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

EarthLink, consumer advocates want more info from Comcast

September 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Akweli Parker | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Philadelphia Inquirer…09/11/2002 From LexisNexis PHILADELPHIA — Consumer advocates and at least one large Internet provider, fearing Comcast Corp.'s growing influence over the Internet, are demanding that the Philadelphia-based company divulge details of a complex agreement it reached last month wit...

Mediacom taps Concurrent, SeaChange for fall VOD rollouts

September 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Mediacom Communications Corp. will spread the video-on-demand wealth this fall when the MSO rolls out the advanced service in two more markets: Des Moines, Iowa and the Quad Cities of Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa; and Moline and Rock Island, Ill. Mediacom will once again use Concurrent Computer Corp.

OpenTV, MIH together again

September 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

OpenTV has inked a multi-platform licensing agreement with its former owner MIH Limited. The deal has an up-front value of roughly $4 million. As part of the multi-year deal, MIH will deploy OpenTV's iTV technology and bundled content on its pay television platforms. Content to be supplied by OpenTV includes chat, news, sports, weather, horoscopes and the PlayJam games and entertainment channel...

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Verizon rebates wireless router for biz DSL customers

September 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Hoping to attract new DSL business customers, Verizon Online is offering rebates on Linksys' EtherFast wireless broadband router. Depending on the DSL package ordered, customers could get up to a 100 percent rebate on the router. A $100 rebate will be offered to new customers who order Verizon's basic business DSL service, which offers 786 Kbps downstream and 128 Kbps upstream.

Nokia shaves Q3 sales outlook

September 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Technology bellwether Nokia expects to meet its profit goal but has issued a warning that it will miss its previously stated third-quarter sales forecast as demand for its network equipment continues to wane. The company expects to post third-quarter earnings per share at the upper end of an earlier forecast of between 15 cents to 17 cents, amid cost cuts.

DirecTV, Starz SVOD trial gets underway

September 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Not to be outdone by its cable competitors, DBS heavyweight DirecTV has powered up a trial subscription-VOD service for its TiVo customers who subscribe to the Starz Super Pak. The six-month trial, which was first announced in May, is being offered free of charge to DirecTV Starz Super Pak subscribers who have TiVo service.

SONICblue, Intel to deliver portable DVRs

September 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Despite a lingering court battle over its ReplayTV digital video recorder technology, SONICblue Inc. is teaming with Intel Corp. to introduce a mini-version of the DVR device. The pocket-sized ReplayTV Portable Video Player will enable users to watch time-shifted television programs and movies transferred from their ReplayTV boxes.

Qwest ponders asset sales

September 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Chris Nolter | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…09/10/2002 From LexisNexis Qwest Communications International Inc. chief executive Richard Notebaert said Monday, Sept. 9, that the company is weighing options for 10 underperforming divisions, including closing or selling the units. Notebaert echoed previous statements, saying Qwest aims to slash $1 billion in operating costs at some of its l...

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Comcast, Broadcom, Ucentric team for home networking trial

September 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Whole-house media distribution is at the heart of a just announced trial of home networking technology between operator Comcast and technology providers Broadcom and Ucentric Systems. The three announced plans for a joint trial in Philadelphia that should put some powerful advanced home networking gear and services in the hands of some select Comcast customers.

CinemaNow, Movielink forge deals

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

A technology deal with IBM has moved Movielink one step closer to launching its movies over the Internet service by year's end. Separately, CinemaNow Inc. has sealed a licensing agreement to deliver Warner Bros. pictures on-demand over the Net. Movielink, which was born from a joint venture formed between five major studios to deliver films on demand to broadband users in the United States, has...

Cable entrepreneur Barton dead at age 51

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

Peter Barton, a cable veteran with more than 20 years experience, died on Sept. 8 after a battle with stomach cancer. He was 51. Peter entered the world of cable in 1982, and four years later was named president of TCI's Cable Value Network. In 1991, he became president of Liberty Media Corp. He left Liberty in 1997 to start a private investment firm.

People and places…

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

Aurora Networks, Optinel appoint executives; Speakeasy names a new board member; and Turer Corp. changes its name. Sniezko takes technology post at Aurora Former AT&T Broadband tech bigwig Oleh Sniezko has joined Aurora Networks as its chief technology officer. At his new post, Sniezko will be responsible for Aurora's product development.

Some vendors plan N+I announcements

September 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Matt Hamblen | Comments

Copyright 2002 Computerworld, Inc. Computerworld…09/09/2002 From LexisNexis Even though many vendors are worried that NetWorld+Interop Atlanta 2002 might be light on attendees, the following networking equipment makers and network operators plan to announce products and services at the conference: • In conjunction with Boulder, Colo.

DSL.net, QC2 brew Wi-Fi

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

Coffee and Wi-Fi are becoming fast friends. The latest: Brewed Awakenings has teamed with DSL.net Inc. and QC2 to roll out high-speed wireless Internet services to its customers in Providence, R.I. Using 802.11b wireless technology, dubbed Wi-Fi, the coffee shop is offering customers a free 30-day trial.

Adelphia deploys Terayon's next-gen modems

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

Adelphia Communications Corp. has deployed Terayon Communication Systems Inc.'s DOCSIS 2.0-based next-generation cable modem in its high-speed network. The TJ 615 is certified for DOCSIS 1.1, but includes the advanced PHY schemes for DOCSIS 2.0 (A-TDMA and S-CDMA). CableLabs, however, has not yet started certification testing on DOCSIS 2.

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