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Judge freezes Comcast complaint aimed at CSG

February 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A U.S. District Court judge has issued an order to stay a Comcast Corp. complaint filed against billing provider CSG Systems until both sides can issue a status report on their ongoing arbitration. The freeze is the latest skirmish to play out during long battle between Englewood, Colo.-based CSG and AT&T Broadband — which Comcast acquired in November — over a 15-year billing se...

Cablevision adds spam filter, virus protection

February 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp., which ended 2002 with more than 770,000 Optimum Online high-speed data customers, said it will add value to its HSD service with a new set of services that filter spam and protect them from damaging viruses. Cablevision said it is offering the spam filter and e-mail virus protection features at no extra charge.

Kent to take reins of Classic Communications

February 11, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cequel III, an investment firm headed up by cable vet Jerry Kent, has made an investment in Classic Communications and will assume management of the MSO, the 12th-largest in the U.S. Tied to the deal, Cequel said it will relocate Classic's headquarters from Tyler, Texas, to St. Louis, Mo. Kent will serve as Classic's president and CEO.

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Digital bundles drive Cox in Q4

February 11, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Citing strong demand for bundled digital services, Cox Communications reported fourth quarter net income of $179.6 million (28 cents per share), versus a loss of $105.2 million (18 cents per share) in the same period a year ago. The MSO also reported revenues of $1.34 billion, up 18 percent from $1.13 billion.

Comcast to spend $400M on Bay Area upgrade

February 11, 2003 7:00 pm | by Todd Wallack | Comments

Copyright 2003 The Chronicle Publishing Co. The San Francisco Chronicle...02/12/2003 Just months after taking over AT&T Broadband, Comcast Corp. executives have vowed to invest more than $400 million over the next two years in upgrading the Bay Area's aging cable television lines to carry more channels and offer high-speed Internet service throughout the region.

Core launches CableHome partnership program

February 11, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

OSS firm Core Networks has launched CoreDuet, a partnership program designed around the CableHome home networking specification. Core said the program will help the company formalize and foster cooperation between Core and companies that make CableHome-based hardware and software. Under the program, CoreDuet partners will collaborate with Core in product integration, testing, marketing and sales.

In-Stat: Lower costs drove 2002 802.11b shipments

February 11, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cheaper prices and more reliable equipment helped the 802.11b market achieve a stellar year in 2002, In-Stat/MDR reported. In-Stat, a sister company to CED, said it expects 2002 to end up with 11.6 million 802.11b shipments, up 65 percent over last year, while total home network shipments will grow 160 percent to 6.

Cablevision explores options for The Wiz; digital subs rise

February 10, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp., bringing to a close its grand retail plans, said Monday that it will exit the consumer electronics business by the second quarter, and explore options for its remaining 17 The Wiz stores. Possible options include a sale or outright closing of the stores. The move follows Cablevision's decision last year to close 26 unprofitable The Wiz outlets.

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Kasenna bows VOD server line

February 10, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Kasenna Inc., one of a growing number of companies trying to elbow its way into the domestic cable VOD sector, has launched a line of media servers designed for large-scale and smaller system deployments. The servers come pre-configured with Kasenna's MediaBase XMP software and patent-pending "Cluster Manager" software that aims to boost streaming, storage and redundancy elements as required by...

New SeaChange system bolsters VOD content

February 10, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Aiming to add a touch of personalization to video-on-demand, SeaChange International Inc. has launched a new recording system that enables cable operators to offer local news, sports and live events all on-demand. An extension of SeaChange's flagship VOD system, the new capability will allow operators to capture certain broadcast programs and prepare them for on-demand distribution.

Rodgers joins MyDTV as CEO

February 10, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cable veteran James "Bow" Rodgers has joined the board of MyDTV and has taken the reins of the software company as its new CEO. MyDTV founder Gil Dudkiewicz will remain the company's chairman and president. Burlingame, Calif.-based MyDTV provides "personalized" TV services that allow viewers to set preferences and to help them "filter" and navigate digital programming.

SBC may have interest in DirecTV

February 10, 2003 7:00 pm | by Harry Berkowitz | Comments

Copyright 2003 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)...02/11/2003 SBC Communications shares dropped yesterday and those of DirecTV parent Hughes Electronics jumped amid reports that bidding for the nation's biggest satellite TV provider may heat up. Wall Street analysts were skeptical that an acquisition of DirecTV by SBC, which reportedly has held preliminary talks with Hughes, would pay off.

FCC split places telecommunications deregulation on hold

February 10, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2003 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network Inc. The Bulletin's Frontrunner...02/11/2003 The Washington Post (2/11, E1, Stern) reports, "Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael K. Powell's deregulatory agenda has run into stiff opposition from his own colleagues that may force him to postpone a long-awaited vote on issues critical to the future of the telecommunications industry.

ICTV launches IR device, Cedar Point demos CALEA

February 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cedar Point Communications Inc. and ICTV Inc. are the latest vendors to chime in about the demonstrations they will be giving at the CableLabs Winter Conference, which runs today through Wednesday in Broomfield, Colo. ICTV will demonstrate a newly released reference design that pumps interactive applications to "cable-ready" digital TVs without the need for a digital set-top box.

EchoStar bundles with EarthLink

February 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In an effort to shore up its broadband menu, EchoStar Communications Corp. forged a deal with EarthLink Inc. to provide bundled digital subscriber line service to its customers. EchoStar will market the DSL and satellite TV packages through its network of retailers, crediting new EarthLink customers up to $10 per month.

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