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NCTA: Broadband cable grows in second quarter

August 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cable-based broadband services marched on in the second quarter, with advanced voice, data and video services leading the way, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) said Friday. More specifically, NCTA said the cable industry ended the second quarter with 16.8 million digital cable subs, 9.

Cablevision taps S-A for digital boxes and headends

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision System Corp. has inked a deal to integrate Scientific-Atlanta Inc. digital set-tops and headend equipment to support 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.

Liberate warns, stock drops

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Liberate Technologies ' shares were shedding 15 percent of their value in morning trading, following news that the interactive TV platform provider has lowered its first quarter outlook. In response to current market conditions and lowered demand in the cable and telecom markets for its software, Liberate expects to fall short of its previous first quarter revenue guidance of between $20 millio...


WorldGate services Astound in Cali

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Residents in Northern California that subscribe to Astound Broadband's digital service will soon be receiving WorldGate Communications Inc.'s interactive services as part of their basic digital package. The WorldGate services will be packaged as Astound iTV and offered to customers in Walnut Creek and Concord, Calif.

Euro-DOCSIS board certifies and qualifies

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Euro-DOCSIS Certification Board has certified its second DOCSIS 1.1 cable modem and has qualified three CMTSs. Arris's Touchtone Telephony voice-enabled cable modem became the second cable modem to receive Euro-DOCSIS 1.1 certification, during the board's latest certification wave. Texas Instruments Inc.

Baseball streams to fans

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

With the strike deadline looming, fans are trying to soak up every bit of baseball out there. Earlier this week, 30,000 fans connected to the first-ever live video stream of a Major League Baseball game. The game, featuring the Texas Rangers vs. the New York Yankees, was streamed in high-definition 300K broadband video at MLB.

U.S. Robotics, SmoothWall team for ADSL security

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Marching forward with its plan of providing customers with a "one-box" solution, U.S. Robotics has teamed with SmoothWall Ltd. to provide firewall protection for its ADSL USB modems. Security software developer SmoothWall's SmoothWall GPL 2.0 software will support U.S. Robotics' SureConnect ADSL USB modem.

Icahn expects 95% of XO debt

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jonathan Berke | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…08/29/2002 From LexisNexis Carl Icahn said Wednesday he expects to have 95 percent of XO Communications Inc.'s $1 billion in bank debt after he closes on his tender offer Thursday, Aug. 29. This would give Icahn control of the Reston, Va. -based broadband provider if it fails to close on a proposed Forstmann Little & Co.


Helius establishing Strategic Reseller Program

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deseret News Publishing Co. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT)…08/28/2002 From LexisNexis Helius Inc., which develops technology for seamless broadband communication over satellite and local area networks, is establishing the Strategic Reseller Program for enterprise partners to support the Helius Router for Hughes DirecWay.

SeaChange wins Insight VOD contract, posts 2Q loss

August 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

SeaChange International Inc. let go with the industry's worst kept video-on-demand secret Tuesday afternoon, revealing with the release of its second quarter numbers that the company had won a contract to be Insight Communications' new VOD server and system vendor in 10 markets. Prior to going with SeaChange, Insight's primary vendor was Diva Systems Corp.

Nortel tumbles on cuts, revised outlook

August 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

As customer spending for telecom gear continues to wane, Nortel Networks is weighing its options. The latest: the company plans to cut 7,000 more jobs and has revised its third-quarter sales forecast. The company's stock fell nearly 18 percent at one point in morning trading action. The telecom equipment giant has eliminated roughly 50,000 jobs since last year.

Kasenna takes VOD delivery to another level

August 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

With the help of Broadcom Corp., Kasenna Inc. is pushing the performance envelope for video-on-demand delivery on Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. The streaming media provider says it has achieved throughput of 910 Mbps output on a Gigabit Ethernet interface from its MediaBase XMP video delivery platform.

RCN unloads New Jersey systems

August 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

RCN Corp. takes an expected step to shed some non-core cable systems in New Jersey to focus on its bundling service strategy. The $245 million cash deal will give control of the Central New Jersey systems and its 80,000 subscribers to private equity firm Spectrum Equity Investors and former cable executive Steve Simmons.

Home networking service, support package debuts for operators

August 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

It seems operators have been waiting for the other shoe to drop when it comes to home networking. So far, operators have initially tested and trialed various home networking technologies in an effort to define a model that might glean some additional revenue in providing home routing and connection sharing equipment to broadband customers they already have.

SONICblue faces Nasdaq delisting

August 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SONICblue Inc.'s stock was being pummeled in early morning trading, following the news that the company has been put on notice by the Nasdaq. The PVR technology provider has received notification that its stock has closed below the minimum $1 per share requirement for continued listing on the Nasdaq National Market.


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