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Arris completes sale, lays off 300

November 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Arris completed the sale of its "Actives" business to Scientific-Atlanta Inc. for $37.5 million, but also announced further workforce reductions. Arris said it will lay off 300 employees, an action driven in part by the sale to S-A, a need for further cost reductions, and the closure of the company's Andover, Mass.

TiVo narrows loss, reaches 500,000-sub milestone

November 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Fed by a growing number of subscribers to its digital video recording service, DVR market leader TiVo Inc. said losses narrowed and revenues rose in the third quarter. TiVo's net loss was $11.5 million, or 23 cents a share-an improvement over a net loss of $34.5 million a year earlier. The company also reported a jump in service and technology revenue, growing to $12.

Murdoch: Rejected Cablevision venture

November 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Harry Berkowitz | Comments

Copyright 2002 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)…11/22/2002 LexisNexis News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said yesterday that he doubts Cablevision System Corp.'s plans for a new satellite TV service can succeed and that he rejected an offer to be a partner in the venture. "We do not believe in the viability of it," Murdoch said at a news conference in Manhattan after the annual meetin...


AOL uploads TW content

November 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Justin Oppelaar, Meredith Amdur | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…11/22/2002 Lexis Nexis NEW YORK — America Online's new boss, Jonathan Miller, on Thursday gave the company's board of directors a sneak preview of plans to revitalize the ailing Internet giant Thursday. The enhancements — said to be among the AOL Time Warner's top priorities for the coming year — will include expanded conte...

Comcast offers customers video-on-demand service for no extra cost

November 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Akweli Parker | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Philadelphia Inquirer…11/21/2002 LexisNexis PHILADELPHIA —Comcast Corp. is launching the latest version of its video-on-demand service in Philadelphia Thursday, hoping it can win customers to its digital tier of service by letting them watch some favorite shows anytime they darn well please.

SeaChange outlines VOD deployments with Time Warner Cable

November 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

As Time Warner Cable aggressively rolls out video-on-demand nationwide, SeaChange International Inc. says its VOD systems have been deployed by 14 TWC and two other cable divisions that will soon be part of the Advance/Newhouse group. All 16 locations are currently running the "iCONTROL" service, providing movies and music-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand and tiers of free, on-demand pro...

EchoStar wins back license for high-speed Internet bird

November 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…11/21/2002 LexisNexis U.S. regulators have reversed themselves and reinstated a U.S. license for EchoStar Communications Corp. to launch a satellite with high-speed Internet capabilities. The Federal Communications Commission in June revoked EchoStar's license for using the high-speed Ka-band frequency because it said the satellite...

DivX, InterVideo Partner on PC Video

November 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Dufy Hayes | Comments

With the launch last week of the Movielink Internet movie download site, there's renewed interest in consumer adoption of video technologies in the PC environment. Video compression software developer DivXNetworks has been pushing its patent-pending platform into the PC world since its reorganization a couple of years ago, and they've signed another partnership in that same vein, it was announc...


High-speed prices down 'moderately' in Q3

November 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

While prices and fees continue to rise for just about everything, the cost of consumer broadband services continues to decline, ARS Inc. said, citing a recent study. ARS said "effective annualized" monthly service rates for cable modem and DSL services were down "moderately" in the third quarter of 2002.

MSN TV ad campaign targets "older" Americans, Internet newbies(2)

November 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Microsoft Corp.'s MSN TV dial-up Internet service has launched a new national advertising campaign targeted to "older" Americans and consumers who are accessing the Internet for the first time. Tapping into an initial campaign budget of $5 million, MSN TV, whose success has been jaded since Microsoft acquired the business from Steve Perlman-founded WebTV in 1997, said it will use television spo...

Comcast turns on HDTV service for Detroit-area customers

November 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Heather Newman | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Detroit Free Press Detroit Free Press…11/20/2002 LexisNexis Some Comcast customers who have big-screen TVs can see the big picture now. Well, some big pictures, anyway. NBC, ABC, HBO, Showtime and PBS will be available immediately as high-definition channels for most southeast Michigan customers who sign up for a new digita...

Movie download service likely to bomb with users

November 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Mike Wendland | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Detroit Free Press…11/20/2002 LexisNexis Now you can legally grab popular Hollywood movies from the Internet — if you have a broadband cable or DSL connection and don't mind a lot of inconvenience. It's a joint project by five major studios to provide a movies-on-demand venture called MovieLink.

Robinson and Breen reunite at Tyco

November 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

David Robinson, the former president of Motorola Broadband, has reunited with former boss Ed Breen to become president of Tyco International Ltd. 's plastics and adhesives group. Robinson, who left Motorola Broadband this year to pursue a CEO-level job, was succeeded in June by cable vet Dan Moloney, whose time with Motorola goes back to its merger with General Instrument Corp.

Linksys taps Wind River software for dual-band gear

November 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

New home networking gear from Linksys that supports both 802.11a and 802.11b wireless networking will rely on Wind River Systems ' embedded software, the companies announced. Specifically, Wind River's operating system technology and advanced embedded networking protocols provide security and other functionality in new Linksys Dual Band Wireless gear, including an A+B Broadband Router and an A+...

New BIAP app syncs PC and TV Internet content

November 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

BIAP Systems said it has enhanced its digital set-top software portfolio with a new application that automatically synchronizes a cable or satellite customer's personalized information for Web content delivered to the PC and the TV. "With a simple software application download, a service provider can effectively link both major platforms - the television and the personal computer," said John Gr...


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