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Broadband briefs for 4/04/06

Tue, 04/04/2006 - 7:13am
CED staff

* CableLabs promotes two
CableLabs has promoted So Vang to VP, advanced media platforms; and P. Margit Tritt to director, OpenCable hardware specifications and test development. Both will serve in the CableLabs Advanced Platforms and Services (APS) department.

Vang most recently was director of OpenCable software. Tritt previously served as project director of OpenCable requirements, a position that involved two-way Plug & Play devices and unidirectional receivers.

* Pace 'Vegas' box gets DSG okay
Pace Micro Technology has shed more light on the set-top model that was just recently awarded "verified" status by CableLabs following test wave 41.

Pace said the recently announced "Vegas" TDC575 SD-DVR box, which houses a DOCSIS 1.1 cable modem and DOCSIS Set-top Gateway (DSG) functionality, was the model that was awarded CableLabs Verified for Interoperability status.

Pace's DOCSIS 2.0-based, DSG-capable "Tahoe" HD-DVR box obtained that status last fall.

* OpenTV adds modules
OpenTV Corp. has released two modules designed to help operators participate in TV-based auctions and sales. The modules are part of the OpenTV Participate platform, which enables apps such as voting, polling, quizzes, and games across various platforms.

* ADC to OEM Aperto's WiMAX products
ADC has struck an OEM agreement to sell WiMAX base stations and subscriber units built by Aperto Networks. ADC will resell Aperto's complete family of carrier-grade WiMAX products as the Digivance WMX product family.

With the expansion of the Digivance wireless product portfolio, ADC said, service providers can now offer a broad range of voice, data, and multimedia services while driving down the opex and capex costs incurred to scale their networks.

Built for performance, reliability and scale, the Digivance WMX 5000 is designed for modular growth and service evolution, and operates in licensed and license-exempt bands. The Digivance WMX 5000 hardware is based on Aperto's PacketMAX technology and complies with the ATCA (Advanced Open Telecom Platform) open standard that incorporates the latest advances in reliability, availability and serviceability for carrier-grade, high-speed telecommunications.

* Havoc gets boost through TVN deal
TVN Entertainment and Havoc Television announced a multi-year deal naming TVN as the preferred provider for VOD services.

Havoc TV now has access to TVN services including affiliate sales support, and TVNow quick turn services, TVN's online asset tracking and management tool.

Havoc TV is now available to all VOD customers of Comcast, Adelphia, Cox, and Insight. Havoc's on- demand content includes independent music videos, action sports movies, concerts, artist and athlete interviews and footage, and a growing mix of related lifestyle programming.

* Turner Broadcasting's GameTap taps Xbox veteran
David Reid has joined the broadband entertainment video game network GameTap as vice president of marketing.

Reid is responsible for all aspects of GameTap's marketing strategy and communications, including brand identity; advertising development; awareness and subscriber-acquisition campaigns; the gametap.com Web site; subscriber retention; and relationships with existing and new GameTap partners.

Reid joins Turner Broadcasting from Microsoft, where he most recently was director of Xbox Worldwide Platform Marketing, serving as the lead marketer for the record-breaking Xbox 360 launch across product development, strategic planning and launch execution in holiday season 2005.

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