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

Cable, CE industry agree on plug-and-play DTV

December 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

It's been rumored for months, and now it's finally here: an agreement between cable operators and the consumer electronics industry on how to offer digital programming over cable lines to current and future digital televisions without the need for a set-top box. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association and the Consumer Electronics Association, which have been ironing out the issu...

Five modems, one CMTS first to get nod for DOCSIS 2.0

December 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Digital television agreements aside, the cable industry reached another significant milestone Thursday when CableLabs announced that five cable modems and one cable modem termination system were awarded passing grades for DOCSIS 2.0 specification following the completion of certification wave 24. On the modem front, CableLabs certified the following vendors and products for DOCSIS 2.

S-A to recognize Cablevision revenue

December 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta said it has inked a supplemental agreement with Cablevision Systems Corp. that will enable to broadband vendor to report revenue for equipment purchased by the MSO's equipment orders. The new agreement stems from a deal signed in Sept. 2002 that made S-A Cablevision's second source for digital set-tops, including the Explorer 4200, and associated headend equipment.

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More gear gets stamped for EuroDOCSIS 1.0, 1.1

December 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

tComLabs and the EuroDOCSIS Certification Board (ECB) put the finishing touches on certification wave 9 and 9B, announcing that more cable modems and cable modem termination systems were given the go ahead on EuroDOCSIS 1.0 and 1.1. On the EuroDOCSIS 1.1 front, ECB said two cable modems—Motorola Broadband's SURFboard SB4200E and Thomson Multimedia's TCM290—were certified, and one CM...

Rogers Cable executive shuffle has tongues wagging

December 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Susan Pigg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…12/19/2002 Lexis Nexis Ted Rogers has stepped aside as chairman of Rogers Cable Inc. to make way for the promotions of his son Edward and long-time chief executive John Tory. The moves "position the company well for the future," said Ted Rogers, president and chief executive officer of Rogers Communications Inc.

Arris guides above estimates, still expects loss

December 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Arris today provided further guidance of its financials for the fourth quarter of 2002, forecasting revenue at or above previous analyst estimates, and anticipating cash earnings per share to be between breakeven and a loss of 8 cents per share. In announcing the company's financial guidance for the quarter, Arris president and CEO Bob Stanzione called the fourth quarter "a period of adjustment...

Vivendi sells back stake in EchoStar

December 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Media conglomerate Vivendi Universal continued to sell off many of the assets it had gained during a short-lived acquisition spree last year, and the company is facing an uncertain future because of it. Today, Vivendi finalized a deal to sell back the stake it holds in EchoStar Communications for a reported $1.

Charter offers Motorola home theater system via retail

December 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications became the latest MSO to push the needle on the retail sale of digital set-tops Wednesday, agreeing to offer Motorola Broadband's DCP501 home theater system in two markets. Charter said it will offer the box — which houses the capabilities of the widely deployed DCT-2000 plus other elements such as an integrated DVD/CD/MP3 player and stereo receiver — to custo...

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FCC data shows similar gains by cable, DSL

December 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

High-speed connections to the Internet continue to grow at a swift pace, and new broadband data released this week by the Federal Communications Commission backs it up. The FCC released summary statistics of its latest data on U.S. deployment of high-speed Internet connections through June 30 of this year, based on information reported by service providers in September.

Results from first wave to test for DOCSIS 2.0, CableHome 1.0 and PacketCable 1.0 to be revealed Thursday

December 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

A bellwether moment could be in store for the cable industry this week, when CableLabs releases results from certification wave 24 — the first to test equipment against three advanced specifications. Results from the current wave — the first to officially test equipment for DOCSIS 2.0, CableHome 1.

CSG forces issue in Comcast lawsuit

December 16, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

A sideshow to the recently completed merger between Comcast Corp. and AT&T Broadband has been the legal wrangling between the new Comcast and billing system provider CSG Systems, which is fighting to keep alive a long-term deal it had forged with AT&T prior to the merger. On Tuesday, CSG filed a motion in U.

Gotuit Media nets $6 million

December 16, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Gotuit Media Corp., an Andover, Mass.-based company that makes software for digital video recorders and video-on-demand applications, said it raised $6 million, led by Highland Capital Partners. The cash infusion marked the first institutional round for the start-up, which has raised just over $8 million so far, a company spokeswoman said.

Cablevision hangs ten with Netsurfer

December 16, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

New York customers who sign up for Cablevision System Corp.'s Optimum Online high-speed Internet service will have an easier time setting up and activating the service because of new software from developer Netsurfer Inc. Cablevision has adopted a new self-provisioning software package from Netsurfer-dubbed Net Guide-to make the set-up process faster and easier for its Optimum Online customers.

FCC authority to impose broadcast flag is debated

December 16, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Warren's Cable Regulation Monitor …12/16/2002 Lexis Nexis There's no strong evidence now that FCC has authority to impose broadcast flag copy protection technology on consumer electronics manufacturers, CEA said in its comments on Commission rulemaking (MB 02-230).

Internet, broadband use up, vidgames flat

December 16, 2002 7:00 pm | by David Bloom | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…12/17/2002 Lexis Nexis A series of just released studies show Internet use continues to climb, wireless networks are poised to explode in use and broadband users account for nearly half of all Internet use-but interest in vidgames played on PCs is stagnant.

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