Broadband briefs for 4/21/06
* Comcast puts Harry Potter 'Scene It?' on VOD
Comcast and Screenlife said they are co-developing customized versions of the latter's "Scene It?" DVD Game for the VOD environment.
The two debut a Harry Potter-themed edition of the game today, coinciding with the VOD premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The companies have been offering VOD versions of trivia games for movies, television and James Bond editions since earlier in the year.
* Earthlink, Linksys team on retail VoIP solution
EarthLink and Cisco's Linksys division are co-marketing a combination of the former's trueVoice Internet phone service with Linksys' phone adapters and routers. The package will be available at Fry's Electronics outlets.
Consumers will be able to choose between two VoIP kits. One contains a Linksys Phone Adapter that works with a standard wired or wireless router, while the other includes a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router with a built-in phone adapter for home networking. Both kits provide products with two phone ports for connection of two standard home phones or fax machines.* Charter elects Rajive Johri As director
Rajive Johri has been elected to the board of directors of Charter Communications. Johri also was appointed to Charter's Audit Committee, replacing John Tory, who resigned from the Committee but will remain as a member of Charter's board.
Johri is president of First National Bank of Omaha's credit card business, and has previously held executive positions at JP Morgan Chase's Cardmember Services, and at Citigroup.
* KT turns to Meriton to expand optical network
KT (formerly Korea Telecom) said it has deployed its next generation I-WDM (intelligent WDM) network. The scalable, flexible network is based on the Agile Optical Networking (AON) architecture designed by Meriton Networks. Deployed in the I-WDM network are the Meriton 7200 Optical Switching Platform and the 8600 Network Management System.