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VNI goes glam

November 21, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Video Networks (VNI) is shedding its old image for a new Hollywood persona. The digital media applications provider has opened an L.A. office and will be changing its name to Pathfire. The company has opened this office close to the entertainment industry to create digital syndication and digital cinema.

S-A launches upgrade

November 21, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Release 1.4 is here! Maybe not as highly anticipated as Sony Play Station 2, but full of promise, Scientific-Atlanta 's Transmission Network Control System 1.4 software will give cable operators iTV support and monitor the systems that can increase subscriber satisfaction and operator revenues. Operators will be able to recognize, troubleshoot and correct problems in their cable networks, possi...

Ordering HBO online

November 21, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Subscribers/surfers/hermits in Memphis just got lucky. Now they can order all their HBO programming online, see it delivered within minutes and never have to talk to anyone. Subscribers log onto the HBO or Time Warner Cable of Memphis sites and enter their zip codes. They then plug in their choices and can even choose to upgrade their HBO service package.

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Have a Coke and a smi…polar bear

November 21, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

While the family is gathered around the TV this holiday season, watching the REAL Grinch, keep an eye out for the cheery Coke commercials with the amiable polar bear twins. Subscribers with a standards-based iTV enhanced set-top box will be able to interact with the advertising campaign and order a free polar bear stuffed animal from Coke, while supplies last.

Have a Coke and a smi…polar bear(2)

November 21, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

While the family is gathered around the TV this holiday season, watching the REAL Grinch, keep an eye out for the cheery Coke commercials with the amiable polar bear twins. Subscribers with a standards-based iTV enhanced set-top box will be able to interact with the advertising campaign and order a free polar bear stuffed animal from Coke, while supplies last.

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

November 20, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

It's beginning to look like open-access is the way of the future and ADC is laying the groundwork for making those free rides easier on the Time Warners and AT&Ts of the world. The company has enhanced its cable modem termination system products to make it easier for cable operators to support open access for subscriber flexibility.

It'sadirtyjob…

November 20, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

…make the robot do it. Yet another plus of modern technology: when it comes time to lay fiber-optic cable in big city sewers, send in a machine without a nose, nor enhanced by iSmell. Canadian-based Stream Intelligent Networks has developed a specialized robotic technology, called STAR, (Sewage Telecommunications Access by Robot), to install high-speed fiber-optic networks in both storm s...

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It's a dirty job…

November 20, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

…make the robot do it. Yet another plus of modern technology: when it comes time to lay fiber-optic cable in big city sewers, send in a machine without a nose, nor enhanced by iSmell. Canadian-based Stream Intelligent Networks has developed a specialized robotic technology, called STAR, (Sewage Telecommunications Access by Robot), to install high-speed fiber-optic networks in both storm s...

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Marching to the tune of BigBand

November 20, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

BigBand Networks has rolled out its new router, the Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR), which allows video, audio and data to be directed in their native formats. "The router is capable of routing different types of media services, like broadcast video, Internet access and VOD, and respecting their different natures and processes," Marcia Bana, director of communications for BigBand, tol...

PPV time-shift

November 20, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Concurrent Computer 's personal video technology (PVC) has delivered the first pay-per-view events as VOD. Time Warner's Hawaii-based Oceanic Cable subs tuned in two championship boxing fights whenever they wanted, not when the network dictated they would be shown. A real plus for the time zone the islands are in.

WOW in Texas

November 19, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

WideOpenWest is riding out into open territory and rounding 'em up. Just a few weeks after winning the right to overbuild monopolies in Greeley and Colorado Springs, Colo., the up and coming cable company headed down to Texas and has signed on to offer broadband services to Lewisville. The agreement gives WOW 400,000 households within seven area franchises.

C-Cube chips new and tasty

November 19, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

C-Cube has introduced a new family of integrated cable front-end chips - according to the company, the first ever - designed to support all major world cable standards. The two chips, part of the MultiLynx line, let set-top box and cable modem manufacturers design a single product that can be deployed on any two-way broadband cable network anywhere in the world.

Happy Friday. Digital cable raking in the subs

November 16, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The numbers are in and tell the whole story. Digital cable service is the entertainment option of choice for more than seven million entertainment-hungry Americans. The discriminating subscriber likes the major channel selection, iTV capabilities and other advanced services in development that digital cable offers.

Bluetooth users can choose

November 16, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Customers of Texas Instruments' Bluetooth-enabled cable solutions now have a choice in operation systems. TI has added Jungo Software Technologies' Linux residential gateway software to TI's broadband cable modems. The Linux-based gateway offers many services including home networking, VOIP, network management, virtual private network and security.

Cablevision wants more time

November 16, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The FCC is considering moving up a deadline prohibiting cable operators from deploying advanced set-tops to subscribers. The deadline is currently set for Jan. 1, 2005, but Circuit City and other retailers want it moved up to 2003. The retailers are complaining that the extended deadline is hampering competition in the set-top box market.

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