by John Dempsey | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…10/28/2002 From LexisNexis Comedy Central and BBC America have agreed to offer some of their programming for free in the VOD platform to cable subscribers hooked up to digital boxes. The two networks engineered the precedent-setting deal with inDemand — the dominant distributor of pay-per-view programming in the U.

DragonWave breathes fire into bridge network

October 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Wireless broadband network supplier DragonWave Inc. has inked a deal to link communications between three bridges that link New York and Ontario. Although financial terms were not disclosed, DragonWave will work with integrated network services provider Transwave Communications Systems Inc. to support voice and data communications between the three bridges the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission op...

Time Warner picks up Pace for Indy VOD launch

October 27, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Time Warner Cable maintained its aggressive stance on video-on-demand by launching the service to digital customers in Indianapolis last week. Pace Micro Technology added that the MSO is "rapidly" deploying the vendor's 500-model digital boxes in the market to advanced analog customers who opt for the digital tier but aren't taking other set-top-enabled digital applications such as high-definit...


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