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

Hughes Q4 profits boosted by EchoStar fee

January 14, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Satellite provider Hughes Electronics, whose DirecTV direct broadcast satellite service was the prize in a failed acquisition bid by rival EchoStar Communications last year, today posted a fourth-quarter profit against a loss for the same time period a year earlier. Hughes announced a profit of $115.

Powell says FCC plans no radical changes for media ownership limits

January 14, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2003 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network, Inc. The Bulletin's Frontrunner...01/15/2003 Lexis Nexis Reuters (1/14, Sullivan) reports US officials "will probably not radically lift ownership limits on television stations, newspapers and other media when they take up the issue this year, the top telecommunications regulator told Congress on Tuesday.

Singapore operator signs up Nuera for digital voice

January 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The leading cable operator on the Far East island of Singapore, StarHub, is gearing up to roll out a residential digital voice network, and it has tapped VoIP provider Nuera Communications for the voice gateways to be deployed as part of the system. Nuera's ORCA RDT-8v broadband access gateway will be the centerpiece of StarHub's Digital Voice effort-Singapore's first ever voice-over-cable tele...

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Luminous embarks on China expansion

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

After shipping metro optical access systems to a number of major China-based carriers, Luminous Networks will take the plunge and double its staff there over the next 90 days. Tied to that, Luminous also plans to expand its current Shanghai facility by opening an office in Beijing in the first quarter of this year.

Comcast launches online photo service

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

Following a trend that put digital cameras in many a stocking during the 2002 holiday season, Comcast has launched a photo center that provides enough software tools to help "digital shutterbugs" manage their digital photos online. The Comcast Photo Center, in partnership with digital/traditional photo service Snapfish, allows Comcast customers to print, share and store pro-quality photos on th...

HDTV said to be 'big winner' for cable in immediate future

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

Copyright 2003 Warren Publishing, Inc. Warren's Cable Regulation Monitor...01/13/2003 Lexis Nexis Las Vegas—Cable's sudden realization of importance of HDTV to customer retention "was a real head knocker," Cox Cable CEO James Robbins said at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here Jan. 9. "We realized that was where our best customers were going, and we weren't there.

SCTE seeks spring '03 award nominations

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

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers said it is accepting nominations for its annual spring awards, which recognize cable pros and companies for their industry and Society accomplishments. With a deadline of March 3, SCTE is accepting nomination forms in the following categories: Member of the Year: Recognizes the SCTE member who has made the most significant contributions to the o...

SCTE standards also play big role in digital 'plug-and-play' agreement

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Although organizations such as CableLabs and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association played key roles in the recent cable-consumer electronics "plug-and-play" agreement, companies that make gear based on that proposed pact must comply with six Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers standards.

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Case to step down

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

Steve Case, AOL Time Warner's embattled chairman, said he will step down from that post effective at the company's annual shareholders meeting in May, noting that the company does not need "distractions" at this critical point in the company's future. The announcement comes about three years to the day when America Online and Time Warner first announced their merger agreement.

Motorola to buy rest of Next Level

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Motorola Inc. said it plans to make a tender offer for all of the outstanding publicly held shares of subsidiary Next Level Communications, marking a $40 million move that would give Next Level the financial shielding it requires, and provide Motorola with a stronger play in the video-over-copper arena.

Comcast buys a load of Arris C4 CMTSs

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Arris' deal to buy cable modem termination startup Cadant Inc. in November 2001 for roughly $63 million continued to pay dividends this week as Comcast Corp. ordered an additional 50 C4 CMTS chassis to support the MSO's data service deployments. Financial terms were not disclosed. The C4, which currently supports as many as 16 downstreams and 128 upstreams per chassis, can be "field-upgraded" t...

Charter digital customers to get HDNet in two markets

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Anxious cable customers with high-definition television systems are waiting for the amount of available programming to catch up with the technology, and today customers of Charter's High Definition service learned they can expect two new high-definition networks-at least in a couple of select Dallas and southern California Charter markets.

CSG Systems adds customer care through acquisition

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Telecommunications and cable operator billing system provider CSG Systems is adding self care and electronic billing to the mix of products it can offer to operators, through a recent acquisition of Toronto-based developer Davinci Technologies. CSG is specifically eyeing the telecommunications market for customer care and billing with the Davinci acquisition, hoping to address one of the bigges...

OpenTV claims victory in Liberate legalities

January 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Two of the industry's leading interactive television companies — OpenTV Corp. and Liberate Technologies — have been slugging it out in court over patents, and late Thursday, a judge hearing the various patent infringement cases between the two made a significant ruling in OpenTV's favor. A judge in the U.

CableLabs adds HD to Go2Broadband

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

CableLabs, aiming to give cable operators a retail boost with high-definition television in much the same way it has with high-speed data, said this week that it will add HDTV support to its Go2Broadband service locator. The HD version will identify which cable markets offer HD content and/or digital services, including service tiers, programming lineups and pricing information.

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