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SeaChange hits high; Blonder trims losses; N2 gets $10 M

March 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• SeaChange International saw Q4 revenue climb from $25.8 million in 2001 to $33.4 million in 2002 — its highest yet, it says. The company's fourth quarter ended with net income of $2.1 million, or 9 cents a share, up from a net loss of $1 million, or 5 cents a share, for the same year-ago period.

RCN: NOC consolidation complete

March 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

RCN Corp. finished consolidating its Network Operations Centers into one in Trooper, Pa. Since August 2000, the company has been moving the seven NOCs it picked up through various acquisitions into one central location. The consolidation took 16 months and eliminated 50 positions during that time, says RCN spokeswoman Pamela Faatz.

Adelphia launches high-speed Internet to Colchester, Conn.

March 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Karen Kaplan | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Day The Day…03/06/2002 From LexisNexis Customers of Adelphia Cable Communications in Colchester could have high-speed Internet access by next month. Subscribers in the 11 other towns of the cable company's two regional franchise areas can sign on for the service as the year continues, according to Regina Sullivan, gener...


Liberate lands Two Way license; Hitron gets WiFi certification

March 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Liberate Technologies licensed enhanced broadcast technology from Two Way TV Ltd. The license lets Liberate build a system that it says will give operators and broadcasters more control over delivery and presentation of applications that are synchronized with TV broadcasts wherever Liberate's software has been deployed.


FCC wants to promote competition, chairman asserts

March 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Beatrice E. Garcia | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service The Miami Herald…03/05/2002 From LexisNexis Despite some early signs that the U.S. economy could be on the mend, a good portion of the telecommunications industry is still in the throes of a severe contraction.

Comcast concedes service problems in Harrisburg, Pa.

March 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by David DeKok | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Patriot-News The Patriot-News…03/05/2002 From LexisNexis Comcast Corp. has acknowledged continuing problems with e-mail service to its 800,000 cable-modem Internet customers since its contract with ExciteAtHome ended last Thursday, but says its engineers are working "around the clock" to fix them.

CableLabs develops first version of metadata specs

March 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs took a step toward standardizing metadata for VOD with the completion of a first set of specifications. "It's not really an old project," says spokesman Mike Schwartz. CableLabs has been working on the specs since late last year. The spec, CableLabs VoD Content Specification V1.0, seeks to create a common approach to handling descriptive data related to VOD, called metadata.

TCTA completes board, touts cable awards

March 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association handed out cable awards and announced new board members at its 42nd annual convention and trade show last week. "There are three classes," says TCTA President Bill Arnold, who is retiring his post. "Class one (directors) are appointed by the companies they represent.

Advertisement domain name change: A warning

March 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Lisa Pierce | Comments

Copyright 2002 Network World, Inc. Network World…03/04/2002 From LexisNexis As a result of a recent legal settlement, AT&T Broadband must stop using the domain name and is requiring its 630,000 customers to change their e-mail and Web pages. AT&T purchased MediaOne for approximately $58 billion two years ago in a deal that brought along users with mediaone.

Adelphia to buy cable system in Florida from Verizon

March 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Harrington | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 St. Petersburg Times St. Petersburg Times…03/02/2002 By LexisNexis Nineteen months after putting its Americast cable system up for sale, Verizon Communications has found a buyer with some staying power. Adelphia Communications, a rural Pennsylvania company that has swelled into one of the biggest cable operators in the coun...


Gores bids for Global

March 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Chris Woodyard | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…03/04/2002 From LexisNexis An investment firm that's turned around such technology firms as The Learning Company and VeriFone plans to submit a bid as soon as this week for what could be its biggest acquisition — troubled Global Crossing. Gores Technology Group intends to file a bid in U.


EarthLink moves WiFi to cable customers

March 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EarthLink Inc. expanded its home-networking service from DSL to offering it to customers with cable connections. The company launched in more than 20 Time Warner Cable systems last year and plans to launch in 18 more by mid-2002. The wired version of the service uses a home's standard phone wiring or Ethernet to network PCs, peripherals and Internet appliances without any added wiring, it says.

Williams cuts 25% of workforce, nCUBE names Pohl CEO

March 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Williams Communications Group Inc. will cut 25 percent of its 4,000-member global workforce, probably within the next two weeks, The Tulsa World reports. With $5.16 billion in debt from building its 33,000-mile fiber optic network, and with its trading suspended by the New York Stock Exchange, the company has been looking at restructuring options.


Cox's Nagin beats police chief in mayoral runoff

March 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox exec Ray Nagin trounced Police Superintendent Richard Pennington in New Orleans' mayoral runoff Saturday, with 59 percent of the vote. Nagin, 45, will leave his $400,000-a-year spot as VP and GM at Cox Communications of Louisiana for the $110,000-a-year mayoral position. "We're really thrilled for him," says Cox spokeswoman Amy Cohn.

iSurfTV 'maps' out IPG plans

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hoping to avoid the long reach of Gemstar-TV Guide's lawyers, iSurfTV said it has received a patent that covers and protects the company's "cornerstone" interactive program guide technology. That patent, No. 6,342,884, covers iSurfTV's use of texture mapping to display text or images on an IPG.


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