Big daddy Microsoft has finally priced its new TV-based product so the must-haves among us can price it into our consumer spending/debt budgets. For only $9.95 a month, all suburbanites, and some urbane wannabes, can subscribe to UltimateTV and receive 35 hours of digital video recording, interactive TV and three hours of Internet access.
Good news for you if you are part of the SOHO community. Panasonic has introduced its new Broadband Networking Gateway, which creates a network that can connect up to 32 computers in the SOHO environment, as well as adding high-speed Internet access with firewall protection. Any printers, scanners, programs or files can also be shared on the network.
A new company is emerging from the L.A. basin. Offering voice, video and data to the city of angels, Altrio, a broadband service provider, hopes to do one thing and do it well for its future subscribers. Dave Large, CTO, told CEDaily Direct about the company's vision and goals. "Why L.A.? It's a very big place, and I don't mean that flippantly," Dave Large, CTO of Altrio, told CED.
Oracle, the largest e-business software provider, has exchanged some of its technology and other assets from its iTV division for minority equity stakes in nCUBE and Thirdspace. nCUBE is a media streaming infrastructure supplier and London-based Thirdspace creates end-to-end solutions for broadband networks.
Motorola is teaming up with Irish Internet security company Baltimore Technologies to combine Baltimore's software with the U.S. group's mobile phones and other wireless devices. The two companies hope the alliance will help Motorola's customers worldwide to benefit from the security and authentication features provided by Baltimore's wireless e-security technology.
A Japanese consortium of four companies has decided to bring broadband network services to the masses via cable TV. Fujitsu, trading house Marubeni, Tokyo Electric Power and security company Secom have thrown in $295.7 million and plan to start delivering services in April, 2001. The group will make good use of Nifty Corp, the largest ISP in Japan, and owned by Fujitsu, as well as the optical f...
Pace is the first to develop digital set-top boxes (home gateways) that will assist telecommunications companies in the U.S. to deliver high-quality video and interactive services over their existing copper wires. This is the first time a box with these capabilities has been available in the U.S. Pace's new DSL4000 digital home gateway is now compatible with the U.
A Comcast and Disney programming dispute could lead to a blackout of ABC for some major U.S. markets, and actually cause subscribers to use rabbit ears if they want to tune in their favorite "Millionaire" show. In retransmission negotiations, Disney, who owns ABC, wants Comcast, the third-largest cable company, to offer ToonDisney and SoapNet in addition to the Disney Channel to basic service s...
In addition to meeting the Street's expectations of increased profits, WorldCom plans to reinvent itself as a "data and Internet focused, high-growth business and a voice-based, high cash flow business." WorldCom's plan to evolve into this new entity will focus on its data and Internet operations and try to protect itself from price wars and competition in the long-distance market.
AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast and Time Warner cable companies have teamed up to offer 1.6 million of their subscribers in various markets gist.com's customized program listings. Subs in Boston, south New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Milwaukee will be able to log on to gist.com to get system-specific local TV schedules.
The National Football League, Fantastic Entertainment and GlobalMedia.com have formed an alliance to carry American football around the globe. Subscribers in yet to-be-announced markets will be able to watch NFL teams battle it out on their TVs, PCs or wireless device of any type with an IP connection.
Motorola technology will be calling the programming delivery shots for ESPN. Motorola's DigiCipher II Uplink digital compression and access control system will digitally compress ESPN programming for delivery to its affiliates. On the receiving end, ESPN has also chosen to use the DigiCipher II Integrated Receiver/Decoder to decode the signals.
RespondTV has lined up deals with both OpenTV and WorldGate to integrate RespondTV's enhanced TV applications into the two companies' interactive television platforms. In the case of WorldGate, RespondTV will give cable subscribers greater interactivity using digital set-top boxes already deployed. Subs will also get RespondTV content, from programmers and advertisers like Bloomberg, HGTV and S...
Actiontec and Texas Instruments are supplying consumers with the first USB DSL modem available in retail stores. The Actiontec Home DSL modem, based on TI's DSP technology, is an "easy-to-use," turnkey package for users who want faster Internet access. The kit contains everything users need to install DSL themselves.
Radix Wireless has joined the IEEE, WCA and TIA to get its two cents in about the new broadband wireless industry standards and new regulations. The three different organizations offer varying voices on the wide spectrum of subjects covering the broadband standards debate. This topic is heating up after President Clinton and the FCC announced the need to expand the wireless spectrum available f...