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 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.
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.
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 Mediaone.net 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.
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...
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 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 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 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.
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.
Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Post - te…03/01/2002 From LexisNexis Tollgrade Communications Inc., which saw its profits slashed in half and 25 percent of its staff get pink slips last year, expects the hard times to continue in 2002.
Far south of the now-quiet Tauzin-Dingell fray, another contest is underway as former Cox executive Ray Nagin squares off with the local police chief in tomorrow's New Orleans mayoral runoff election. Nagin could not pause for questions — "I am running pretty hard and you have a lot of questions," he told CEDaily.
A new companion box from Motorola Broadband Communications Sector may not make people forget about Steve Perlman's latest venture, Moxi Digital Inc., but it might push Motorola's advanced DCT-5000 box a bit further back on MSO burners.Charter Communications Inc. said it will deploy a new "class" of set-top built by Motorola Broadband Communications Sector to offer advanced iTV services an...
With MSOs taking a harder look at including home networking services as part of their consumer services bundle, set-top makers are angling to include more home networking functionality into the boxes they offer up to operators.Motorola Broadband, through a recent technical services agreement with IEEE 802.
Breaking new ground in network powering and energy storage, closely held operator WinDBreak Cable Co. said it installed Beacon Power Corp.'s 6kWh demonstration flywheel unit. Beacon's 36-volt flywheel will provide back-up power to the operator's headend, which supplies video and data services in Lyman, Neb.