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

Charter changeup puts Microsoft TV on hold

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. is shifting its interactive gears, and that means yet another delay for Microsoft Corp.'s interactive TV platform. In November, Charter announced it had selected the Microsoft TV software to deploy the next generation of interactive TV services to 1 million of its customers over the next seven years.

Charter shuffles stations in Long Beach area

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by John W. Cox | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Press-Telegram Press-Telegram…03/20/2002 From LexisNexis Charter Communications of Long Beach launched a new channel lineup this week that added four new stations but subtracted 13 others from its basic cable package. The shuffle coincided with signal changes that were expected to provide improved reception to the company's...

Concurrent joins VOD over DSL venture

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Video-on-demand server specialist Concurrent Computer Corp. said it has entered into a strategic alliance with Thirdspace Living Limited, a supplier of video server system software for DSL-based VOD services. In addition to lending its video server expertise to the budding VOD firm, Concurrent has become a shareholder in London-based Thirdspace, joining Alcatel and Oracle Corp.

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Boylan to resign from Gemstar-TV Guide on April 1

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In an unexpected move, Peter Boylan will resign as co-president and co-chief operating officer of Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. on April 1. Gemstar, which made the announcement late Monday, said Boylan will stay on as "a consultant to the company." The news hit Gemstar's stock in early trading Tuesday, as shared slid almost $3 to $18.

Meanwhile at Charter …

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

"We're being protested today," says Charter Communications spokesman Andy Morgan, from the company's St. Louis office. "They're marching around and chanting, 'We're checking Charter.'" Like other broadband providers, including EchoStar Communications, Charter has been picketed by the National Action Network, as part of a national campaign to "have the nation's TV satellite and cable broadcastin...

Another fiber network hits financial rocks

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Another next-generation fiber optic network is teetering on the brink of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. New York-based Metromedia Fiber Network, which has specialized in metro fiber connectivity, has withdrawn its financial guidance for the rest of 2002 and warned it may consider reorganizational bankruptcy if it cannot restructure its debt.

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Cable/Web policy foes set to sue

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Nancy Dillon | Comments

Copyright 2002 Daily News, L.P. Daily News (New York)…03/18/2002 From LexisNexis Consumer groups and independent Internet Service Providers are up in arms over a recent decision that frees cable TV companies from having to share their pipelines with rivals. The decision by the Federal Communications Commission states that cable TV-delivered Internet service differs from service delivered ...

Cox/Comcast launch home security; Philips debuts HQ

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Comcast Cable and Cox Communications will launch Security Broadband's SafeVillage security systems on their Sarasota, Fla., and Las Vegas systems, respectively. The systems allow customers to remotely view their homes and interact with people there via video and audio using their cable modems. The system includes a $499 initial installation fee with a one-year contract and 30-day money-back gua...

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New UBS board inflames investors, execs walk

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Sinclair Stewart | Comments

Copyright 2002 National Post, All Rights Reserved National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post)…03/19/2002 From LexisNexis Shareholders of Unique Broadband Systems Inc. have elected a new board of directors backed by the company's ousted founder, Alex Dolgonos, prompting the immediate resignation of senior management and a flood of outbursts from angry investors.

RPR Alliance makes standards progress

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Resilient Packet Ring Alliance said it made progress on an RPR standard after the IEEE 802.17 working group began to refine a draft during a meeting last week in St. Louis. Specifically, the group started the comment-resolution process for the RPR draft standard, whereby changes or additions to the standard are submitted through technical and editorial comments.

Another MSO debuts HDTV, analysts — 'Not enough'

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The second cableco within a week says it will launch high-definition TV service in U.S. markets. Charter Communications will offer HD service in five markets starting in the second quarter of this year. But analysts say cableco participation in the market is still very limited. Comcast Communications last week announced a similar debut.

Meanwhile at Charter …(2)

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

"We're being protested today," says Charter Communications spokesman Andy Morgan, from the company's St. Louis office. "They're marching around and chanting, 'We're checking Charter.'" Like other broadband providers, including EchoStar Communications, Charter has been picketed by the National Action Network, as part of a national campaign to "have the nation's TV satellite and cable broadcastin...

AnotherMSOdebutsHDTV,analysts—'Notenough'

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The second cableco within a week says it will launch high-definition TV service in U.S. markets. Charter Communications will offer HD service in five markets starting in the second quarter of this year. But analysts say cableco participation in the market is still very limited. Comcast Communications last week announced a similar debut.

S-A's SciCare to aid Charter's iTV rollout

March 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications has tapped Scientific-Atlanta's SciCare Broadband Services division to help the MSO prepare its broadband network to deliver interactive television services for 27 sites and 78 hubs. Under terms of the deal, SciCare will handle network monitoring, software upgrades, project management, technical support and training certification.

Nortel can't escape the telecom gloom

March 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Gillian Livingston | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…03/16/2002 From LexisNexis The battered share price of Nortel Networks Corp. could fall 40 percent and the company may have to restructure again because of a drop in telecommunications-sector spending, analysts say. After the high-tech giant lost more ground on the stock market yesterday, ending a dismal week in which it shed 15 pe...

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