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Wink, click, and win!

December 3, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Wink subscribers have shown just how much they like their iTV. The interactive TV provider is holding a contest that lets Wink-enabled cable TV subscribers win free cable service and products when they interact with the enhanced programming. The contest, being held nationwide, is offered to more than 250,000 households in 16 cable markets.

Time Warner and Liberate talking?

December 3, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Time Warner may be conversing with Liberate Technologies about piloting Liberate's interactive-television software. The possible agreement may have something to do with Time Warner's pending merger with AOL. The online provider's recently launched "AOLTV" service uses Liberate as its underlying software.

Microsoft to develop set-top solution

November 30, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Microsoft has signed a memorandum of understanding with Octal, a group of system engineers in Portugal, to develop a prototype advanced set-top box for European digital video broadcasting and North American cable set-top box markets. The goal of the alliance is to develop for cable operators a set-top solution based on Microsoft's TV software and the Octal hardware platforms.

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Adelphia adds Scientific-Atlanta headends

November 30, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Adelphia Communications has purchased additional digital headends from Scientific- Atlanta to further support its goal for deploying digital set-tops to its more than 5.6 million subscribers. When complete, the deployment is expected to pass an additional 2.3 million homes by 1Q 2001. The installations will cover the eastern half of the U.

From the Western Show:

November 30, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The world according to John Chambers Cisco CEO John Chambers sees a market where the broadband connection is merely the ante and the real game is in execution and services. In a private session with trade journalists Thursday - away from the clamor of the Western Cable Show floor, Chambers emphasizes the winners in the volatile broadband Internet game will be those that get to market early and ...

VNI and Time Warner Cable sign deal

November 29, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Video Networks Inc. (VNI) and Time Warner Cable Adcast have inked a deal for VNI to deliver advertising and other content in a digital format to headends throughout North Carolina. VNI, soon to be renamed Pathfire, is a digital media content distribution and management services provider. VNI's interactive media management service helps cable ad sales offices distribute commercials more efficien...

OpenTV comes to Northern California

November 29, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

USA Media Group has given OpenTV the go ahead to launch iTV and other interactive services in USA Media Group's Northern California cable system. Scheduled for deployment in 1Q 2001, OpenTV will shoot off services to subscribers like t-commerce (television commerce) on-demand news, weather, entertainment and sports.

Comcast and WorldGate launch iTV

November 28, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Doing yet another deal, Comcast has teamed up with WorldGate to commercially deploy WorldGate's interactive cable TV services to cable subscribers in Willow Grove, Pa. Comcast is providing WorldGate's Internet TV Service as part of its digital cable television package. For an additional monthly fee, Comcast digital customers can receive e-mail, local content and Internet content.

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Comcast welcomes Juno to its pipes

November 28, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Following in the footsteps of AT&T and other large MSOs, Comcast has opened its network to a competing ISP and plans to let Juno Online Services use its network. Juno will be able to access Comcast's pipes to offer high-speed Web surfing to its customers. The deal is expected to be announced on Wednesday at the Western Show in L.

Broadcom snares VisionTech

November 27, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The largest cable modem maker, Broadcom, has snagged Israeli chipmaker VisionTech for approximately $776.6 million in stock. Broadcom hopes the buyout will help the company gain technology in the burgeoning sector of personal video recording. This is Broadcom's twelfth acquisition this year. The hot new technology of PVRs lets users freeze live TV broadcasts and replay or rewind a program while...

ReplayTV exits the PVR business

November 27, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Broadcom is buying in while ReplayTV gets out. The digital video recorder manufacturer has instead decided to license its technology to cable providers and other TV related companies. Those companies can then use the technology to offer digital video recording and VOD services. ReplayTV said it is facing intense competition from other PVR makers, like TiVo and Microsoft's Ultimate TV.

Comcast eyes Wink

November 27, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Wink has been cherry-picked by Comcast, the third largest cable operator, to deliver Wink Enhanced Broadcasting to all of Comcast's 1.5 million digital households over the next three years. Comcast customers will also use the Wink Response Network. Wink iTV lets subscribers interact with programming and ads while they continue to watch TV.

Reuters provides content for OpenTV

November 27, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

OpenTV has signed Reuters to provide original news content for OpenTV's iTV applications. OpenTV customers will receive Reuter's Online Reports featuring national, international, entertainment, business and sports news. The reports will also link to pictures and graphics and be delivered as a multimedia package in NewsML via the Internet.

One touch does it all

November 27, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Interlink Electronics and PowerTV have hooked up at the Western Show, Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, to demo Interlinks IntuiTouch broadband remote interface technologies - in other words, a new breed of remote control. The technology features a pad centric user interface that enables one touch programming control for guides and on-screen menus, gesture control of entertainment devices and text entry ...

Exploring S-A's interactive experience

November 27, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Scientific-Atlantas Explorer set-tops have been expanded and will be showcased live at the Western Show, Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, booth 1639. The set-tops are customized for all tiers of digital TV, including the ability to operate from a single-based digital network. This gives cable ops the advantage of deploying a variety of set-tops in a single system and delivering various levels of iTV ser...

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