Aiming to slash space, cost and power requirements for on-demand cable services and network-based personal video recording systems, Microtune Inc. and nCUBE Corp. have introduced a new set of silicon designed to replace today's "bulky" upconverters. While a typical upconverter is roughly the size of a VCR unit, the Microtune/nCUBE offering reduces all of those components into three "Video...
Making the inevitable official, CableLabs said its North American MSO members have agreed to marry parts of Europe's Multimedia Home Platform middleware into the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP), the middleware specification for OpenCable-based digital set-tops. CableLabs said OCAP will incorporate the "bulk" of the MHP 1.
Advent Networks Inc. said Kansas City-based overbuilder Everest Connections marks the first operator to deploy the start-up's proprietary "Ultraband" platform. Everest, which competes in the market with incumbent MSO Time Warner Cable, has three commercial customers signed on so far, and expects to market Ultraband in full during 1Q 2002, said Advent CEO and President Geoff Tudor.
As consumers e-mail larger and larger files, peer-to-peer applications become more and more prevalent and new broadband services such as VOD continue to enter the fold, the need for proper bandwidth management and monitoring methods will certainly rise to unprecedented levels in 2002. Proper management and monitoring techniques will grow in importance, especially since MSOs aren't about t...
Together, they say, they'd be one of the country's top 10 cable operators. Thirteen broadband network providers pooled their $5 billion, 29,000 miles of fiber and 1 million customer clout, and formed the Broadband Service Providers Association to promote open access. The facilities-based providers are targeting three issues in the competitive broadband industry: nondiscriminatory access ...
Predictive Networks has inked a memorandum of understanding to provide targeted advertising and other content designed for the Microsoft TV set-top box software platform. Predictive said its "Digital Silhouette" technology provides "viewer behavioral profiling" comprising more than 180 demographic and content categories.
Hoping to take media streaming far beyond the levels of MPEG-2, iVAST and Sigma Designs have formed a strategic partnership to co-develop an MPEG-4 design for digital set-tops, DVD players and other consumer electronics devices. Under terms of the agreement, the design will meld iVast's MPEG-4 player with Sigma's EM8475 decoder chip.
In an effort to automate access to multiple Internet service providers, Time Warner Cable said it has struck a deal to deploy BroadJump's "Virtual Truck Installer." The deal expands a 1999 partnership between the companies, when the MSO selected BroadJump's software to provision Road Runner customers.
Bell Canada struck a deal with Exent Technologies to offer Gamesmania, a games-on-demand service aimed at PC owners with DSL connections. Accessed via the Web, Exent's "pay-as-you-play" model incorporates the company's secure "EXEtender" software-on-demand platform, which streams PC titles directly to customers with high-speed Internet access.
Marking the latest vendor to bug out of the sector, Ericsson said it inked a deal to sell its Lynchburg, Va.- based cable modem business to Canadian firm Aastra Technologies for an undisclosed amount of money. Ericsson, whose primary cable modem efforts had centered around its PipeRider brand, sold its first unit in mid-2000.
Start-up IP-telephony firm Cedar Point Communications said Comcast Corp. will test its Cable Media Switching Systems in the lab. Conducting those tests at its Philadelphia headquarters, the MSO marks the first third-party evaluation of Cedar Point's equipment, which is based on PacketCable specifications and aims to simplify IP telephony by collapsing call management servers, media gatewa...
The base of home-based broadband users flew past the 21 million mark in November, setting an all-time high, reported Nielsen//NetRatings. More specifically, one out of every five "surfers" accessed the Internet via broadband, equating to about 20 percent of the Internet's universe of 106 million active users.
Ever had a great idea for a new product or tool that would make life simpler for broadband network field personnel, but shoved the idea to the back of your mind because you didn't know how to get the idea to market? It's time to search the recesses of your mind and put your idea down on paper, because it could net you a cool $10,000 or more.
Tapping into a voracious well of PC and console gamers and giving TechTV a gentle competitive nudge, Comcast Corp. finally unveiled plans for G4, a new video gaming network slated to launch in April. So far, Insight Communications and Comcast have agreed to carry the channel on systems serving about 7 million subscribers.
Being an optimist is a tough business these days. Signs of buoyancy are harder and harder to find, but acknowledging that often flies in the face of simple tact. As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said–re-circulating a proverb dating to the late 16th century– never mention rope in the house of a man recently hanged.