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Comcast launches online photo service

January 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Following a trend that put digital cameras in many a stocking during the 2002 holiday season, Comcast has launched a photo center that provides enough software tools to help "digital shutterbugs" manage their digital photos online. The Comcast Photo Center, in partnership with digital/traditional photo service Snapfish, allows Comcast customers to print, share and store pro-quality photos on th...

HDTV said to be 'big winner' for cable in immediate future

January 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2003 Warren Publishing, Inc. Warren's Cable Regulation Monitor...01/13/2003 Lexis Nexis Las Vegas—Cable's sudden realization of importance of HDTV to customer retention "was a real head knocker," Cox Cable CEO James Robbins said at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here Jan. 9. "We realized that was where our best customers were going, and we weren't there.

SCTE seeks spring '03 award nominations

January 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers said it is accepting nominations for its annual spring awards, which recognize cable pros and companies for their industry and Society accomplishments. With a deadline of March 3, SCTE is accepting nomination forms in the following categories: Member of the Year: Recognizes the SCTE member who has made the most significant contributions to the o...


SCTE standards also play big role in digital 'plug-and-play' agreement

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Although organizations such as CableLabs and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association played key roles in the recent cable-consumer electronics "plug-and-play" agreement, companies that make gear based on that proposed pact must comply with six Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers standards.

Case to step down

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Steve Case, AOL Time Warner's embattled chairman, said he will step down from that post effective at the company's annual shareholders meeting in May, noting that the company does not need "distractions" at this critical point in the company's future. The announcement comes about three years to the day when America Online and Time Warner first announced their merger agreement.

Motorola to buy rest of Next Level

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Motorola Inc. said it plans to make a tender offer for all of the outstanding publicly held shares of subsidiary Next Level Communications, marking a $40 million move that would give Next Level the financial shielding it requires, and provide Motorola with a stronger play in the video-over-copper arena.

Comcast buys a load of Arris C4 CMTSs

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Arris' deal to buy cable modem termination startup Cadant Inc. in November 2001 for roughly $63 million continued to pay dividends this week as Comcast Corp. ordered an additional 50 C4 CMTS chassis to support the MSO's data service deployments. Financial terms were not disclosed. The C4, which currently supports as many as 16 downstreams and 128 upstreams per chassis, can be "field-upgraded" t...

Charter digital customers to get HDNet in two markets

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Anxious cable customers with high-definition television systems are waiting for the amount of available programming to catch up with the technology, and today customers of Charter's High Definition service learned they can expect two new high-definition networks-at least in a couple of select Dallas and southern California Charter markets.


CSG Systems adds customer care through acquisition

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Telecommunications and cable operator billing system provider CSG Systems is adding self care and electronic billing to the mix of products it can offer to operators, through a recent acquisition of Toronto-based developer Davinci Technologies. CSG is specifically eyeing the telecommunications market for customer care and billing with the Davinci acquisition, hoping to address one of the bigges...

OpenTV claims victory in Liberate legalities

January 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Two of the industry's leading interactive television companies — OpenTV Corp. and Liberate Technologies — have been slugging it out in court over patents, and late Thursday, a judge hearing the various patent infringement cases between the two made a significant ruling in OpenTV's favor. A judge in the U.

CableLabs adds HD to Go2Broadband

January 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs, aiming to give cable operators a retail boost with high-definition television in much the same way it has with high-speed data, said this week that it will add HDTV support to its Go2Broadband service locator. The HD version will identify which cable markets offer HD content and/or digital services, including service tiers, programming lineups and pricing information.

Baseball to lead-off ESPN HD

January 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

ESPN is gearing up to offer a variety of professional and collegiate sports programming in high-definition in the year ahead, and this week the sports programmer released a preliminary schedule of what viewers can expect to see in the new, crisper format. ESPN will lead-off its new HD channel March 30 by running a Major League Baseball game featuring the Texas Rangers at the world champion Anah...

IPO Nears for Time Warner Cable; Offering seen in 2nd quarter, would follow big losses at AOL

January 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2003 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)...01/10/2003 BLOOMBERG NEWS Lexis Nexis AOL Time Warner Inc. chief financial officer Wayne Pace said yesterday the largest media company's planned initial public offering of its cable unit will likely take place in the second quarter. AOL Time Warner can probably raise $2 billion to $4 billion through an IPO of Time Warner Cable, said Michael ...

Celox ends operations in Southborough, Mass.

January 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jerri Stroud | Comments

Copyright 2003 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2003 St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis Post-Dispatch...01/10/2003 Lexis Nexis Celox Networks Inc., the first graduate of the Center for Emerging Technologies in St. Louis, has shut its doors in Southborough, Mass., another victim of the downturn in the telecommunications industry.

EchoStar raises dish rates

January 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Harry Berkowitz | Comments

Copyright 2003 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)...01/10/2003 Lexis Nexis Just one month after its planned merger with DirecTV fell through, EchoStar Communications announced yesterday that it is raising basic rates for its Dish Network satellite TV service by $2 per month. EchoStar chairman Charlie Ergen had said the merger's collapse, which was blocked by federal regulators, would lead to ...


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