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Court approves Williams' reorg plan

October 1, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

After six-months in Chapter 11 proceedings, Williams Communications Group Inc. says the pieces of its reorganization plan are falling into place and expects to emerge from bankruptcy this month. The US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved the reorganization plan which will give unsecured creditors a 54 percent equity stake in the company.

SCTE seeks '03 Expo workshop proposals

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) said it is accepting proposals for technical workshops that will be held during the 2003 Cable-Tec Expo, slated for May 11-14 in Philadelphia, Pa. SCTE said the Expo subcommittee will consider papers on any topic, but will give preference to those covering subjects such as advanced services deployment, support of enhanced/narrowcast servi...

New pacts put AOL's broadband efforts into high gear

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

America Online shifted its high-speed efforts into overdrive this summer after two separate pacts were signed that will give the ISP a clearer path into additional DSL and cable markets. For one, AOL Broadband will benefit from the unwinding of the AOL Time Warner and AT&T Corp. Time Warner Entertainment partnership.


Qwest president in e-mail: "I will take the fall" for deal; House panel is puzzled by the message(2)

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…10/01/2002 From LexisNexis The president of Qwest Communications International Inc. agreed to "take the fall" for a potentially risky deal the company pushed to finalize in June 2000 in order to meet Wall Street expectations, according to documents released Monday by congressional investigators.

Microtune, Broadcom set for fall showdown

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Microtune Inc. applauded the results of a recent Markman hearing that paved the way for a patent infringement case the company has brought against silicon tuner rival Broadcom Corp. In that case, set to go to trial Oct. 7 in Sherman, Texas, Microtune has alleged that Broadcom's BCM 3415 microchip infringed on Microtune's "Highly integrated television tuner on a single microcircuit" patent (No.

DBS to disclose SVOD hard drive requirements

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

EchoStar Communications Corp. and DirecTV Inc. will be upfront about how much set-top hard drive space customers will have to give up in order to enjoy subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services offered via satellite. That full disclosure is important because the current DBS architecture isn't capable of offering two-way VOD over a network like cable does, but instead is reliant on a fixed a...

MidStream raises $26M

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fledgling video server company MidStream Technologies raised $26 million in a third round of funding led by Canaan Venture Partners. With the latest round, Bellevue, Wash.-based MidStream has raised a total of $48 million–enough for a fully-funded business plan, said company President and CEO Ed Huguez.

Cablevision thinks outside the (Sony) box

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. has inked a deal to deploy Scientific-Atlanta Inc. digital set-tops and headend gear in support of the MSO's ambitious digital cable service, iO: Interactive Optimum. Financial terms were not disclosed. Cablevision said it will purchase an undisclosed number of S-A digital boxes, including the Explorer 4200, which will become available later this year.


Movielink preps for December launch

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Movielink, a broadband-based video-on-demand service that could sap some VOD and pay-per-view revenues from cable operators, is set to launch this December. The service, a joint venture of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Studios and Warner Bros.

Charter bows Mag Rack

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Charter Communications has inked a multi-year deal to offer Mag Rack programming to its VOD-enabled digital subs, becoming the latest MSO to test the virtues of "free" on-demand content. Charter initially rolled out Mag Rack on Sept. 15 in four markets: St. Louis, Mo.; Fort Worth, Texas; Greenville/Spartanburg, S.

Here comes the portable DVR

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

You've heard of the Pocket PC. Now get ready for the pocket DVR. SonicBlue Inc. and chip giant Intel Corp. are collaborating on the development of a new digital video recorder that people can use on the go. Available in 2003, the pocket-sized device will allow users to view time-shifted programs transferred from their stand-alone ReplayTV box, as well as play video, audio and photos transferred...

U.K. firm tests electric broadband

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A "shocking" development appears to be popping up in parts of Europe these days. Perhaps taking broadband to a more literal "lightning fast" level, Scottish Hydro-Electric is testing a powerline-based broadband service in the towns of Crieff and Campbeltown, charging about 25 pounds sterling per month (about $39 U.

SeaChange taking over where Diva left off

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

SeaChange International Inc. has added two new MSOs to its list of VOD customers, thanks in part to the demise of Diva Systems Corp. In the wake of Diva's bankruptcy earlier this year, SeaChange secured deals with Insight Communications and AT&T Broadband. Insight currently offers VOD in 10 markets, while AT&T Broadband has made it available in parts of two cities–Atlanta and Los ...

CSG snaps up IBM billing technology

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CSG Systems broadened its technology portfolio this summer when it picked up IBM's Integrated Customer Management System (ICMS) for customer care and billing for an undisclosed sum. The ICMS presently serves operators and other companies linked to the cable, mobile and wireline tele-phony sectors. Under terms of the deal, IBM and CSG will collaborate on outsourcing opportunities that require ...

BigBand lands Cox HD deployments

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cox Communications Inc. has tapped BigBand Networks Inc. to support the MSO's rollout of high definition television in several markets later this year. Initially, Cox will use BigBand's Broadband Multimedia Service Router (BMR) in Las Vegas, Nev. and Phoenix, Ariz. Cox said the gear will help the operator reduce costs and better allocate and manage its available bandwidth without expensive sys...


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