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Liberty closes Digital buy; invests $30 M in IDT

March 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Liberty Media completed the short-form merger with Liberty Digital it announced in October, in a stock transaction that nets Liberty Media 100 percent of the digital company. Liberty also invested $30 million in IDT Corp. subsidiary IDT Telecom Inc., giving it a 4.76 percent equity stake in IDT Telecom.

Digital consumers on the rise

March 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. The Hamilton Spectator…03/15/2002 From LexisNexis Last fall's launch of 50 new digital TV channels pushed the number of digital consumers up by 13 percent by the end of 2001, says a report released yesterday by Decima Publishing. "The percentage increase in subscribers between August/September and November/December 2001 was slightly higher than...

TiVo packages custom content for direct download

March 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TiVo landed an interview with director Francis Ford Coppola that the company will include in its Hollywood Awards Showcase this weekend. The package will go to about 80 percent of TiVo's subscribers via a direct download to customers' boxes. The package also includes Academy Award content from the ABC TV network, including remarks from event host Whoopi Goldberg, producer Laura Ziskin and show ...

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Will Vulcan buy Moxi?; Altrio/ARRIS ink $18.5 M pact

March 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Vulcan Ventures may be in talks to buy Moxi Digital Inc., a set-top box and middleware maker, for less than its previous value of $267 million, Reuters reports. An upcoming Business Week article says the company is facing cash problems and lost CEO and founder Steve Perlman last month, prompting the sale.

Net cable service to get a bit cheaper

March 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Paul Davidson | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…03/15/2002 From LexisNexis Consumers can expect a cut of up to $3 in their monthly bills for cable high-speed Internet service under a federal ruling Thursday that frees the cable company service from heavy regulation. The Federal Communications Commission action also is likely to lead to a controversial but widely anticipated move to relieve...

Plaintree seeks UBS in all-stock deal

March 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Tyler Hamilton | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…03/15/2002 From LexisNexis Wireless equipment maker Plaintree Systems Inc. wants to acquire Unique Broadband Systems Inc. in an all-stock deal that would combine two money-losing companies and their respective technologies. But the likelihood of an agreement depends on whether Plaintree can get its own nominees elected to Unique Br...

FCC: Cable modems an information service

March 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The cable industry claimed a victory today when the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 3-1 to classify cable modem service as an information service. The unregulated category means cablecos, as in the past, won't be compelled to open their lines to competitors unless specifically ordered to do so.

HBO exec joins cable center; TV Guide cuts deal in Korea

March 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Cable Center appointed Leslie H. "Les" Read as Cable Center Ambassador, a newly created position. Read will communicate the center's mission and vision from all industry levels, the center says. Read most recently was VP at HBO, and retired in December. … TV Guide International Inc. and Broadband Solutions Inc.

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Bell renews DSL contract with Alcatel

March 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Bloomberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…03/14/2002 From LexisNexis Alcatel SA, the largest supplier of equipment that ensures fast Internet access, has won a $400 million contract to provide gear to Bell Canada's customers. Alcatel's agreement with Bell Canada will allow Canada's biggest phone company to offer digital subscriber line, or DSL, technology to 85 percent of ...

Comcast to sport HDTV in major markets this year

March 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Listen up, sports fans. Comcast Cable Communications will launch high-definition TV in the Washington, D.C., metro area and Virginia this summer, and will run its SportsNet coverage of pro sports events on the service starting in 2003. The company plans to offer HDTV in all of its major markets by the end of the year.

Council's cable competition plan goes bust

March 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Sallie Hofmeister | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…03/14/2002 From LexisNexis The prospects of ending long-standing cable television monopolies in Los Angeles dimmed Wednesday as City Council members vowed to revoke a franchise granted in July to Western Integrated Networks, one day after the company filed for bankruptcy protection.

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Classic's thank-you move defaults DIP financing

March 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Classic Communications Inc. felt the sting of good intentions paving the road to hell when its thank-you promotion to customers landed it in default of its debtor-in-possession financing. Late last year, the company's Classic Cable Inc. unit launched the campaign, using discount coupons it issued to cable customers "to reward them for their loyalty, especially as a result of Classic Cable's Nov...

House demands Global Crossing records

March 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

If federal enforcement agencies are shoring up their information-sharing, as they say, no one apparently extended it to Congress. The U.S. House of Representatives fell back on news reports for its suspicion that something might be up at Global Crossing, and yesterday took decisive action, demanding the bankrupt telecom turn over a "significant number of financial records and internal documents.

iesy/Motorola ink upgrade deal; Conexant/Carlyle form foundry

March 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Frankfurt, Germany's broadband network upgrade will get a boost via a deal inked by Hessen-based iesy and Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Sector. Under the pact, Motorola will start in Frankfurt to upgrade the area's 450 MHz coaxial cable network to a return channel-enabled 862 MHz HFC broadband network using broadband cable technology.

Quebecor sticks to pricing despite caps

March 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Sean Silcoff, Barbara Shecter | Comments

Copyright 2002 National Post, All Rights Reserved National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post)…03/13/2002 From LexisNexis Quebecor Inc. says it will keep charging competitors $5 a month per subscriber to use cable lines it pipes into Quebec apartments — more than 10 times the amount the CRTC said cable companies should charge.

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