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Cisco, ADC score CMTS deals

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. and ADC Telecommunications both announced cable deals for their respective cable modem termination system (CMTS) products Monday. Cisco said Charter Communications Inc. has selected the vendor's DOCSIS 1.1-qualified uBR10012 CMTS in anticipation that the MSO will serve more than 1 million cable subscribers by year-end 2002.

MidStream taps cable vets for tech board

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Video-on-demand start-up MidStream Technologies has formed a new technical advisory board comprised of several cable industry veterans. The disclosed members are: • Technical Advisory Board Chairman Stephen Dukes, president and CEO of Imaginary Universes LLC. Dukes has held several executive positions at top MSOs during this more than 26-year engineering career, including positions at Med...

Old is new with ReplayTV 5000 series

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Hard-drive video recorders were supposed to revolutionize the way we watch TV, remember? But since the initial hype for digital video recorders (DVRs) began to wane, and the early adopters gobbled up all of the first iterations of DVR boxes, device makers in the space have struggled to create solid business models that will profitably bring the technology into more of the mainstream.

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Consumer Groups: FCC uses wrong standard to measure subscribers

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…10/21/2002 As clock ticks nearer to 180-day mark on proposed merger of AT&T Broadband and Comcast, coalition of consumer groups is challenging FCC's standard in determining subscriber numbers. "Recent disclosures of questionable subscriber counts and even outright fraud by multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) d...

CE industry surprised at Panasonic's DTV-Cable Deal

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Mark Seavy | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…10/21/2002 Consumer electronics executives reacted with shock and dismay to Panasonic's signing of the POD-HOST Interface Licensing Agreement (PHILA) last week, but said it wouldn't affect negotiations with cable industry on interoperability standards.

Time Warner buys Terayon's DOCSIS 2.0-based modems

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Known in years past as the division within Time Warner Cable that launched the "Full Service Network" trial for once-green interactive services, the MSO's Central Florida division announced Monday the addition of DOCSIS 2.0-based cable modems from Terayon Communication Systems to its high-speed Internet mix.

A CableLabs first: Vendors make initial run at DOCSIS 2.0, CableHome 1.0 in wave 24

October 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The launch of certification wave 24 at CableLabs is shaping up to be a harbinger of sorts for the future of advanced cable services, as several vendors stepped forward to become the first to submit products for official testing on DOCSIS 2.0 and CableHome 1.0. On the DOCSIS 2.0 front, Motorola Broadband, Scientific-Atlanta, Terayon Communication Systems, Texas Instruments and Xrosstech all subm...

Intertainer to subs: Good-bye for now

October 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In an e-mail sent to subscribers on Oct. 17 with "Good-bye for Now!" in the subject line, entertainment-on-demand company Intertainer Inc. said it plans to take its Web site down on Oct. 23 until it can iron out a "fair business model" with movie studios that are the subject of an Intertainer-led antitrust lawsuit.

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Envivio cements MPEG-4 pact with cable provider

October 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Streaming media technology developer Envivio Inc. and Mexican cable operator Opcion Cable sa de cv will work together to create and distribute a streaming network based on Envivio's MPEG-4 products to provide live and VOD programming to cable operators throughout Mexico. Opcion Cable will use Envivio as its exclusive supplier of MPEG-4 products and services as it develops a hybrid cable televis...

Fiber-to-the-Home group paints a rosy future picture

October 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

While the market for fiber optic cable and transport gear may be in the middle of a prolonged slump in sales and adoption around the world, the potential for the growth of fiber-to-the-home technologies seems to still be lingering on the horizon. That, at least, was the picture being painted by FTTH companies gathering at the first Fiber-to-the-Home Conference in New Orleans earlier this week.

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LightPointe receives FSO patent

October 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Free-space optics manufacturer LightPointe received a new patent that builds upon an earlier patent it received for all-optical FSO network design, the company reported. LightPointe's system enables carriers to deploy FSO as a seamless complement to fiber-optic cable in several network applications, including Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing services, metro network extensions, Sonet ring ...

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ABS hits milestone in Pa.

October 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Adelphia Business Solutions (ABS) and its consortium of 13 Pennsylvania-based companies are now 90 percent finished constructing the statewide, 5,000-mile fiber optics based Keystone Communications Project in Pennsylvania. The Keystone Project was designed as a statewide fiber network to bring high-bandwidth voice, data, Internet and video networking to state government facilities, including st...

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Panasonic steps up to sign PHILA license

October 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs said Panasonic became the first major TV manufacturer to sign the POD-Host Interface License Agreement (PHILA), an agreement that gives Panasonic access to a proprietary scrambling technique for OpenCable-based digital televisions and set-tops. Specifically, the PHILA license gives Panasonic access to Motorola Broadband's proprietary DFAST (Dynamic Feedback Arrangement Scrambling Tech...

Shaw embraces SVOD

October 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Canada's Shaw Communications is throwing its arms around subscription-based video-on-demand through a newly signed content deal with Corus Entertainment Inc. The subscription-based service, dubbed Movie Central EXPRESS, will feature films and series from major Hollywood Studios. The service will be marketed as a companion service to Corus' multi-channel pay-TV service to subscribers in Calgary ...

New 3G chips get a BLAST from Bell Labs

October 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The scientists at Bell Labs have been hard at work trying to find new ways to push the technology envelope. Their latest invention is new prototype chips that would enable wireless devices to receive data at speeds as high as 19.2 Mbps on 3G networks. Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies' research and development arm, said the chips are based on its Bell Labs Layered Space-Time (BLAST) wireless techn...

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