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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

TI sees huge jump in its modem chip market share

November 26, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

In less than a year and a half in the cable modem business, Texas Instruments has cornered 30 percent of the market for data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) chips. TI estimates it will deliver three million of the nearly 10 million total units expected to ship this year, increasing TI's market share by 600 percent from 1999.

Why wait? iTV is already here.

November 26, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Liberty Livewire, ACTV, Motorola, OpenTV and Universal Electronics have joined forces to demonstrate existing technology that marries television and the Internet into an interactive television experience. The existing technology means that consumers can enjoy the benefits now without waiting for the deployment of advanced technology.

Agilent buys its own OSS company

November 26, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Agilent is on a roll. After beating analyst forecasts for fourth quarter earnings, the company has snapped up operations-support-system (OSS) software maker Objective Systems Integrators for about $665 million. Shares in Agilent, a spin-off from Hewlett-Packard Co., closed Friday's shortened session up to $50.

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Have a Coke and a smi…polar bear

November 21, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

While the family is gathered around the TV this holiday season, watching the REAL Grinch, keep an eye out for the cheery Coke commercials with the amiable polar bear twins. Subscribers with a standards-based iTV enhanced set-top box will be able to interact with the advertising campaign and order a free polar bear stuffed animal from Coke, while supplies last.

Ordering HBO online

November 21, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Subscribers/surfers/hermits in Memphis just got lucky. Now they can order all their HBO programming online, see it delivered within minutes and never have to talk to anyone. Subscribers log onto the HBO or Time Warner Cable of Memphis sites and enter their zip codes. They then plug in their choices and can even choose to upgrade their HBO service package.

S-A launches upgrade

November 21, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Release 1.4 is here! Maybe not as highly anticipated as Sony Play Station 2, but full of promise, Scientific-Atlanta 's Transmission Network Control System 1.4 software will give cable operators iTV support and monitor the systems that can increase subscriber satisfaction and operator revenues. Operators will be able to recognize, troubleshoot and correct problems in their cable networks, possi...

VNI goes glam

November 21, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Video Networks (VNI) is shedding its old image for a new Hollywood persona. The digital media applications provider has opened an L.A. office and will be changing its name to Pathfire. The company has opened this office close to the entertainment industry to create digital syndication and digital cinema.

Have a Coke and a smi…polar bear(2)

November 21, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

While the family is gathered around the TV this holiday season, watching the REAL Grinch, keep an eye out for the cheery Coke commercials with the amiable polar bear twins. Subscribers with a standards-based iTV enhanced set-top box will be able to interact with the advertising campaign and order a free polar bear stuffed animal from Coke, while supplies last.

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It's a dirty job…

November 20, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

…make the robot do it. Yet another plus of modern technology: when it comes time to lay fiber-optic cable in big city sewers, send in a machine without a nose, nor enhanced by iSmell. Canadian-based Stream Intelligent Networks has developed a specialized robotic technology, called STAR, (Sewage Telecommunications Access by Robot), to install high-speed fiber-optic networks in both storm s...

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PPV time-shift

November 20, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Concurrent Computer 's personal video technology (PVC) has delivered the first pay-per-view events as VOD. Time Warner's Hawaii-based Oceanic Cable subs tuned in two championship boxing fights whenever they wanted, not when the network dictated they would be shown. A real plus for the time zone the islands are in.

Marching to the tune of BigBand

November 20, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

BigBand Networks has rolled out its new router, the Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR), which allows video, audio and data to be directed in their native formats. "The router is capable of routing different types of media services, like broadcast video, Internet access and VOD, and respecting their different natures and processes," Marcia Bana, director of communications for BigBand, tol...

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

November 20, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

It's beginning to look like open-access is the way of the future and ADC is laying the groundwork for making those free rides easier on the Time Warners and AT&Ts of the world. The company has enhanced its cable modem termination system products to make it easier for cable operators to support open access for subscriber flexibility.

It'sadirtyjob…

November 20, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

…make the robot do it. Yet another plus of modern technology: when it comes time to lay fiber-optic cable in big city sewers, send in a machine without a nose, nor enhanced by iSmell. Canadian-based Stream Intelligent Networks has developed a specialized robotic technology, called STAR, (Sewage Telecommunications Access by Robot), to install high-speed fiber-optic networks in both storm s...

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C-Cube chips new and tasty

November 19, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

C-Cube has introduced a new family of integrated cable front-end chips - according to the company, the first ever - designed to support all major world cable standards. The two chips, part of the MultiLynx line, let set-top box and cable modem manufacturers design a single product that can be deployed on any two-way broadband cable network anywhere in the world.

WOW in Texas

November 19, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

WideOpenWest is riding out into open territory and rounding 'em up. Just a few weeks after winning the right to overbuild monopolies in Greeley and Colorado Springs, Colo., the up and coming cable company headed down to Texas and has signed on to offer broadband services to Lewisville. The agreement gives WOW 400,000 households within seven area franchises.

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