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AOL-TW Targets TV-On-Demand

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

AOL Time Warner Inc.'s newly minted interactive-video division bolted from the blocks with the goal of raising the bar on the on-demand concept. Blending a wide array of content with technical know-how, the division plans to hasten the growth of video-on-demand, subscription-VOD and other advanced applications such as IP telephony, personal video recording, multiple ISP access and targeted adv...

DOCSIS 2.0 to Bolster Upstream, Mitigate Noise

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to bolster cable return paths to 30 megabits per second in order to accommodate advanced applications like peer-to-peer and video conferencing, CableLabs said last month that it is creating a new version of the Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specification that incorporates advanced PHY modulation techniques.

Nagel Lends Palm a Hand

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Former AT&T Corp. executive David Nagel has joined Palm Inc. as president and CEO of the company's newly-formed operating system division. Nagel, who has been a Palm board member since February 2000, most recently was chief technology officer and president of AT&T Labs. In his new role, Nagel will spearhead efforts to improve the capabilities of Palm's handheld computer platform, whic...


Cracks Form in Riverstone-Tellabs Relationship

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A once promising relationship has made an ugly turn for the litigious. In dueling lawsuits, Riverstone Networks Inc. last month said it had filed a complaint against Tellabs Inc., claiming that Tellabs failed to fulfill obligations connected to a strategic alliance between the companies. The complaint, filed in the Superior Court of California in Santa Clara County, alleged that Tellabs faile...

Canal+ Elevates David Moss

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Conditional access and ITV software vendor Canal+ Technologies Inc. has elevated David Moss to chief executive officer, claiming the move confirms its commitment to the U.S. market. Moss joined the company last year as its senior vice president of sales. Moss, a former Motorola Broadband Communication Sector and General Instrument Corp.

Arris to Resell Ceon Provisioning Suite

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Arris Group Inc. has agreed to resell Ceon Corp.'s "It's On" software application suite, which provisions broadband service elements such as order management and activation. Arris said it will add Ceon's software to its "Cornerstone Cable Provisioning System 2000" and "Arris Subscriber Management Solution" products, which handle provisioning of voice and data services.

Microsoft, Chyron Forge iTV Player

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Expanding on a previous relationship, Microsoft Corp. and Chyron Corp. have launched the "Metaplayer," a software-based tool designed to help broadcasters and cable operators manage and deliver ATVEF-based triggers for iTV applications running over the Microsoft TV platform. The companies said the player could manage "millions" of hyperlinks instantaneously using Simple Object Access Protocol ...

Sweet Digital Returns

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Arris Group Inc. said Insight Communications Co. Inc. will be the first cable operator to deploy its new 2.5 Gigahertz digital return transmitter, a technology designed to lower costs by minimizing the number of active elements on a cable network. Insight initially will deploy the technology in Louisville, Ky.


Charter to buy HSA assets for $81.1 M cash

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. will acquire assets of High Speed Access Corp. for $81.1 million in cash, the two agreed. Charter had bid $73 million July 31, when HSA said it would consider the offer. Under the deal, Charter also will assist HSA's management through the process. The agreement says Charter will buy substantially all of the assets used by HSA to service Charter's high-speed data cus...

Adelphia/TVN plan content via satellite to fiber

September 27, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Adelphia Communications Corp. struck a five-year deal with TVN Entertainment Corp. making TVN primary content transport provider and VOD content provider for Adelphia's systems. As part of the deal, Adelphia will invest an undisclosed amount of equity in TVN. An Adelphia representative would not comment beyond content of a written statement from TVN, and referred all phone calls to financial re...


Terayon's 1.1 modem targets DOCSIS 2.0 market

September 27, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Terayon Communication Systems Inc. says its TJ615 cable modem will be available in this year's fourth quarter. Deployable as a certified DOCSIS 1.0 modem, it's also DOCSIS 1.1-based and includes OpenPhy, Terayon's S-CDMA and A-TDMA technologies. Terayon says plans include enabling cable operators to get the increased upstream performance of DOCSIS 2.

Four vendors first to pass tough DOCSIS 1.1 test

September 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Widening the door for advanced cable-based services and applications such as packetized voice, two cable modem manufacturers and two cable termination system vendors today became the first to pass CableLabs' test for the DOCSIS 1.1 specification. Following a revamped effort for automated testing routines and an "ongoing" wave of DOCSIS 1.

Com21 lands grant to develop ComUnity

September 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Com21 Inc. won a grant to help develop its ComPORT modem, which is designed to operate in an enlarged return path. The grant, funded by the European Union and administered by IDA Ireland, will support work at Com21's European Development Centre in Cork, Ireland. The grant amount was undisclosed, says Com21 VP of Engineering Charles Cheevers, from his office in Cork.

NCTI changes name to … NCTI

September 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

So what's in a name, especially when everyone but you is using the new one? National Cable Television Institute officially changed its name to the less formidable NCTI acronym, expanded its curriculum and launched a new logo. The name change lets the school move beyond the cable TV world, but, "We also realized that most of our clients and students know us and refer to us simply as NCTI," says ...

The Cable Center to induct seven hall-of-famers

September 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Denver-based The Cable Center announced the seven industry people who will be inducted into The Cable Television Hall of Fame. Official induction will occur at November's Western Show in Anaheim, Calif. The seven will be honored for achievements that made significant contributions to the cable industry's growth and development and to those served by cable TV, says center spokesman Doyle Albee.


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