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WorldGate shuffles staff, makes cuts

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

To ensure WorldGate has enough cash to fund itself through at least the next four quarters, the company is making some changes. WorldGate said it is taking steps to get its priorities in line. First, the company will transfer some of its employees to TVGateway LLC, its joint venture with Adelphia Communications Corp.

FreeZone debuts in San Diego

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

Ready to see if "free" on-demand will drive and retain digital subscribers, Cox Communications Inc. has launched its advertising-supported video-on-demand service in San Diego. The service bowed on channel 997. Dubbed "FreeZone," the service gives digital subscribers on-demand access to a spate of ad-supported content, including short independent films, action sports vignettes and interviews w...

OpenCable adds HD to the mix

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

CableLabs has issued a new OpenCable specification designed to funnel high-definition television programming through advanced digital set-tops and other OpenCable-based devices or "hosts." OpenCable is a CableLabs initiative that aims to create the technical pieces necessary to lend "portability" to digital cable set-tops and, consequently, foster a retail market for the equipment.


UPC looks to Arris for tiering, VoIP

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

Pushing ahead with an advanced cable service plan that includes tiered data and a transition to IP telephony, UnitedGlobalCom has awarded Arris a three-year purchase agreement that covers "all elements" of HFC systems and multiple deployments. More specifically, the deal includes Arris' DOCSIS 1.1- and EuroDOCSIS 1.

Cox to offer HDTV next month in San Diego

September 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jennifer Davies | Comments

Copyright 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune The San Diego Union-Tribune…09/28/2002 From LexisNexis Cox Communications Inc. will launch its high-definition television service in San Diego at the end of next month, providing further momentum for the technology. Starting Oct. 29, Cox cable customers will be able to get high-definition television for programming on HBO, NBC, Showtime and G4, a...

UPC restructures debt

September 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

European cable network operator United Pan-Europe Communications NV has reached an agreement with its creditors to restructure its debt. The deal will give its parent UnitedGlobalCom a minimum 65.5 percent interest in the company. The recapitalization plan calls the elimination of 65 percent of UPC's debt.

Arris, Alopa partner to strengthen telephony position

September 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Arris has inked a reseller agreement with Alopa Networks to boost its ability to deliver its CompleteVoice end-to-end voice and data service program to cable operators. The deal grants Arris the right to resell Alopa's MetaServ provisioning platform. Financial terms were not disclosed. Alopa's MetaServ provisioning platform is designed for small- to mid-size cable operators, and interfaces with...

Cable modem customers pass 10-million mark

September 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The U.S. cable modem customer base will top 10 million at the end of the third quarter 2002, according to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. The milestone "reflects continued steady growth in consumer demand for cable broadband services," said Robert Sachs, NCTA president and CEO.


Convergent dials up cable VoIP strategy

September 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

After toiling away early and quietly on the PacketCable front, Convergent Networks now appears ready to start making some noise about cable-based IP telephony. Founded in 1998, Lowell, Mass.-based Convergent had its cable coming-out party this week with the release of "Cohesion," a PacketCable-based product suite comprised of media gateways, SS7 signaling gateways, tandem proxies and element ma...

Microsoft buys Liquid Audio's intellectual property

September 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Microsoft Corp. has snapped up Liquid Audio Inc.'s patents for cash consideration of $7 million. The streaming media software provider enables music fans to download and purchase digital files off the Internet, but is trying to shift its focus from product development to digital distribution of media to retail.

Liberate posts wider Q1 loss

September 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Interactive software developer Liberate Technologies posted a wider year-over-year first quarter loss. The company cited the weakness in the cable and telecom sectors for the dip. The company reported a net loss of $249.6 million, or $2.35 a share, compared with a year-earlier net loss of $78 million, or 74 cents a share.

Gartner: Cable access gear revenue down

September 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Global revenue for cable access platforms, a sector that includes cable modem termination systems (CMTSs), dropped by more than 9 percent to $181.9 million in the first half of 2002, Gartner Dataquest revealed in a new report ("Cable Broadband Access Platform Shipments Fall as Service Providers Tighten their Belts, 1H2002 Market Share and Forecast 2002-2006").

Companies embrace T-commerce

September 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Attention DirecTV Interactive subscribers: did that commercial for the latest Michelle Branch CD make you feel like you just gotta have it? Well, fret no more, you can shop via your television set on the 24/7 Music Choice interactive channel. DirecTV has partnered with Music Choice to launch the interactive television-commerce channel to enable DirecTV Interactive subscribers to shop for music ...

TVC parent files for Chapter 11

September 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Communications Dynamics Inc. (CDI) is seeking relief from its creditors through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing. CDI subsidiary TVC Communications is included in the filing. The bankruptcy filing includes CDI's domestic subsidiaries. TVC, a distributor of products used to build and maintain cable TV systems, said its cash position augmented by the revenue will will be more than adequa...

SBC blames weak demand, regulations for job cuts

September 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SBC Communications Inc. plans to hand out 11,000 more pink slips by early 2003. The regional Bell says "outmoded regulation" and the ongoing economic telecom slump fueled its decision. Wholesale prices set by regulators are below cost, according to Edward Whitacre, SBC Chairman and CEO. These price structures have enabled competitors to purchase network access at deep discounts, he said.


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