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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

BBC set to launch iTV service

October 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

On October 30 the United Kingdom will get another choice in digital television thanks to a partnership between the BBC, Crown Castle International and BSkyB. The free-to-view digital service, dubbed Freeview, will offer viewers up to 30 digital television channels, interactivity and digital radio through a rooftop aerial via a digital terrestrial television.

Motorola finds work in Spain, wins Emmy

October 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Two of Spain's broadband companies have named Motorola Inc. Broadband Communications Sector as a key technology provider. ONO has inked a deal to purchase customer premise equipment and conditional access technology from Motorola. The service provider plans to deploy Motorola's DVi3000 and DVi3500 digital set-tops early next year.

Chip market grows 14 percent

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

After ringing in its first year-over-year double-digit increase in sales since the industry's cyclical low in 2001, things are continuing to turn around in the semiconductor sector. Worldwide sales increased 2.2 percent in August, compared to numbers posted in the previous month, according to the latest research from the Semiconductor Industry Association.

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360networks poised to emerge from Chapter 11

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Chris Nolter | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…10/02/2002 From LexisNexis Vancouver-based 360networks is poised to exit bankruptcy protection, after a bankruptcy judge in the Southern District of New York approved its reorganization plan late Tuesday, Oct. 1. A judge in the Supreme Court of British Columbia signed off on the company's Canadian plan of reorganization in early September, and...

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SCTE launches membership drive

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is calling on its members to help beef up the organization through its annual Member-Get-A-Member campaign. The campaign is designed to reward members that bring in new recruits. Chapters will earn points for each new member. For those who bring in the most new members, prizes will be awarded, including complimentary registrations to SCTE...

Motorola scores a touchdown in Seattle

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Seattle Seahawks' running back Shaun Alexander may have been the star on the field in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, scoring five first-half touchdowns, but the team has drafted Motorola Broadband Communications Sector as its first-string advanced entertainment service provider. Motorola has equipped the stadium with its DCT5100 interactive digital set-top boxes, DigiCipher II Adv...

Warning pummels Charter's stock

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Charter Communications Inc.'s stock fell as much as 29 percent in early trading, following news that the MSO has revised its third-quarter growth forecast. The U.S.'s fourth-largest cable operator has lowered its Q3 operating cash flow growth guidance from 13.7 percent to 13 percent, citing losses in its basic analog customer sector.

Court approves Williams' reorg plan

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

After six-months in Chapter 11 proceedings, Williams Communications Group Inc. says the pieces of its reorganization plan are falling into place and expects to emerge from bankruptcy this month. The US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved the reorganization plan which will give unsecured creditors a 54 percent equity stake in the company.

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SCTE seeks '03 Expo workshop proposals

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) said it is accepting proposals for technical workshops that will be held during the 2003 Cable-Tec Expo, slated for May 11-14 in Philadelphia, Pa. SCTE said the Expo subcommittee will consider papers on any topic, but will give preference to those covering subjects such as advanced services deployment, support of enhanced/narrowcast servi...

New pacts put AOL's broadband efforts into high gear

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

America Online shifted its high-speed efforts into overdrive this summer after two separate pacts were signed that will give the ISP a clearer path into additional DSL and cable markets. For one, AOL Broadband will benefit from the unwinding of the AOL Time Warner and AT&T Corp. Time Warner Entertainment partnership.

Qwest president in e-mail: "I will take the fall" for deal; House panel is puzzled by the message(2)

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…10/01/2002 From LexisNexis The president of Qwest Communications International Inc. agreed to "take the fall" for a potentially risky deal the company pushed to finalize in June 2000 in order to meet Wall Street expectations, according to documents released Monday by congressional investigators.

Microtune, Broadcom set for fall showdown

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Microtune Inc. applauded the results of a recent Markman hearing that paved the way for a patent infringement case the company has brought against silicon tuner rival Broadcom Corp. In that case, set to go to trial Oct. 7 in Sherman, Texas, Microtune has alleged that Broadcom's BCM 3415 microchip infringed on Microtune's "Highly integrated television tuner on a single microcircuit" patent (No.

DBS to disclose SVOD hard drive requirements

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

EchoStar Communications Corp. and DirecTV Inc. will be upfront about how much set-top hard drive space customers will have to give up in order to enjoy subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services offered via satellite. That full disclosure is important because the current DBS architecture isn't capable of offering two-way VOD over a network like cable does, but instead is reliant on a fixed a...

MidStream raises $26M

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fledgling video server company MidStream Technologies raised $26 million in a third round of funding led by Canaan Venture Partners. With the latest round, Bellevue, Wash.-based MidStream has raised a total of $48 million–enough for a fully-funded business plan, said company President and CEO Ed Huguez.

Cablevision thinks outside the (Sony) box

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. has inked a deal to deploy Scientific-Atlanta Inc. digital set-tops and headend gear in support of the MSO's ambitious digital cable service, iO: Interactive Optimum. Financial terms were not disclosed. Cablevision said it will purchase an undisclosed number of S-A digital boxes, including the Explorer 4200, which will become available later this year.

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