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

UltraLink debuts in three new cities

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

Thanks to AT&T Broadband 's UltraLink service, residential broadband subscribers in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Richmond, Va. will now have the option to access the Net at a faster rate. The tiered broadband service ups the speed ante, offering users the ability to download at speeds up to 3 megabits per second, and upload at speeds up to 384 kilobits per second.

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.

EarthLink expands deal with computer retailer

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

EarthLink has inked a deal to peddle its high-speed cable modem service in Micro Center stores in select Time Warner Cable markets. Micro Center has agreed to sell EarthLink's cable modem service offered over Time Warner Cable systems in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Tustin, Calif.; Houston; Long Island, N.

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iN Demand inks news, kid deals

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by John Dempsey | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…09/03/2002 From LexisNexis NEW YORK —iN Demand, the dominant distributor of pay-per-view movies and events in the U.S., continues to build up its inventory of video-on-demand programs, signing a deal for VOD rights with Fox News and Sesame Workshop.

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.

WorldGate launches Go!TV Games Network

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

WorldGate is jumping into the interactive gaming sector with the introduction of its Go!TV Games Network. The interactive network enables gamers in the same house or different households to go head-to-head using WorldGate's ultra-thin client architecture. Players also can participate in online chats.

SeaChange launches VOD tour

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In an effort to help the cable industry spread the good word about on-demand services to consumers, SeaChange International Inc. has kicked off its "VOD Experience Tour." Headlining the tour is SeaChange's "All-Television Vehicle, a 41-foot rig equipped with the necessary gear to show off VOD in all its glory.

WSNet to help rural ops market digital

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cable sells services, not technology–or at least, that's the message WSNet is trying to deliver to rural cable operators with a new marketing tool crafted to lure digital cable subscribers and keep them away from DBS. WSNet, which helps small- and medium-sized operators deliver affordable digital programming, will launch in the fourth quarter a consumer marketing campaign, touting "That'...

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Collette, Soderquist not away for long

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Michael Collette and Craig Soderquist–two cable industry veterans–resurfaced over the summer after brief respites, each assuming the top slot at their respective companies. Media software provider Ucentric Systems named Collette, a former OpenTV and ICTV marketing executive, as its CEO. At Ucentric, Collette will direct the company's strategies involving media distribution software...

BIAP notches 'PiTV' deals

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

BIAP Systems, a developer of personalized "artificial intelligence" software for set-tops, said it has secured agreements with USA Media Group, MetroCast Cablevision and the National Cable Television Cooperative, an organization that represents cable systems serving about 14 million subscribers. BIAP's PiTV application runs on digital set-tops and uses A.

SCTE calls for board of directors nominations

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) said it is accepting candidate nominations for seven seats on its board of directors for the 2003-2005 term, including Region 1 (California, Hawaii and Nevada), Region 2 (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming), Region 6 (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin), Region 9 (Florida, Georgia and South Carolina), Region ...

Liberate diversifies with Sigma buy

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Middleware vendor Liberate Technologies fattened its technology portfolio with the acquisition of Canada-based OSS company Sigma Systems Group for roughly $62 million in cash. Sigma threw in $20 million to help finance the deal, which could close by the third quarter of 2002. Liberate, like its competitors, has been stung by a slow-moving iTV sector.

CableLabs moves on OCAP

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs said its second OCAP (Open Cable Application Platform) interoperability event on July 22 was a success, as 15 different vendors joined in with "critical pieces" that make up the specification's puzzle, including hardware platforms, middleware implementations, interactive television applications and development and test tools.

FCC mandate aims to jolt DTV to life

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hoping to jump-start the digital television era, the Federal Communications Commission voted in mid-August to mandate the installation of off-air DTV tuners in nearly all new television sets by 2007, a decision that rankled the Consumer Electronics Association. As part of the FCC's five-year plan, the requirement will start with larger, more expensive televisions, a move designed to minimize t...

Xbox Live launch set for Nov. 15

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hoping to boost sales in an ultra-competitive gaming console sector, Microsoft Corp. said it will mark the one-year anniversary of the Xbox by launching its much-anticipated broadband-only, multiplayer service. On Nov. 15, Microsoft will begin selling a starter kit for its new multiplayer service, dubbed Xbox Live, for $49.

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