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UnitedGlobalCom taps Arris

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

UnitedGlobalCom has looked into its crystal ball and sees a future transition to advanced telephony service over IP, and is turning to Arris to make that vision a reality. As part of the three-year deal, Arris will supply UnitedGlobalCom with headend systems, including the Cornerstone Voice system, the DOCSIS 1.

Covad, AOL forge broadband deal

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Shares of Covad Communications soared, up more than 20 percent in early trading, following news that the DSL carrier signed a five-year broadband deal with America Online. As part of the deal, America Online, the Internet unit of AOL Time Warner Inc., will have access to Covad's nationwide DSL network by purchasing DSL services at wholesale.

Tellabs warns, cuts jobs

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Telecom gear maker Tellabs Inc. has put analysts on notice, warning that it will fall below expectations and post a third-quarter loss. Along with the warning, the company said it will eliminate 14.5 percent of its work force. Tellabs' North American customers continue to tighten their belts, and as a result, the company expects sales to fall between 15 percent and 25 percent lower than the sec...


Gates woos Hollywood with Windows Media 9

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In typical Bill Gates fashion, the Microsoft Corp. front man was working the crowd at the Hollywood and Highlands Complex yesterday when he unveiled the beta version of Windows Media Player 9 Series. Gates had James Cameron and LL Cool J at his side while he demonstrated the software giant's latest introduction into the audio and video streaming sector, the Windows Media Player 9 Series.

Charter considers sale of rural systems

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jerri Stroud | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis Post-Dispatch…09/05/2002 From LexisNexis Charter Communications Inc.'s top priority is getting more cash coming in than going out, a position it probably won't reach until 2004, says Carl E. Vogel, the company's chairman and chief executive.

nCUBE to relocate Denver office to Oregon HQ

September 4, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

nCUBE Corp. will become the latest company involved in the cable industry to leave the Denver area later this year when the video-on-demand and ad insertion vendor relocates its Louisville office to Beaverton, Ore., the site of nCUBE headquarters. An nCUBE spokeswoman said the company's lease in Louisville was set to expire in January and that more office space became available at nCUBE's Beave...

Charter signs content deals for Rhapsody, Mag Rack

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. has been wheeling and dealing to beef up the content offering for its residential broadband customers. The latest: the MSO has inked entertainment deals with and Rainbow Media Holdings Inc. The deal with will enable Charter to offer its more than 900,000 residential broadband customers access to the Rhapsody subscription-based digital music serv...

Nortel lands $19.8 million order

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by CP | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…09/04/2002 From LexisNexis Nortel Networks has won a $19.8 million ($31 million Canadian) contract to supply fiber-optic systems for a telecom network in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The deal with Chunghwa Telecom will expand the island country's fixed-line telecom broadband services, Nortel said.


Kanakaris Wireless goes shopping for funds

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Kanakaris Wireless has signed a letter-of-intent for financing of as much as $3 million. Of the $3 million in potential financing from New York-based investment funds, the company expects to close on $600,000 of the investment in the near future, although no specific timetable was revealed. Once secured, the funds will be used to support the company's content distribution and video distribution...

Gemstar loses a round in Atlanta

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

When it rains it pours, and for Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. it looks like a flood may be on the way. The interactive programming guide developer has lost another court battle. On Friday, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ruled that Scientific-Atlanta Inc., Pioneer North America Inc.

TWC signs up more ISP partners

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Three more regional ISPs have signed up to offer their competing broadband service over Time Warner Cable systems in select markets. Athenet has launched its ACES high-speed cable access service in Green Bay, Wis. The service is available to the 150,000 customers in this TWC division. Later this month, Athenet will make its service available to the 418,000 customers in Milwaukee.

EarthLink seeks deals to use cable firms' lines

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Bloomberg News | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…09/04/2002 From LexisNexis EarthLink Inc., the third-largest US Web access service, is negotiating with Cablevision Systems Corp., Adelphia Communications Corp. and other cable TV companies to sell Internet service over their lines. Chief Executive Garry Betty said he hopes to announce agreements by year-end.

Maxtor's not the only hard drive supplier for S-A's Explorer 8000

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Maxtor Corp. hyped itself Wednesday, announcing that Scientific-Atlanta Inc. has selected its 80 gigabyte QuickView hard drives for the Explorer 8000, an advanced cable set-top that sports on-board digital video recording capabilities. What the hard drive maker failed to mention is that Maxtor is one of three approved suppliers for the Explorer 8000, which has won deployment with Time Warner Ca...

Stake on Liberty plate

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Ed Meza | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…09/03/2002 From LexisNexis BERLIN — U.S. cable group Liberty Media Corp. is reportedly offering rival Callahan Assn. e1.5 billion ($1.47 billion) for its majority stake in bankrupt Callahan NRW, the regional cable company in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Microsoft, PacketVideo climb into bed

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Rivals Microsoft Corp. and PacketVideo are calling a truce to further the deployment of rich audio and video content to next-generation wireless phones and devices. Although financial terms of the companies' new deal were not disclosed, PacketVideo will use Microsoft's digital media delivery format, dubbed Windows Media 9 Series, in its PacketVideo pv3 Mobilemedia System.


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