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

Cablevision pushes the digital envelope

November 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Following a recent decision to add Scientific-Atlanta Inc. headends and set-tops to its digital mix, Cablevision Systems Corp. said it will activate nearly 1 million new digital homes and pass more than 3.3 million households with its iO: Interactive Optimum digital service by the end of November. The MSO said it will reach that figure after completing more than 750,000 activations during the m...

TechTV closes some bureaus

November 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

TechTV said it will shut down its New York, Seattle and Silicon Valley bureaus, a restructuring effort that will include the elimination of 19 positions. The network, available in more than 35 million U.S. households, said its San Francisco and Washington, D.C. bureaus will continue operation. The network said the reduction in bureaus was tied to a decision to cut back on the amount of programm...

Study ties TV viewing to technology ownership

November 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Does what you watch say something about how technologically savvy you are? A new study says it does. Knowledge Networks/SRI, through the culling of survey data for the group's Home Technology Monitor, compares media technology "profiles" for regular viewers of 31 major television networks. The analysis came up with two sets of findings based on research from all TV households and "Cable-plus" h...

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CEA and Cable poised to submit DTV interoperability standards

November 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Mark Seavy | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…11/05/2002 CE and cable industries are expected to submit proposed DTV interoperability standards to FCC Fri., setting stage for introduction of first sets with POD (point of development) modules by late 2003, industry sources said. Assuming FCC adopts proposed standards, details of which weren't available at our deadline Mon.

Cablevision sells Bravo to NBC

November 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. 's decision to sell off Bravo to NBC for $1.25 billion should address worries about the MSO's debt load, according to one analysis. Salomon Smith Barney, in a research note, said the deal is positive for Cablevision because it would be "significantly accretive" for the MSO and that it should "largely address concerns about [Cablevision's] funding gap.

Study: Homes getting smarter, although protocols vary

November 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

We've been promised the emergence of the "smart" home for the past couple of years-our cell phones were going to be able to turn on our lights, hot tubs and ovens with the flick of a switch-but the existence of a variety of protocols has hampered smart home growth into the mass market, according to a new study from InStat/MDR.

Mediacom reports higher revenue, operating cash flow

November 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Mediacom Communications Corp. said pro forma 3Q revenues rose 10.8 percent to $233.7 million, and operating cash flow jumped 17.2 percent to $97.5 million. The company partly attributed the gains to basic rate increases, digital re-packaging, growth in its high-speed data operations and "moderate" corporate overhead reductions.

CSG makes nice, withdraws action against Comcast

November 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Customer care and billing system provider CSG Systems announced today that it voluntarily withdrew a complaint it filed in June against Comcast Corp. Specifically, the complaint alleged that Comcast interfered with a long-term contract signed between CSG and AT&T Broadband. AT&T Broadband is slated to close its merger with Comcast later this month.

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AOL beams IM aboard the Enterprise

November 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

America Online hopes to translate its wildly successful residential Instant Messenger service to the business world with the launch of Enterprise AIM Services, a suite of business-class solutions that increase the value and manageability of AOL Instant Messenger within organizations. Along with all of the functionality of the publicly available AOL Instant Messenger software, Enterprise AIM Ser...

S-A claims another Gemstar victory

November 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Following up on earlier wins involving its electronic program guide for digital cable set-tops, Scientific-Atlanta Inc. said Monday that a judge has found that the company's Explorer 3000 and Explorer 8600x boxes don't infringe on two Gemstar-TV Guide International patents. Those patents (5,508,815 and 5,568,272) both involve the schedule display system for video recorder programming.

DOCSIS shipments rise slightly in Q3

November 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Thanks to increased demand in North America that offset weakness in international markets, global DOCSIS cable modem shipments rose 3.6 percent in the third quarter to 2.6 million units, Kinetic Strategies Inc. revealed in the November issue of Cable Datacom News. In North America, DOCSIS unit shipments gained 8.

Cable-based VOD revenue to hit $2.8B in '06

November 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Thanks in part to deeper service penetration and access to a wider swath on content, cable-based video-on-demand revenue will rise to $2.8 billion in 2006, the Yankee Group forecasts. Despite that upward trend, cable operators must complement their technology commitment with one of marketing and customer education, the research firm added.

Charter's Pillai named 'Young Engineer of the Year'

November 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Pragash Pillai, senior engineer of digital video technologies for Charter Communications Inc., has been named the 2003 Young Engineer of the Year. The award — sponsored by Pace Micro Technology, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and CED sister publication Multichannel News- recognizes engineers under the age of 30 for their contributions to the cable industry.

ICTV's 'HeadendWare' makes some headway

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

Canada-based Access Communications has stepped up to become the first cable operator to deploy HeadendWare, ICTV Inc.'s new headend-based digital interactive-television platform. HeadendWare, introduced by ICTV in April, is marked for broadband networks populated by "thin-client" digital boxes. Access said it will tap the platform to offer a number of interactive applications, including TV-bas...

BigBand's latest app offers digital Rx

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

BigBand Networks has launched a self-healing redundancy platform for digital cable services and has landed AT&T Broadband as the first customer for the new product. Leveraging Gigabit Ethernet technology, the platform is designed to increase cable network reliability by enabling an alternative headend to immediately restore digital video to subscribers, if the primary headend fails.

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