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

Ricochet redux

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Rising like a Phoenix from the ashes, Ricochet Networks has launched a technical trial of its high-speed, wireless Internet access network in Denver. Aerie Networks acquired Ricochet Networks from bankrupt Metricom Inc. for $8.25 million.Ricochet said the Denver test is the first step toward re-deploying the service and its patented MicroCellular Data Network.

Changes afoot at Moxi

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Despite a splashy coming-out party at January's Consumer Electronics Show, apparently not all sailing is smooth at Moxi Digital Inc. For starters, Steve Perlman, former co-founder of WebTV, stepped down as Moxi's CEO to become vice chairman and "devote more time for creative projects at Rearden Steel Studios," the company said.

Ucentric preps for 2002 deployments

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Digital home entertainment start-up Ucentric Systems said it has completed its initial phase of service operator trials, and is preparing a third-generation of its software platform for cable deployments in the second half of this year. Though Ucentric's focus is on software for set-top boxes and media servers, the company has supplied prototype hardware to trial participants, including C...

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InterVideo turns PCs into DVRs

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

No longer is the television the only domain of digital video recording technology and functionality. Fremont, Calif.-based InterVideo is adding DVR functions to PCs via WinDVR, a software bundle that allows users to pause, rewind and fast-forward video they are watching on PCs equipped with TV tuners.

Wave7 Optics B-round nets $23 M

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fiber-to-the-home and business equipment vendor Wave7 Optics said it raised $23 million in a second round of funding led by Advanced Technology. New investors included Mellon Ventures and Armada Ventures. Founding investors Morgenthaler and Lucent Ventures partners also participated in the round.

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Study: High-speed subs ripe for up-sell

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadband subscribers are more apt to be up-sold for "core" services during a broadband qualification or installation, revealed a new study from Mindwave Research and BroadJump Inc. The study, which polled 1,046 randomly selected and qualified residential broadband subscribers, found that consumers have a large attraction to "core" services.

Comcast opens high-speed doors to United Online

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Ushering in its own open access strategy, Comcast Corp. inked a non-exclusive deal with United Online Inc. to offer multiple ISPs in the MSO's cable modem markets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement gives United Online, owner of NetZero and Juno, the ability to offer broadband ISPs services for the first time.

Wink gets game

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wink Communications said it will develop and offer interactive television games via an affiliation deal with Two Way TV Inc. Wink added that it will distribute the games through existing partnerships with TV operators. The initial Wink-Two Way offering will include "virtual game channels" comprised of simple trivia, casino, arcade and word games.

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MSNBC taps Net Insight gear for video back-haul

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Following a trial launched last October, MSNBC has inked a deal with Net Insight's domestic partner, Qmedia, to access capacity on a bi-directional back-haul video network that links the programmer's presence in Washington, D.C. and New York. MSNBC will use the network to feed video of press conferences and briefings from the White House as well as news programs such as "Hardball" and "Da...

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Industry trio produces iTV/VOD/IPG package

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TV Guide Interactive Inc., WorldGate and Concurrent Computer Corp. pooled their respective products and services to construct a combined iTV/VOD package the trio expects to release to cable operators this summer. The services are designed to work on Motorola Inc.'s DCT-2000 set-top box and not use a middleware platform, the trio says.

Global Crossing race not to the SWIFT

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Global Crossing will no longer be exclusive provider of services to SWIFT, a consortium of banks that operates a global financial-transfer system. In February 2001, Global and SWIFT struck a $300 million networking deal under which Global would co-develop and co-manage SWIFT's network operations. Under the new deal, announced today, Global will no longer manage the development and operation of ...

Shaw, Rogers target dial-up users

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In an attempt to convert dial-up users to faster broadband connections and to lure entry-level Internet users, Canadian MSOs Rogers Cable Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. are offering "Internet Lite" services. Shaw has launched the service, and Rogers plans to offer it this month. Slower than traditional cable modem services but much faster than dial-up connections, the new Lite version ...

FCC begins Comcast review

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Pamela McClintock | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…04/01/2002 From LexisNexis The Federal Communications Commission has started the clock running on its review of Comcast's bid to buy up AT&T Broadband, the telco's gargantuan cable unit. Agency commenced its official 180-day review of the $75 million cable deal late Friday, just in time for the Easter holiday.

Universal Broadband buys Monarch

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Universal Broadband Communications purchased the assets of San Diego-based Monarch Communications, a telecom reseller with service in Colorado, Oregon, California and parts of Mexico. "I can't disclose the financial terms," says CEO Mark Ellis. Assets include the company's 1,200-customer base. Most of Monarch's traffic is in California, with "a lot of traffic to Mexico," Ellis says.

CableLabs serves up metadata in VOD spec

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a move that could play a huge role in forthcoming "everything" on-demand services, CableLabs has completed the first set of specifications related to handling descriptive data–also known as metadata–associated with on-demand video "events." The specification, dubbed V.10, is designed to create a common approach to handling metadata, which can identify VOD movie titles or ev...

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