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iVast, Sigma Designs plot plans for MPEG-4-capable set-tops

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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.

Time Warner picks BroadJump for multi-ISPs

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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 taps Exent for on-demand games

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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.


Ericsson unloads cable modem business

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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.

Comcast to grade Cedar Point in the lab

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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...

Broadband users reaching lofty levels

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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.

Your idea could be worth $10,000!

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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.

G4 net targets gamers, not iTV

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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.


Broadband dreariness: This too shall pass

December 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Leslie Ellis, Technology Analyst | Comments

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.

Cox picks Support/BroadJump; 360 lands longer deal

December 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Communications picked the Broadband Resolution Suite, a product developed jointly by Inc. and BroadJump Inc. The purchase lets Cox subscribers use point-and-click self-service capabilities with an assisted service, starting with installation. The company has more than 780,000 cable modem subscribers.


Study: PPV to propel VOD

December 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Dire warnings for VOD vendors. It's not the video rental or box office markets that will fund the service, a Jupiter Media Metrix study says. Instead, VOD revenue will come primarily from the pay-per-view audience. And studios, operators, cable networks and the rental market had better adjust or face a faltering iTV advancement.

CableLabs certifies seven for DOCSIS 1.1

December 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs certified seven more DOCSIS 1.1 cable modems, it says today, for a total of nine 1.1-certified cable modems and two qualified CMTSs. The latest wave ended with cable modems from Ambit, Arris, Ericsson, Scientific-Atlanta and Tellabs landing DOCSIS 1.1 certification. Likewise, Toshiba secured certification for one new cable modem and re-certification for another.

Covad officially out of Ch. 11, closes $150 M in funds

December 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Covad Communication broke out the champagne as it officially emerged from bankruptcy today, eliminated $1.4 billion in debt and announced it closed $150 million in deals with SBC Communications. The two moves were highly contingent on each other, and allow the company to forge ahead "basically debt-free" and well-funded, says President and CEO Charles Hoffman.

IDT picks up Winstar for 'incredible deal'

December 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

IDT Corp. confirmed it acquired substantially all of Winstar Communications' assets for $42.5 million via a bid in a bankruptcy court. The company will pay $30 million in cash and $12.5 million in IDT Class B common stock. IDT Chair Howard Jonas in a statement cited Winstar's $5 billion in assets and $200 million annual revenue for his "incredible deal.

Motorola revamp costs 42,900 jobs, saves $865 M in 02

December 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc.'s streamlining plan promises to save $865 million next year but also entails cutting more than 42,000 jobs from its 150,000- person workforce that existed in August 2000. The company is notifying about 9,400 employees their jobs will end within a year. Most cuts will come from the semiconductor products unit, which has manufacturing plants that will be phased out during the next y...


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