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

Rogers losing subscribers

January 6, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2003 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star...01/07/2003 Lexis Nexis Rogers Communications Inc. lost 16,000 basic cable subscribers last year and expects to lose more in 2003, the company said yesterday. Growth will slow in its digital-TV and high-speed Internet businesses and will be little better than flat in wireless telephones, it said.

Study: VOD finally arrives

January 5, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The numbers may be starting to catch up to the hype for video-on-demand as cable operators begin to roll out VOD in dozens of markets throughout the U.S. and Canada, a new study contends. The new research from In-Stat/MDR (which is owned by the same parent as CED) suggests that the cable industry is starting to deliver on its decade-long promise of VOD services and time-shifting capabilities.

LSI Logic silicon combines hard drive, DVD recorder

January 5, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Consumers are becoming increasingly familiar with digital recording capabilities, and the processors driving much of the technology are becoming cheaper and more integrated along the way. LSI Logic Corp. on Monday unveiled another step in the evolution, with the release of what it called the first single-chip hard disk drive (HDD) and DVD recorder processor, dubbed the DiMeNsion 8650 (DMN-8650).

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e-BOX founder dead at 68

January 5, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Dr. Masao Sugimoto, president and founder of MPEG-4 joint venture e-Box Corp., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 22 in Tokyo, Japan. He was 68. Sugimoto spearheaded the development of digital television for Japan's public television network during his time at NHK. Later, at Pioneer Corp., he led the company's DVD developments.

Time Warner Cable taps GigE in more VOD markets

January 5, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Southwest Division has picked nCUBE Corp. for its video-on-demand launches in El Paso and Corpus Christi, Texas, which serve a combined 65,000 digital subscribers. Matching a growing trend, the MSO also has opted to deploy Gigabit Ethernet as its transport platform in those cities instead of traditional methods such as direct QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) and ASI (as...

New funding puts WildBlue's plans back in orbit

January 5, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In case you missed it over the holidays, WildBlue Communications, whose dreams of building a residential broadband satellite service were on the verge of being flushed down the proverbial toilet, might soon find itself flush with cash thanks to a new round of funding. The cash-starved startup on December 23 said several investors, led by Liberty Satellite, Intelsat and the National Rural Teleco...

CES to feel cable's presence

January 5, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In addition to being filled with enough gadgets and gizmos to bring a tear to the eye of the technologist in all of us, the floor of this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas also will be populated by a group of top cable industry executives. The CES confab, already considered a stomping ground for DBS, is quickly morphing into a show that brings out the cable brass and news about cabl...

Arris signs over 'Actives' unit to Scientific-Atlanta

December 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta Inc. has closed a deal to purchase the "Actives" portion of Arris' transmission, optical and outside plant business for $37.5 million. Arris' Actives portion of the business, which generated $44 million in revenue for 2002 as of Sept. 30, includes laser transmitters, optical nodes and RF amplifiers.

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Business Briefs

December 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

nCUBE, Adlink sign pact ANAHEIM, Calif.– nCUBE Corp. has inked a multi-million dollar contract with Adlink, the Los Angeles Digital Cable Interconnect, to deploy the vendor's digital ad insertion system. Adlink is currently expanding its digital ad insertion capability with the goal of making the Los

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Terayon in a modular mood

December 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Taking a "pay as you go" approach to broadband home gateways, Terayon Communication Systems has launched its CMx line of cable modem extension modules, which snap on to the company's TJ 700 series of DOCSIS 2.0 based modems. Among the extensions, Terayon offers modules that support applications such as cable telephony and wireless home networking.

Major IPTV rollouts still on hold

December 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Though some big telcos still have their IPTV rollouts on hold, signs are emerging that the technology may become a big entertainment platform in the second half of the decade, forecasts Strategy Analytics, citing a recent survey. In round numbers, the research firm believes the IPTV market will rise to 20 million subscribers by 2008, led by the Asia-Pacific and European regions.

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Time Warner Cable taps C-COR.net for OSS

December 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Oceanic division is deploying C-COR.net Corp.'s ISM (Integrated Service Management) system's Network Service Manager (NSM), a plug-in software application module designed to enable cable operators to automate and manage their networks and service delivery processes. More specifically, NSM integrates standards-based network management technology with customer care and billin...

Cable modems get a boost in Q3

December 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fueled by a strong showing in North America, worldwide shipments of cable modems totaled more than 3 million units in the third quarter of 2002, a 19.4 percent boost versus the same period last year, Gartner Dataquest reported. The research firm said Motorola Broadband held on to the top slot with 32.

TI pairs up to support CableHome

December 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The stars seem to be aligning in the CableHome world, as residential gateway silicon and software developers continue to join forces. DOCSIS silicon maker Texas Instruments has partnered up with two residential gateway software package developers–Ashley Laurent and Jungo Software Technologies–which provide residential gateway software platforms based on CableLabs' specification for ...

Study: DVRs are here to stay

December 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Digital video recorder technology is hot, and cable operators in particular are warming to the technology on the heels of satellite's introduction of receivers integrated with DVR capability. New projections on the DVR market from IMS Research show that, despite a relatively slow adoption of DVR due to a lack of consumer understanding and high cost, time shifting technologies are still poised t...

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