Motorola Inc. is buying RiverDelta Networks Inc., in a transaction valued at $300 million, subject to certain adjustments. According to the merger agreement, which is subject to various closing conditions, Motorola will acquire all of RiverDelta Networks' capital stock in exchange for shares of Motorola's common stock.
Builders, developers and new homebuyers in the Boston metro area, including Massachusetts and New Hampshire suburbs, can now purchase in-home broadband networking from Verizon that will enable consumers to take advantage of broadband Internet connections that are available throughout the area. Homebuyers can choose Verizon Ready home networking options up until days before the walls are closed...
Wink Communications Inc.'s Enhanced Broadcasting is being offered as a standard feature for all of Time Warner Communications' digital cable customers in its Los Angeles West Valley region. With this agreement, more than 125,000 analog and digital Time Warner homes in the West Valley region are Wink-enabled.
OpenTV and USA Media Group are partnering to deploy an indepth interactive TV (iTV) content package available to U.S. cable operators using the Motorola DCT-2000 set-top box. USA Media Group's iTV deployment in Half Moon Bay, Calif. features 29 interactive applications including e-mail, instant messaging, shopping, games, news, weather and sports, all running on the DCT-2000.
Warner Bros. Tech Operations and In Demand have each signed agreements to use N2 Broadband's MediaPath system to transmit digital content to cable headends to support the deployment of video-on-demand services. N2 Broadband signed a definitive agreement with Warner Bros. Technical Ops for the purchase of MediaPath digital content delivery systems.
On Command Corp. and "USA Today" are partnering to offer "USA Today" News Center, an interactive television news service, to hotel guests this fall. On Command currently has more than 185,000 interactive rooms, and to date, projects that the "USA Today" News Center will be one of the largest worldwide deployments of interactive TV programming.
Although its rollout has taken longer than expected, the worldwide IP cable-telephony market is expected to increase from $1 billion in revenue in 2000 to more than $6.5 billion in 2005, according to a report released by Cahners In-Stat Group. The study, titled "Waiting for IP: Cable Telephony on Hold," also found that worldwide cable-telephony subscribers were expected to climb from 2.
RCN Corp. recently launched ResiLink bundled communication services in Natick, Mass. and San Francisco's Mission District, giving the residents in both communities a competitive choice in local telephone, cable TV and high-speed cable modem Internet services. New subscribers can choose from four different Resilink bundled pricing plans, which offer various combinations of digital cable TV, ful...
WideOpenWest recently announced that the Federal Trade Commission has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act for its proposed acquisition of the Ameritech New Media cable TV systems in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. With this grant, WideOpenWest may proceed with the acquisition without further FTC or Attorney General review.
CopperCom is partnering with Kenetec Inc. to deploy a joint voice- over-broadband system. The system will consist of CopperCom's CSX 2100 media gateway, CopperController softswitch and VoB gateway, combined with Kenetec's EdgeXpress 5000 Service Exchange Platform and the EdgeXpress 1000 Service Access Unit.
The CableLabs CableHome project has made public an interim specification for Quality of Service (QoS) and also has released its architecture framework technical report (www.cablelabs.com/homenetworks/specifications.html). "The CableHome architecture framework and QoS specification are two important documents in a series of publications that lay the technical groundwork for the cable industry's...
Shaw Cablesystems will launch more than 30 digital channels in September, but isn't sure how to package them. The company will give customers a free preview, it says, then decide on pricing or packaging options. In a call for opinions, Shaw says customers can go to its interactive survey at www.shaw.
ExciteAtHome's financial saga continues today, with a formal termination notice from Cox and Comcast regarding their exclusivity agreement. The company also says it's retained an investment banking firm to help explore its options, even as it faces today's deadline to muster up $50 million for a couple of dunning investors.
Another round from the number-crunchers: • A good 65 million American homes use the Internet, says Gartner Dataquest, an 8.4 million user jump since November 2000. Cable modem subscribers comprised more than 50 percent of online high-speed homes. "Cable providers are making a more concerted effort to sell cable modems, while the RBOCs, … have not taken up the cable TV challenge in t...
Note to fiber companies: Don't be thinking you can just railroad those landowners. A federal judge just approved a class action settlement allowing 50,000 landowners in 15 states to get a piece of an effort to lay fiber through their properties. The settlement stems from a fiber optic project by railroader Norfolk Southern Corp.