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Broadband Briefs for 8/03/06

Thu, 08/03/2006 - 6:55am
CED staff

* SkiTAM sets '07 event
CTAM of the Rocky Mountains said the 12th annual SkiTAM event is set for March 29-April 1, 2007, in Vail, Colo.

Next year's event has already received sponsorship commitments from 39 companies.

SkiTAM, which serves as the signature fundraiser for the U.S. Disabled Ski Team (USDST), will move to Aspen in 2008, "coinciding with greater accommodations availability."

SkiTAM has raised more than $4.5 million for the team, enabling it to compete in more than 270 races and bring home 84 Paralympic medals and 100 World Cup podiums.

* TVN scores with G4 deal
TVN Entertainment has added G4, a 24/7 network dedicated to gaming news and information, to its stable of video-on-demand (VOD) customers.

Under the deal, TVN will handle distribution and asset management services to G4 and its VOD affiliates.

The new contact also gives G4 access to the TVNow quick turnaround platform, and TVN's recently- launched ADONISS 2 asset management systems.

* Malone nets another first
Liberty Global Chairman John Malone was awarded the first-ever "Sean Lemass Gould Medal for Business."

The Irish Management Institute, which is part of Trinity College Dublin, bestowed the award on Malone on July 26, citing attributes such as his business achievements and entrepreneurial skills.

* RFD-TV to launch on HITS
RFD-TV secured transport on the HITS (Headend in the Sky) satellite service operated by Comcast Media Center (CMC). The channel will launch on HITS 8 on August 14.

RFD-TV targets rural America with family-oriented content, including programming about horses, farmers and ranchers. The network is currently distributed by Mediacom and NCTC cable systems, and on DirecTV and Dish Network, in all 50 states and serves over 28 million cable and satellite homes in the U.S.

"The addition of RFD to the CMC's HITS platform expands our growing content lineup and allows RFD to complement its direct feed with carriage on a digital platform that reaches over 3,000 regional and standalone headends across the U.S.," said Gary Traver, COO of Comcast Media Center.

* Verizon okays rugged Airlink modems for BroadbandAccess service
Verizon Wireless has certified the Raven Ethernet and PinPoint Ethernet wireless modems from AirLink Communications for use with Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service.

AirLink's Raven-E and PinPoint-E intelligent modems are appropriate for use in a variety of corporate markets that rely on the Verizon Wireless network, including financial and professional services, retail and distribution, industrial and utilities.

Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service, based on EV-DO technology, offers typical download speeds from 400 kbps to 700 kbps.

* Level 3 completes Looking Glass Networks acquisition
Level 3 Communications completed its acquisition of Looking Glass Networks, a privately-held facilities-based provider of metropolitan transport services.

Level 3 paid consideration to Looking Glass security holders of 21.3 million unregistered shares of Level 3 common stock (worth about $78 million at today's mid-day trading price of $3.70) and approximately $8.7 million in cash. Level 3 also repaid $67 million of outstanding Looking Glass debt.

* Scopus has record quarter
Scopus Video Networks announced record revenue of $12.4 million, up 12 percent from the second quarter of 2005.

The company said it received an initial order for its Dense Edge Decoder from an unidentified "leading U.S. Multi-Service Operator." It also said it is in the process of qualifying its IVG splicing product at a number of U.S. Tier-1 operators, "though this is taking longer than we had originally anticipated."

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