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

Mediacom, Blue Ridge Tap Concurrent for VOD

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Proving that video-on-demand isn't only for the largest MSOs, Blue Ridge Communications and Mediacom Communications Corp. said they will deploy the technology via separate agreements with Concurrent Computer Corp. In the case of Blue Ridge, the operator said initial deployments will begin the first quarter of 2002 via Scientific-Atlanta Inc.

Rogers Launches Enhanced Programming

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pushing ahead with its aggressive iTV strategy, Canadian MSO Rogers Cable Inc. said it has launched enhanced programming and advertising to about 200,000 subscribers in Ontario via an agreement with Wink Communications Inc. This marked the first Canadian launch of Wink, which is available to roughly 4 million satellite and cable households in North America.

ADC updates outlook, sells three more units

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ADC updated its guidance for fourth-quarter 2001 and fiscal year 2002, and announced it's completed the sales of a business unit and two product lines. One deal entails a management buyout of a unit ADC bought in May 2000. The company cut its fourth-quarter forecast to $380 million to $400 million from the $400 million to $450 million it announced previously.

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Cox BS installs Centrex in Conn. school district

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Business Services completed installation of its Centrex services in the East Granby, Conn., school district. The company says the deal will save the district more than $5,000, or 43 percent, a year on phone and Internet charges. Under the $12,000-a-year contract, Cox will supply telephone and Internet services to East Granby high, middle, Seymour and Carl Allgrove schools, and to the Board ...

Terayon Spins Chips

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Moving on previously stated plans, Terayon Communication Systems Inc. spun off its silicon unit, creating a new company called "Imedia Semiconductor." That division designs, manufactures and sells broadband silicon for the cable sector, and includes a focus on Terayon's proprietary S-CDMA (synchronous code division multiple access) as well as A-TDMA (advanced time division multiple access) tec...

SCTE Group Adopts Three Standards

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' Hybrid Management Sub-Layer (HMS) subcommittee has produced and adopted its first three standards linked to outside plant monitoring: HMS 005, HMS 004 and HMS 022. HMS 005 addresses the physical layer specification, HMS 004 refers to the MAC layer specification, and HMS 022 handles the power supply-to-transponder interface specification.

Cablevision Bows Ambitious Digital Service

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Following a series of delays, Cablevision Systems Corp. launched its highly-anticipated digital service in late September, offering it to about 500,000 subscribers in Western Long Island, N.Y. The service, dubbed "iO: Interactive Optimum," offers a suite of advanced applications such as video-on-demand, subscription-VOD, interactive television, an expanded video lineup, 45 channels of commerci...

TVN-Adelphia Strike VOD Deal

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Shifting its video-on-demand strategy to a higher gear, Adelphia Communications Corp. said it tapped TVN Entertainment Corp. as its primary content transport provider for VOD and pay-per-view titles. Under terms of the five-year deal, TVN said it will also serve as the MSO's content provider. Time will tell exactly how TVN's role in that area will unfold.

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Broadcom Chip Dials Up VoIP

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadcom Corp. has debuted its "BCM3351," an integrated cable modem chip that targets data and two-line, voice-over-Internet protocol applications. Designed for DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS as well as CableLabs' upcoming CableHome specification, Broadcom's chip is also available with the company's "CablexChange" PacketCable VoIP software.

TVGateway Upgrades IPG

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Following certification by Motorola Broadband's Acadia Labs, TVGateway LLC said it launched an enhanced version of its digital interactive program guide, offering updated graphics, "favorite channel" lists, and a guide data download function that enables subs to view multiple days of TV schedules on demand.

WINfirst Moves on iTV

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Denver-based fiber-to-the-home overbuilder WINfirst said it has launched interactive television services in Sacramento, Calif., offering video-on-demand, an advanced channel navigator and other applications created via its middleware and conditional access partnership with Canal+ Technologies. Among those apps, Canal+'s "Mosaic Navigator" offers a live view of as many as 12 different channels ...

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Motorola Elevates Breen

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Keeping a firm eye on the future of broadband, Motorola Inc. said it has selected Edward Breen to succeed Robert Growney as the company's president and chief operating officer. Breen, who is the executive vice president and president of Motorola's Networks Sector, was the chairman and CEO of General Instrument Corp.

Pacific Broadband Finds an Ally in S-A

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After going years without a cable modem termination system of its own, Scientific-Atlanta Inc. said it will bolster its data strategy via a reselling arrangement with San Jose, Calif.-based start-up Pacific Broadband Communications. Under terms of the deal, S-A will be the exclusive reseller of PBC CMTS gear in North America.

Four Break the DOCSIS 1.1 Barrier

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Widening the door for advanced cable-based services and applications such as packetized voice, two cable modem manufacturers and two cable modem termination system vendors on Sept. 27 became the first to pass CableLabs' test for the DOCSIS 1.1 specification. Following a revamped effort for automated testing routines and an "ongoing" wave of DOCSIS 1.

Time Warner Extends CSG Contract

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Columbus, Ohio division said it extended an existing billing and customer care agreement with CSG Systems Inc. for a period of three years. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the new deal, CSG will continue to provide customer service and support to about 308,000 cable subscribers in the greater Columbus area.

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