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

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.

Baseball to lead-off ESPN HD

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

ESPN is gearing up to offer a variety of professional and collegiate sports programming in high-definition in the year ahead, and this week the sports programmer released a preliminary schedule of what viewers can expect to see in the new, crisper format. ESPN will lead-off its new HD channel March 30 by running a Major League Baseball game featuring the Texas Rangers at the world champion Anah...

IPO Nears for Time Warner Cable; Offering seen in 2nd quarter, would follow big losses at AOL

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

Copyright 2003 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)...01/10/2003 BLOOMBERG NEWS Lexis Nexis AOL Time Warner Inc. chief financial officer Wayne Pace said yesterday the largest media company's planned initial public offering of its cable unit will likely take place in the second quarter. AOL Time Warner can probably raise $2 billion to $4 billion through an IPO of Time Warner Cable, said Michael ...

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Celox ends operations in Southborough, Mass.

January 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jerri Stroud | Comments

Copyright 2003 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2003 St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis Post-Dispatch...01/10/2003 Lexis Nexis Celox Networks Inc., the first graduate of the Center for Emerging Technologies in St. Louis, has shut its doors in Southborough, Mass., another victim of the downturn in the telecommunications industry.

EchoStar raises dish rates

January 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Harry Berkowitz | Comments

Copyright 2003 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)...01/10/2003 Lexis Nexis Just one month after its planned merger with DirecTV fell through, EchoStar Communications announced yesterday that it is raising basic rates for its Dish Network satellite TV service by $2 per month. EchoStar chairman Charlie Ergen had said the merger's collapse, which was blocked by federal regulators, would lead to ...

Embattled CSG lands eBay for billing

January 8, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Though much of the news coming out of billing systems provider CSG Systems lately has focused more on legal tussles with both AT&T Broadband and its suitor, Comcast Corp., the company made a more positive impact this week after landing Internet auction giant eBay as a customer for its electronic invoice billing system.

EchoStar splashes at CES with HD PVR

January 8, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Cable operators have been talking about integrating personal video recording capabilities into set-tops on their networks, but cable's satellite counterparts are moving forward with the technology. Today, the latest and greatest integrated PVR receiver from EchoStar was given top honors at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

New SONICblue DVD/VCR combo features mini DVR

January 8, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

SONICblue Inc. has unveiled the Go-Video DV6430, calling it the first DVD/VCR combo to add live TV control. Though it won't "time-shift" most programs in their entirety, the approach could give users the TV pause time they need to make a snack or visit the restroom. The device allows users to cache up to 10 minutes of live television, and manipulate that content via pause, rewind and slow-motio...

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Charter extends MSN alliance

January 8, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. said it has extended an agreement to promote and market a co-branded version of Microsoft Corp.'s MSN 8 Internet service. Financial terms were not disclosed. From a previous deal, Charter and MSN have developed and launched a co-branded portal, which is used as the home page for the MSO's high-speed cable modem customers.

TiVo makes new play in high-tech living room

January 8, 2003 7:00 pm | by Sam Diaz | Comments

Copyright 2003 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service San Jose Mercury News...01/09/2003 Lexis Nexis TiVo makes a move to take the lead in the battle to control the high-tech living room as it announces Thursday a handful of new services at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Charter the first MSO to sign Sony 'Passage' license

January 8, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. on Thursday became the first MSO to sign a license for "Passage," a conditional access (CA) technology from Sony Corp. that aims to loosen Motorola Broadband's and Scientific-Atlanta's grip on the digital cable set-top market. Charter said it plans to use Passage to allow set-tops, network and headend equipment from various companies to work together on its legacy di...

Roberts lauds the potential of 'Passage'

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

A new conditional access (CA) scheme hatched by Sony Corp. at the 2002 Western Show, if it works as advertised, could help cable operators break a set-top duopoly long held by Motorola Broadband and Scientific-Atlanta, Comcast Corp. President Brian Roberts said Tuesday at a Salomon Smith Barney conference in La Quinta, Calif.

Study: Internet access devices on the rise

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

The Internet continues to proliferate, but so far, the number of Internet-enabled devices remains limited to basic laptops and PCs and some early Internet-ready phones. But according to a new study from researcher In-Stat/MDR (a sister company to CED), we're on the cusp of a movement that will see a bevy of new Internet-ready devices come online in the near future.

Ratner named Cablevision vice chairman

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

Cablevision Systems Corp. has appointed Hank Ratner to vice chairman. Most recently Ratner, 43, served as vice chairman of Rainbow Media Holdings Inc., Cablevision's programming arm. In his new role, Ratner will expand his duties to Cablevision's divisions, report to company President and CEO James Dolan and collaborate with Dolan on the company's overall planning and development.

NCTA: Cable offers HD in more than 90 U.S. markets

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

With this year's Consumer Electronics Show set to kick off Thursday, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association sent out a reminder that the cable industry is playing a starring role in the development and adoption of high-definition television. Citing cable company reports, NCTA said cable systems serving roughly one-third of U.

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