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Sony snags Device Mosaic

May 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Sony Corp. and OpenTV have announced a new licensing agreement of the OpenTV HTML browser, Device Mosaic, ideally for inclusion in a variety of future non-PC Sony devices. By adopting the HTML-based Device Mosaic, Sony gets the ability to develop products that use advanced HTML content and applications, along with the numerous HTML tool sets and commerce engines widely available on the Internet.

In Financial News.…

May 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A cloud of uncertainty is still hovering over the telecommunications market, so it stands to reason that quarterly results would offer a mixed bag. The latest to report: Cablevision Systems and EchoStar Communications. Cablevision Systems Corp. System upgrades continue to have an affect on Cablevision's quarterly results.

In Financial News.…(2)

May 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A cloud of uncertainty is still hovering over the telecommunications market, so it stands to reason that quarterly results would offer a mixed bag. The latest to report: Cablevision Systems and EchoStar Communications. Cablevision Systems Corp. System upgrades continue to have an affect on Cablevision's quarterly results.

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Top 10 MSOs pledge support to Powell's voluntary DTV plan

May 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association said late Wednesday that the industry's 10 largest MSOs have pledged their "strong and enthusiastic" support for a voluntary digital television plan recently drawn up by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell. In a letter to Powell, NCTA President and CEO Robert Sachs wrote that the operators have "committed their resour...

Sunflower taps 'Ultraband' to serve tech center

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Sunflower Broadband said it will deploy Advent Networks' proprietary "Ultraband" platform as part of a plan to serve small- and medium-sized business subscribers at the University of Kansas' Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC), where engineering students routinely evaluate new technologies.

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Cisco boosts IP/Ethernet portfolio via acquisitions

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. said it will augment its IP aggregation portfolio via the acquisition of two privately held companies: Billerica, Mass.-based Hammerhead Networks and Plano, Texas-based Navarro Networks. Cisco, which will snap up both companies in stock deals valued at a combined $258 million, said the fusion with Hammerhead will enhance its IP broadband aggregation repertoire with software d...

Movie man Cameron could boost MPEG-4

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

If MPEG-4 needed a big name to help it build some momentum against its proprietary competition, it's got one now. Academy Award winning director James Cameron has joined forces with software start-up iVAST Inc. to develop a slate of MPEG-4-based interactive programming. Specifically, Cameron will leverage iVAST's MPEG-4 platform and services for his EarthShipTV video entertainment channel.

802.11x extends market reach

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

With the Bluetooth wireless protocol failing to live up to expectations in the wireless networking world, competing wireless technologies on the 802.11x platform continue their rapid growth into new markets across the globe. In April, Royal Philips Electronics announced the first 802.11a WLAN solution to receive the CE Mark for the European Union market.

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CableLabs greenlights more DOCSIS 1.1 gear

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs said it certified a record 12 DOCSIS 1.1 cable modems and embedded multimedia terminal adapters, and qualified and re-qualified a total of three cable modem termination systems following the completion of wave 21. CableLabs says it awarded the coveted DOCSIS 1.1 stamp to cable modems from Accton, Arris, Askey, Conexant, Quanta, Samsung, Scientific-Atlanta, Tellabs, Terayon, Thomson a...

e-BOX paints an MPEG-4 future

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Seven high-profile companies have pooled their products to form e-BOX Corp., a Tokyo, Japan-based venture that will supply North American and Asia Pacific operators with a digital cable platform based on MPEG-4 technology. Pushing e-BOX Corp. along is Comcast Corp., which is advising the new venture and will conduct trials based on its MPEG-4 delivery system.

Scientists envision A.I. for set-tops

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A team of BIAP Systems scientists outside of Washington, D.C., working on intelligent agent technology for the company's government projects, shrunk the resulting software's footprint and adapted the technology for set-top boxes. The result is software that sends intelligent agents –feelers that go out onto the Web and retrieve specific information they've been told to seek–from se...

Powell asks for digital volunteers

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell in early April issued a plan that aims to goose the digital-television migration. Noting that the plan is "voluntary," Powell suggested that ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and pay nets HBO and Showtime could populate at least 50 percent of their primetime schedule with HD programming or other "value-added" digital television programming during the ...

Conexant chip integrates cable modem and MPEG decoder

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Conexant Systems has launched the CX24430, a set-top box chip that combines a cable modem and an MPEG decoder for interactive cable applications. In addition to digital set-tops, the chip could also be deployed in broadband home gateways and other advanced interactive cable devices. The full function CX24430 targets the worldwide cable market and goes for $37 per unit in volume.

BigBand reaches digital milestone

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

BigBand Networks Inc. said its Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR) now serves more than 500,000 digital cable subscribers in North America, thanks in part to deployment deals with Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Blue Ridge Communications and Canadian MSO Rogers Cable. BigBand, which is working with other undisclosed operators, said it reached that milestone less than six months af...

Motorola, N2 forge content delivery system

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to tap existing bandwidth to create a more efficient platform for on-demand content transport, Motorola Broadband Communications Sector and N2 Broadband have unveiled a new satellite-based digital asset management and delivery system. Under terms of the agreement, the system melds N2 Broadband's MediaPath digital asset management platform with Motorola's DigiCipher II uplink systems and...

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