IP Capsule - March 19, 2008

Tue, 03/18/2008 - 8:00pm
Brian Santo
 March 19, 2008 
IPso Facto...

Bad news, good news
Distribution is a good business for a distributor, as long as distributing a product is hard and/or expensive. Distributing video has been both, and the cable industry has thrived doing it, but the process is getting easier and cheaper - bad news for cable, satellite and telco video providers.

It now costs next to nothing to stream IP video (or music) over the Internet, and there's no longer any question that there's a demand for streamed content, nor that consumers will pay for it.

Streaming (video, music and other content) could be a $3.3-billion business by the end of the year, and nearly triple that in five years, according to Insight Research.

Continue reading this story . . .

Brian Santo, IP Capsule Editor & CED Magazine Editor
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Nortel makes a play for IPTV
By Brian Santo

Nortel is touting a new IPTV system that carriers can overlay on existing networks. Continue

Verizon hiccups fulfilling FiOS promo offer
By Brian Santo

Verizon has been enticing consumers to sign up for its FiOS triple-play bundle by offering gifts, but it cannot get enough Sharp LCD HDTVs, aggravating some customers who had signed up and elected to receive the free TV. Continue

Verimatrix's ViewRight PC Player debuts at IPTV World Forum
By Mike Robuck

Verimatrix announced the availability of its ViewRight PC Player at the IPTV World Forum in London. Continue


AT&T launches voice service in Sacramento
By Traci Patterson

AT&T announced the availability of its U-verse Voice service in Sacramento, Calif., completing its triple-play offering to consumers in the area. Continue to provide Ditech's VQA solution
By Traci Patterson

Ditech Networks' Voice Quality Assurance (VQA) solution will be offered by to both its enterprise and service provider VoIP customers. Continue

Zarlink launches 3 new VoicePort series devices
By Traci Patterson

Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has introduced three new members of its Legerity VE880 VoicePort series of VoIP phone interface devices: the Le88266, Le88276 and Le88286. Continue


Comcast demos Nortel's new 100G system
By Brian Santo

Honing the cutting-edge of networking technology, Comcast demonstrated 100G optical transmission using equipment from Nortel Networks that the vendor had announced only a day prior. Continue

Nortel debuts 40G/100G system
By Brian Santo

Nortel introduced a single optical networking platform that delivers both 40G and 100G transmission. Continue

Verizon: New P2P file transfer system faster, more efficient
By Traci Patterson

Recent tests of Verizon's network show that large files can be transferred over the Internet "more quickly and efficiently" by utilizing a new P2P file transfer system. Continue

Level 3 co-founder and COO resigns
By Mike Robuck

After co-founding Level 3 and spending more than 20 years with the Internet backbone provider, Kevin O'Hara has stepped down as the company's president and COO. Continue

Verizon offering Cisco WebEx services to broadband subs
By Traci Patterson

Verizon's individual and small-business broadband customers now have access to two Cisco WebEx services - MeetMeNow and PCNow. Continue

Broadband spurs SureWest's fourth-quarter earnings
By Mike Robuck

SureWest Communications cited a renewed focus on delivering broadband services to customers and businesses as one of the main success stories of its fourth-quarter earnings report. Continue


• House panel explores net neutrality antitrust law, reported by The Washington Post.

• NextWave announces WiMAX broadcast technology, reported by Wireless Week.

• MegaPath enhances integrated voice-data offer, reported by Telephony.


Company: Highdeal
Headquarters: New York City
CEO: Eric Pillevesse

Claim to fame: Highdeal is a provider of pricing and rating solutions, with more than 200 deployments in more than 50 countries. By delivering unconstrained, usage-based business models coupled with real-time, multi-party transaction management, Highdeal solves the billing problem for broadband service providers.

Recent news of note: Highdeal's pricing, rating and billing solution – Highdeal Transactive – was chosen by Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV), a supplier of mobile satellite communications services throughout the U.S. and Canada, for its next-generation network.


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