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Report: WildBlue close to new funding

December 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

WildBlue Communications, the troubled Colorado-based high-speed satellite company, could be injected with about $200 million next week by a group headed by Liberty Media Corp., the Rocky Mountain News reported Friday. The financing could allow WildBlue to launch its first Ka-band high-speed satellite by 2004, the paper said, noting that other investors include IntelSat and the National Rural Te...

MTV UK is interactive 24/7 on BSkyB

December 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The most cutting-edge interactive television applications are running on the BSkyB satellite service in the U.K., and the British satellite operator has added another compelling interactive service to its Sky Digital channel lineup. Interactive developer NDS is powering a new 24-hour interactive TV service with MTV UK, adding three separate interactive "areas" where viewers can interact with co...

Another law firm piles on SeaChange

December 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Schiffrin & Barroway LLP, apparently not in the mood to spread holiday cheer, became the latest law firm to hit SeaChange International Inc. with a lawsuit alleging that the video-on-demand leader presented "materially false" information in a prospectus tied to a secondary stock offering completed in January 2002.


DirecTV keeps NFL games in $2B deal

December 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by David Lieberman | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…12/12/2002 Lexis Nexis NEW YORK — One day after ending its $18 billion merger plan with EchoStar— and collecting a $600 million breakup fee —DirecTV scored a touchdown Wednesday against competitors. The No. 1 satellite TV broadcasting company held off threats from No.

Study: Hotspots blew up in 2002

December 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

2002 shaped up to be a coming out party of sorts for the wireless hotspot market. According to a new study from researcher InStat/MDR (InStat is owned by the same parent as CED), the worldwide footprint for wireless hotspots grew from fewer than 2,000 locations to more than 12,000 over the past year.

Time Warner Cable Hawaii unit taps for OSS

December 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Oceanic division is deploying Corp.'s ISM (Integrated Service Management) system's Network Service Manager (NSM), a plug-in module software application module designed to enable cable operators to automate and manage their networks and service delivery processes. More specifically, NSM integrates standards-based network management technology with customer care and ...

Toshiba wireless cable modem gateway hits retail shelves

December 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Toshiba America's Network Products Division (NPD) is jumping with both feet into the market for hybrid cable modem/wireless router gateways, and its strategy includes a play for sales in both the cable operator and retail channels. This week, the retail portion of Toshiba's plan kicked off, as its first product hit CompUSA store shelves across the country.

Cox to couple growth with 'disciplined' capital spending in '03

December 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cox Communications Inc. said the bundling of video, voice and data services will again serve as the ingredients for its growth recipe in 2003, a year in which the MSO expects to be cash flow positive. Cox, which detailed its 2003 financial guidance today in New York City, said it expects revenue and operating cash flow each to grow by 14 percent to 15 percent over 2002.


TI aligns with pair of CableHome software developers

December 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The stars seem to be aligning in the CableHome world, as residential gateway silicon and software developers are joining forces in advance of what should prove to be a slew of interoperable and network manageable home gateways hitting the market some time next year. DOCSIS chip vendor Texas Instruments announced similar relationships with two leading residential gateway software package develop...

Comcast expands VOD library in Philly

December 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Taking a page from Rainbow Media Holding's "free-on-demand" MagRack service, Comcast Corp. will offer niche magazine-style programming to video-on-demand customers in the Philadelphia area via an agreement with Primedia Inc. Primedia's shelf of "Video Mags" will launch with 40 hours of programming from Motor Trend, Specialty Cars, Parenting Basics, On The Job, TeenNews, In-Fisherman, Adventure ...

Ascent Media re-ups tech-op deal for NFL Sunday Ticket

December 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The National Football League has renewed its contract with Ascent Media Group to provide technical support for the league's out-of-market subscription package, NFL Sunday Ticket, which is currently offered exclusively to DirecTV Inc. subscribers. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under a five-year deal, Ascent will provide downlink, commercial integration, digital distribution, signal coordin...

NCTA: Fed action on Internet access not required

December 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

National Cable & Telecommunications Association President Robert Sachs, in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, said cable's lobbying arm agreed that consumer access to Internet content is, and should be, unfettered, but that government action to achieve that is unnecessary. The letter was sent in response to the recently formed Coalition of Broadband Users, which has requeste...

CommScope will lay off close to 200

December 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The slowdown in capital spending by the nation's cable operators is being felt across the industry, and cable manufacturer CommScope is feeling the pinch. Today the company announced that it would make a significant reduction in its workforce, beginning next year. Specifically, CommScope will lay off close to 200 hourly and salaried employees, or 6 percent to 7 percent of the company's total wo...

Arris, Net2Phone forge VoIP integration pact

December 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Although the technology required to make IP telephony hum are here already, integrating those piece parts and making them work together is the next big challenge that cable operators will face. Arris and Net2Phone Inc. said they will help to provide that answer via a joint offer that they believe will create a fully managed integrated network capable of providing PacketCable-based IP telephony ...

EchoStar-DirecTV merger bid ends with whimper … and cash payment

December 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The final curtain fell today on the merger between DBS heavyweights EchoStar Communications and Hughes' DirecTV, with the two agreeing on an official settlement to terminate the deal that includes a cash payment of $600 million by EchoStar to Hughes. Also, as part of the settlement, Hughes will retain its 81 percent ownership in satellite broadcasting company PanAmSat.


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