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Management shifts at SONICblue

April 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Following on its announcement of a new retail-service pricing strategy for its ReplayTV line of Personal Video Recorders (PVRs), SONICblue has also announcing some management restructuring to better focus on marketing initiatives, the company said. Greg Ballard was announced as the company's executive vice president of marketing and product management, where he'll report to chairman and CEO Ken...

USA Broadband, Las Americas merge

April 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Why go it alone, when you can have a partner? USA Broadband Inc. and Las Americas Broadband Inc. are subscribing to this sentiment. The companies have agreed to combine their operations to strengthen their service offering in California and Mexico. USA Broadband, a provider of digital television and high-speed Internet services, believes the merger will enable it to build on progress made by La...

Report: AOL Considers TWC Stake Sale

April 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Just one day after posting a $54 billion loss in the first quarter, AOL Time Warner Inc. reportedly is mulling an IPO for a minority stake in its Time Warner Cable unit. If a public stock offering does occur, the publicly traded unit would be worth roughly $45 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.


Study: P2P growth draining corporate bandwidth and wallets

April 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Peer-to-peer Web sites grew 535 percent over the last 12 months, potentially creating myriad legal and bandwidth problems, Websense Inc. warned in a recent analysis. P2P file sharing and file transfer Web sites spiked to nearly 38,000 pages, according to Websense. Moreover, 30 percent of CNET's "most popular" software download list is comprised of P2P applications.

Tut Systems announces VDSL rebranding deals

April 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

New Very High Speed DSL technologies are advancing the market for edge aggregation equipment, potentially enabling the connection of thousands of unserved multi-tenant (MTU) and multi-dwelling (MDU) buildings. One of the leaders in providing the new edge switching gear based on VDSL is Tut Systems, and the company has announced a couple of rebranding agreements which should enable the distribut...

Charter signs Concurrent as second VOD source

April 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications has inked a deal with Concurrent Computer Corp. as its second source for video-on-demand servers and software. Concurrent said Charter will use its MediaHawk VOD system in "several markets this year." The news helped send Concurrent stock up more than 17 percent to $6.60 per share in mid-day trading Friday.

Focal Taps General Bandwidth

April 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Focal Communications Corp. is looking to deliver voice and data services over a single access line, and is turning to General Bandwidth to make it happen. The communications provider is deploying General Bandwidth's G6 Central Office Platform to deliver integrated voice and data (IVAD) services to its enterprise customers in several U.

Hughes DIRECWAY expands across Europe

April 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Satellite broadband is quickly becoming more of an option for consumers and enterprise customers across the world, and potential customers across Europe can now access connectivity services from Hughes Network Systems. The company announced that its DIRECWAY satellite broadband services, which operate on a VSAT (very small aperture terminal) platform, would be available across the European cont...


Riverstone blazes ATM-to-MPLS migration path

April 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Riverstone Networks Inc. has unveiled a new tunneling technology designed to enhance legacy Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) metro networks with Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) capabilities. More specifically, the tunneling platform is designed to enable service providers to map ATM permanent virtual circuits to Layer 2 MPLS tunnels via a virtual LAN mapping scheme.

LSI, iVAST chip in on MPEG-4

April 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

LSI Logic Corp. said it has inked a joint development deal with iVAST to create silicon capable of encoding, publishing and decoding content based on low-bit-rate MPEG-4 technology. Under the deal, LSI will incorporate iVAST's MPEG-4 software platform in its DoMiNo network media processors. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Q1 brings weak results for WorldCom

April 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Falling victim to a slowdown in telecom spending, lost e-business and competitive pricing pressures, WorldCom Inc.'s year-over-year profit sank in the first quarter. Including results from its MCI Group, WorldCom earnings dipped from $594 million a year ago to $130 million. The company's data and Internet business, dubbed WorldCom Group, reported a net profit of $184 million, or 6 cents a share.

Days are numbered for ReplayTV lifetime service subscription

April 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Personal Video Recorder (PVR) technologies are certainly something consumers have shown an interest in having, but sluggish sales and general consumer malaise have plagued the market for time-shifted television viewing so far. Part of that slow growth can be attributed to an undefined strategy of exactly how to sell the box and provide the service.

Record loss for AOL Time Warner; Media giant down $ 54B for quarter

April 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Harry Berkowitz | Comments

Copyright 2002 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)…04/25/2002 From LexisNexis AOL Time Warner yesterday posted a $ 54.2-billion quarterly loss, a record for a U.S. company, reflecting the lowered valuation of its megamerger and a continued plunge in ad revenue at America Online. America Online, which was supposed to be the company's growth engine, saw ad and commerce revenue fall 31 perc...

Study pegs Asia-Pacific region for MTU growth

April 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

According to a new report from researcher In-Stat/MDR, the market for Multi-Tenant Unit (MTU) broadband connectivity solutions that shows the most promise for growth is in the Asia Pacific region, based on a number of unique market factors. The study estimates the MTU marketplace in the region to grow more than $3.

Intertainer to woo indie filmmakers with new VOD channel

April 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Intertainer has launched Film Marketplace, a video-on-demand channel that aims to boost enthusiasm and revenue for independent filmmakers. Intertainer CEO Jonathan Taplin made the announcement today during his keynote address at the Streaming Media West show in Los Angeles. Intertainer said it will offer Film Marketplace via its intertainer.


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