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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Discovery, NDS team on interactive content

February 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Discovery Networks International said it is installing NDS Group 's iRespond technology to fuel a plan that aims to simplify and speed the production and management of interactive content. iRespond, the flagship product of NDS's Value@TV Production suite, is a server-based authoring tool that can handle content intended for various broadcast platforms.

Bailey joins Wegener board

February 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wegener Corp. has named TV and telecom veteran Wendell Bailey to its board of directors. Bailey, most recently the chief technologist for NBC, served for 16 years at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in positions such as vice president, science and technology. Bailey "can provide key guidance as we look to further grow the company's business in today's digital broadcast an...

WildBlue chooses Arianespace for boost

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Revived Ka-band satellite broadband service provider WildBlue Communications has taken one more step toward deployment by penning a new launch contract with Arianespace. Ariane is scheduled to launch the WildBlue 1 satellite from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in early 2005.

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Core, Jungo bow CableHome-based software combo

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Core Networks and Jungo Software Technologies have teamed to create a software combination designed to adhere to the CableLabs CableHome home networking specification. Under terms of the relationship, Core will fuse its CoreEnsemble home networking device management system with Jungo's OpenRG residential gateway software platform.

Comcast introduces high-definition TV, video-on-demand

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Peter J. Howe | Comments

Copyright 2003 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2003 Boston Globe Boston Globe...02/18/2003 Three months after completing its $45 billion acquisition of AT&T Broadband, Comcast Corp. this week plans to start putting its own brand on the dominant cable provider and is beginning to roll out two service innovations: video-on-demand and delivery of high-definition television signal...

Charter gets its own salesforce

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Charter Business Networks, the business and commercial services arm of Charter Communications Inc., has standardized on salesforce.com 's Enterprise Edition for online customer relationship management. Now, nearly 300 management, sales, construction, installation, engineering, billing administration and customer service users can access, track and share customer data online or off, from any loc...

ICTV, Mentis team on TV-based customer care

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

ICTV Inc. and Mentis Broadband Solutions will jointly develop a television-based customer care platform for cable operators. The companies will combine ICTV's new HeadendWare platform with Mentis' XML-based Real-Time Response platform, which provides a common software interface between applications and the various billing systems in use by cable operators.

IEEE group greenlights 802.11g draft

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 Working Group late last week approved P802.11g, a wireless LAN protocol standard that extends the theoretical data rate of 802.11b gear from 11 Mbps to a more robust 54 Mbps. "By extending the IEEE 802.11b PHY to 54 Mbps, IEEE 802.11g will create data-rate parity at 2.

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Gemstar to supply IPGs for Philips TVs and DVD recorders

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Royal Philips Electronics said it has inked a deal to license Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. 's interactive program guide (IPG) technology in consumer electronics products such as recordable DVD players and digital televisions. Under terms of the deal, Philips expects to launch its first products with the Gemstar IPG in mid-2003 in North America and Europe, but plans to initially release i...

Broadband Physics says new modulation scheme widens downstream pipes

February 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Broadband Physics Inc. (formerly Rainmaker Technologies) has unveiled what it calls a new "last mile" modulation scheme that can expand broadband downstream paths by as much as six-fold. The technology, dubbed Sub-band Division Multiplexing (SDM), is designed to turn a 30 Mbps pipe into a 180 Mbps pipe for essentially the same cost, said company CEO Mark Laubach.

DTV bill expected in spring, Tauzin aide says

February 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Terry Lane | Comments

Copyright 2003 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily...02/14/2003 Revised version of House Commerce Committee Chmn. Tauzin's DTV bill is likely to be ready by spring, said Linda Bloss-Baumand, House Commerce Committee counsel in teleconference sponsored by Communications Daily. Bloss-Baumand said Tauzin would introduce bill following revisions, and it was too early to speculate what chan...

SCTE teams up for distance learning courses

February 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has partnered with the New Jersey Institute of Technology and AM Communications to offer five distance learning courses designed for cable students and telecom professionals. The courses, available March 1, will be produced and administered by NJIT, an accredited public technology research university based in Newark.

Earnings roundup: Rogers, ADDvantage Technologies

February 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Canada's Rogers Communications Inc. said its cable unit generated $422.4 million in operating revenue during the fourth quarter, up 13.6 percent from $371.8 million in the year-ago period. For the full year 2002, Rogers' cable division realized revenues of $1.59 billion, up 11.4 percent from $1.43 billion for all of 2001.

Forecast: Primary analog TV homes to drop 24 percent by '08

February 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

A surge of digital television services offered via satellite, cable and terrestrial operators will cause the number of homes that use analog terrestrial broadcasting as their primary TV service to drop 24 percent to 455 million by 2008. About 597 million homes leveraged analog broadcasting as their primary TV service last year.

Tollgrade snares Acterna's 'Cheetah' line for $14.3M

February 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Tollgrade Communications struck a deal to buy Acterna's Status and Performance Monitoring product line for $14.3 million in cash, plus certain liabilities. Those liabilities include a contingent payment, based on 2003 performance targets, to Acterna of up to $2.4 million. As part of the deal, Acterna said it will move 47 employees — mostly engineers and technicians — to Tollgrade, b...

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