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The CED technology timeline

Fri, 12/31/2004 - 7:00pm
Staff

Here's a look back at some of the news and events that shaped broadband in 2004.


Jan. 6
Multimedia over Cable Alliance (MoCA) enters the fray, promising speeds up to 270 Mbps.

Jan. 7
Adelphia announces plans to offer the Digeo-Motorola Moxi Media Center Service in Los Angeles.

Jan. 13
Cox enters software licensing deal with Liberate Technologies.

Jan. 14
Comcast joins the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.

Jan. 16
Charter Communications launches digital simulcast platform in Long Beach, Calif.

Jan. 21
Time Warner Cable promotes Mike LaJoie to chief technology officer, a position that had remained unfilled for more than two years.

Jan. 23
Time Warner Cable launches Cable Voice Services division. Carl Rossetti named unit president.

Feb. 11
Comcast bids $66 billion to buy Walt Disney.
Comcast and Gemstar-TV Guide IPG co-venture. MSO to own 51 percent of what is to be called GuideWorks.

Feb. 17
Disney board rejects Comcast bid.

Feb. 19
Ciena strikes deal to acquire Internet Photonics.

Mar. 17
USDTV launches low-cost, datacasting-based digital TV service. Platform kicks off in Albuquerque and Las Vegas with 12 channels for just under $20.

Mar. 18
Comcast picks Washington D.C./Virginia region for first DVR rollout.

Mar. 29
NCTA reports 84 million of 108 million U.S. TV homes can get HDTV programming from cable.

Mar. 30
Motorola secures FTTP technology foothold via purchase of Quantum Bridge.

Apr. 6
Cox hires VeriSign to handle CALEA compliance for VoIP rollouts.

Apr. 13
Sony, Hitachi and LG Electronics become the first manufacturers to win CableLabs verification for digital TVs based on the one-way Plug & Play agreement.

Apr. 15
C-COR inks deal to buy RPR specialist Lantern Networks.

Apr. 16
Linksys, Netgear and SMC Networks are first to obtain CableHome 1.1 certification.

Apr. 23
Scientific-Atlanta execs reveal some details about "overlay," a technique that enables Explorer set-tops to run on cable systems originally based on conditional access systems other than S-A's PowerKEY.

Apr. 26
Comcast, Time Warner named among financial backers of Arroyo Video Solutions, a video server startup.

Apr. 28
Comcast douses Disney bid.

Apr. 29
Toshiba confirms shut down of cable modem product line.

May 3
Comcast rolls out national CableHome initiative.
Time Warner Cable announces trial of S-A's Explorer 8300 multi-room DVR.
Motorola signs on as exclusive distributor of WorldGate's "Ojo" broadband videophone.

May 4
MSOs, vendors reveal OnRamp to OCAP initiative for legacy digital set-tops.

May 11
C-COR puts up $15 M for OSS firm Alopa Networks.

May 13
Former Time Warner Cable CTO Jim Chiddix ascends to CEO of OpenTV, replacing James Ackerman.

May 18
Time Warner Cable tells press at CableLabs event in New York it plans to strip out IPGs from S-A and Pioneer and replace them with navigation software developed by MSO's MystroTV division.
CableLabs discusses plans for DOCSIS 3.0, a spec that will aim for 200 Mbps down and 100 Mbps up per channel.

May 24
Charter signs on to offer cable modem subs a customized version of the Internet-based Movielink service.

May 25
BigBand Networks deals to acquire the IP cable business unit of ADC, which includes the Cuda CMTS product line.

May 27
RCN Corp. files for Chapter 11.
Anik F2 satellite launches from French Guiana. Payload: the hopes and dreams of WildBlue Communications.

May 28
Zaki Rakib announces he will resign as CEO of Terayon by Aug. 31.

Jun. 4
Rogers Cable targets dial-up Internet users with "Ultra-Lite," a $19.95 per month, 64 kbps cable modem service.

Jun. 14
Broadcom on the hook for one-time, $22.5 million payment to Microtune as part of settlement of all outstanding patent and antitrust litigation between the two companies.

Jun. 15
C-COR puts up $17 million to buy bandwidth management firm Stargus Inc.
Charter promotes Wayne Davis to CTO.

Jun. 22
SBC announces plans to spend up to $6 billion over next five years rolling out FTTP in Greenfield situations and FTTN technologies in legacy areas.
The Resilient Packet Ring Alliance awards final approval to the IEEE 802.17 RPR standard.

Jun. 24
Gary Trimm replaces Jack Bryant as CEO of Concurrent Computer Corp.

July 6
NCTA estimates 95 M homes, or 88 percent of homes passed by cable, can receive "advanced" services such as VOD, DVR, HSD and HDTV.
Charter goes commercial with all-digital effort in Long Beach, Calif.

July 8
Insight Communications moves to break away from circuit switched telephony partnership with Comcast. Initial 2001 deal involved Insight and AT&T Broadband.
A U.S. District Court finds Adelphia founder John Rigas and son guilty of conspiracy and bank and securities fraud.

July
CableLabs promotes Ralph Brown to CTO.

July 2
ANSI aproves OCAP as a standard.

July 19
Former Insight exec Kim Kelly named president & CEO of Arroyo Video Solutions.

July 21
SupportSoft bids to buy OSS specialist Core Networks for $17 M.

July 22
Verizon enters consumer VoIP race with SIP-based service, dubbed "VoiceWing."

July 27
Time Warner Cable takes wraps off 6 Mbps "Premium" cable modem tier. RCN Corp. follows with 7 Mbps "Mach 7" service.
Terayon hires Jerry Chase as CEO.

Aug. 2
Cox Enterprises offers to take Cox Communications private for $32 per share.

Aug. 3
CableLabs selects voice codecs from Broadcom Corp. and Global IP Sound for PacketCable embedded MTAs and PSTN media gateways.

Aug. 6
CableLabs says it will add components from UPnP to a future CableHome spec.

Aug. 10
Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable form OCAP Development LLC, a J.V. tasked with building and implementing OCAP middleware.

Aug. 17
Comcast launches NFL Network, offers NFL Highlights on Demand package.

Aug. 23
Cisco Systems pushes bandwidth management needle with $200 M deal for P-Cube.

Aug. 25
Mediacom taps Sprint Corp. as VoIP dance partner.

Aug. 30
C-COR stays on buying binge, puts up $9.5 M for broadband transport startup Optinel Systems.

Aug. 31
Charter signs on Sprint, Level 3 and Accenture as VoIP technology partners.

Sept. 1
Adelphia dials up VoIP co-marketing deal with AT&T CallVantage.

Sept. 2
Time Warner Cable deploys S-A's "overlay" technology in Houston.

Sept. 22
USDTV chalks up sub No. 10,000.

Sept. 24
Panasonic, Comcast announce OCAP licensing deal.
Sony, Comcast and a trio of other investors sew up agreement to buy MGM for $4.8 B.

Sept. 29
Intellon flips switch on 85 Mbps powerline networking chipset, a stop-gap for the forthcoming HomePlugAV platform.

Oct. 4
Cox taps Tulsa, Okla. as second VoIP launch site, joining Roanoke, Va.

Oct. 7
Qwest expands DBS bundling relationship with DirecTV after scuttling deal with EchoStar.

Oct. 12
Motorola and Moxell Technology scrap agreement to jointly develop digital televisions and other video displays for North America.
Comcast picks Cedar Point Communications as "primary" VoIP vendor.

Oct. 13
Net2Phone nabs hunting license with National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC).

Oct. 18
Texas Instruments intros the Puma IV architecture, combining the company's DOCSIS hardware and software, DSP technology and Telogy VoIP on one piece of silicon.

Oct. 21
C-COR enters VOD and ad insertion game with $89.5 million deal for nCUBE Corp.

Oct. 22
Verizon accelerates fiber initiative—plans to pass "FiOS" platform to 1 million homes in 2004, and 2 million more in 2005.

Oct. 23
IPTV bypass startup Akimbo Systems launches with $9.99 per month service. Box MSRP is $299.99, can store up to 200 hours of SD video.

Oct. 26
Motorola lands big contract to supply Verizon with set-tops and headend gear.
Broadcom Corp. hires Scott McGregor as president and CEO.

Oct. 28
Citing sluggish support for DOCSIS 2.0, Terayon says it will cease investments in CMTS product line. Company will instead focus on digital video and subscriber-side gear.

Nov. 1
Starz Encore Group HQ is home to first public demo of a satellite TV feed paired with an OCAP-based application: a "mini-guide."

Nov. 8
S-A to roll out set-top with DVR and DVD-burning capabilities.

Nov. 11
SBC speeds up fiber plans; by 2007, expects to spend $4 billion upgrading networks that pass 18 million homes.

Nov. 15
Bresnan, Net2Phone enter VoIP partnership.
Comcast launches Microsoft TV Foundation platform to customers in Washington State.

Nov. 23
CableLabs approves "copy once" digital recording technology developed by Philips and Hewlett-Packard. VOOM announces satellite expansion—to nearly double HDTV channel lineup by March 2005.

Nov. 30
Comcast starts limited rollout of HDVOD content, selling titles for $3.99 to $5.99.

Dec. 3
Cable industry cheers U.S. Supreme Court decision to review the "Brand X Internet versus FCC" case.

Dec. 8
Cox Holdings and Cox Enterprises complete tender for outstanding Cox Communications stock.

Dec. 9
S-A, BigBand Networks, ARRIS and Motorola become the first to win DSG verification.

Dec. 17
Steve Necessary leaves Concurrent's VOD division, to join Cox in early 2005.

Dec. 17
Tandberg Television inks deal to acquire N2 Broadband.

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