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MFN lands $50 M commitment

September 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Metromedia Fiber Network secured another piece of a complex financing puzzle today, with a $50 million commitment letter from an unnamed investor. The letter, for a $50 million convertible debt investment, expires Sept. 17 and is subject to a cyclical set of terms, each dependent on the other. The latest commitment depends on closing the $150 million note facility led by Citicorp; closing the $...


CableLabs announces next-gen DOCSIS spec

September 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Even as the industry awaits DOCSIS 1.1 certification completion (reportedly to occur later this month), CableLabs says it's going forward with an updated DOCSIS spec that features advanced modulation methods — and will call it DOCSIS 2.0. The spec will feature both S-CDMA and A-TDMA modulation, and will allow upstream speeds of 30 Mbps per 6 MHz, with "noise immunity," CableLabs says.

Terayon launches cable task force

September 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Terayon Communications System Inc.'s team of cable troubleshooters is formed and ready to roll. The seven-member Network Solutions Group meets with cable execs to talk service problems; then heads back to Terayon's sales, engineering and other groups to drum up solutions. Spokesman John Giddings says Terayon has developed a team of experts that's available to meet with executives to get an over...


More study stuff

September 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• Optical transport equipment sales will drop 36 percent from $19.6 billion in 2000 to $12.5 billion at the end of 2001, an RHK Inc. study says in its revised figures. The research firm says that, since its last forecast, it did another round of interviews with carriers who account for 95 percent of carrier spending.

Cablevision Selects Harmonic's NSG

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. has selected the Harmonic Narrowcast Services Gateway (NSG) 8100 to support Cablevision's rollout of VOD throughout the New York metro area. The Cablevision launch, scheduled for later this year, will bring interactive services to the U.S.' largest cable system cluster. By reducing the cost-per-stream for delivering VOD, the NSG provides Cablevision a key enabling tec...

Pace Micro Technology Announces Extension of its IPTV Division

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pace Micro Technology plc announced the extension of its Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) division into the U.S. Industry expert Philip Lonigro will head this new team as the director of product management. The new IPTV division, Americas is based in Pace's U.S. headquarters in Boca Raton and serves as an extension of Pace's existing IPTV division, led by Managing Director Andrew Clifforth, based in...

Scientific-Atlanta Receives @Home Approval for WebSTAR Cable Modem

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta's WebSTAR DPX110 cable modem has received @Home level 2 approval from Excite@Home. WebSTAR modems have surpassed the 150,000 unit sales mark with shipments over the past several months in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. @Home Level 2 Approval confirms the successful integration, interoperability and provisioning of WebSTAR DPX110 within the Excite@Home DOCSIS ...

Motorola to Purchase RiverDelta

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola Inc. is buying RiverDelta Networks Inc., in a transaction valued at $300 million, subject to certain adjustments. According to the merger agreement, which is subject to various closing conditions, Motorola will acquire all of RiverDelta Networks' capital stock in exchange for shares of Motorola's common stock.


Verizon Offers Broadband Home Networking

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Builders, developers and new homebuyers in the Boston metro area, including Massachusetts and New Hampshire suburbs, can now purchase in-home broadband networking from Verizon that will enable consumers to take advantage of broadband Internet connections that are available throughout the area. Homebuyers can choose Verizon Ready home networking options up until days before the walls are closed...

Time Warner Adds New Wink Interactive Service to L.A.

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wink Communications Inc.'s Enhanced Broadcasting is being offered as a standard feature for all of Time Warner Communications' digital cable customers in its Los Angeles West Valley region. With this agreement, more than 125,000 analog and digital Time Warner homes in the West Valley region are Wink-enabled.

OpenTV Deployment in Half Moon Bay Features Many iTV Applications

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

OpenTV and USA Media Group are partnering to deploy an indepth interactive TV (iTV) content package available to U.S. cable operators using the Motorola DCT-2000 set-top box. USA Media Group's iTV deployment in Half Moon Bay, Calif. features 29 interactive applications including e-mail, instant messaging, shopping, games, news, weather and sports, all running on the DCT-2000.

Warner Bros., In Demand to Use N2 Broadband MediaPath System

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Warner Bros. Tech Operations and In Demand have each signed agreements to use N2 Broadband's MediaPath system to transmit digital content to cable headends to support the deployment of video-on-demand services. N2 Broadband signed a definitive agreement with Warner Bros. Technical Ops for the purchase of MediaPath digital content delivery systems.

On Command Corp. and USA Today Partner

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

On Command Corp. and "USA Today" are partnering to offer "USA Today" News Center, an interactive television news service, to hotel guests this fall. On Command currently has more than 185,000 interactive rooms, and to date, projects that the "USA Today" News Center will be one of the largest worldwide deployments of interactive TV programming.

IP Cable-Telephony Market to Reach $6.5B

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Although its rollout has taken longer than expected, the worldwide IP cable-telephony market is expected to increase from $1 billion in revenue in 2000 to more than $6.5 billion in 2005, according to a report released by Cahners In-Stat Group. The study, titled "Waiting for IP: Cable Telephony on Hold," also found that worldwide cable-telephony subscribers were expected to climb from 2.

RCN Launches ResiLink Service in New Markets

August 31, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

RCN Corp. recently launched ResiLink bundled communication services in Natick, Mass. and San Francisco's Mission District, giving the residents in both communities a competitive choice in local telephone, cable TV and high-speed cable modem Internet services. New subscribers can choose from four different Resilink bundled pricing plans, which offer various combinations of digital cable TV, ful...


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