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

Intertainer to woo indie filmmakers

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Intertainer has launched Film Marketplace, a video-on- demand channel that aims to goose the independent filmmaking marketplace. Intertainer said it will offer the service via its intertainer.tv Web site, and allow filmmakers to submit short- and feature-length films and set their own prices for consumers.

Toshiba takes domestic DOCSIS lead in Q1

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. shipped 430,000 DOCSIS cable modems in North America during the first quarter of 2002, supplanting Motorola Broadband for the first time as the top mover of the equipment in the region, reported research firm Kinetic Strategies Inc. In addition to a strong first quarter, Toshiba's rise to the top was buoyed by the fact that Motorola Broadband's DOCSIS m...

T-minus now for Altrio

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cable television customers in Pasadena, Calif. now have a choice in service providers, with the April launch of voice/video/data services from overbuilder Altrio Communications. Altrio offers traditional television, video-on-demand, and high-speed data, along with local and long distance telephone in a service bundle being marketed in Pasadena and the nearby city of Arcadia.

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Cox checks in with Com21

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cox Communications is deploying Com21's DOXport 1110 cable modems across its U.S. Hospitality Network. The DOXport 1110 features DOXdiscovery, an interface tool that enables the cable modem to provide diagnostic information via the local Web browser. Cox's Hospitality Network provides interactive and entertainment services to more than 110,000 hotel rooms.

TollBridge, Arris cross the VoIP gap together

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hoping to bridge the cable IP telephony gap together, Arris and TollBridge Technologies have inked a re-seller deal under which Arris will market TollBridge's TB300 gateway to operators worldwide. Arris will also integrate the product into its CompleteVoice cable telephony system, which is comprised of PacketCable-compliant components such as multimedia terminal adapters and cable modem termin...

Liberty Media Corp. forms new iTV division

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Putting interactive television squarely in its sites, Liberty Media Corp. has formed a new iTV division and has taken control of two leading companies in that sector. Leading the new unit as president and CEO is former Gemstar-TV Guide International executive Peter Boylan. Based in Tulsa, Okla., Liberty Broadband is 90 percent-owned by Liberty Media.

New trade group aims to boost idle iTV sector

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Interactive Television Alliance made its grand entrance at last month's National Cable show in New Orleans, but now the race is on to cull support from iTV vendors and network operators. Claiming to be independent, the iTV Alliance's goal is to promote interactive television deployment through consumer awareness campaigns and cross-industry research.

Charter pulls VOD trump card in case Diva falters

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

If troubled video-on-demand vendor Diva Systems can't pull itself from the financial brink or find a willing suitor, Charter Communications appears to be well-prepared to live life without what used to be its exclusive VOD vendor. In May, Charter added Concurrent Computer Corp. as its second source for VOD servers and software, noting that it will use the vendor's MediaHawk system in "several ...

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Jedai gets 'bizy'

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Getting enterprise customers on-net with optical Ethernet access solutions is a goal network operators may be closer to meeting with the release of a new access switch router from start-up Jedai Broadband Networks. Following extensive lab and field-testing with undisclosed MSOs, Jedai released its FrontRunner 3200 intelligent edge access switch router, which also houses integrated TDM telephony...

Top-10 MSOs pledge support to Powell's plan

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association said the industry's 10 largest MSOs have pledged their "strong and enthusiastic" support for a voluntary digital television plan drawn up earlier this year by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell. In a letter to Powell, NCTA President and CEO Robert Sachs wrote that the operators have "committed their resources to spu...

SusCom launches S-A's Classic Games platform

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Can interactive services be the life preserver digital needs? Susquehanna Communications (SusCom) thinks so, following a launch of Scientific-Atlanta's Classic Games platform in York and Williamsport, Pa. and Brunswick, Maine. There, SusCom's monthly churn rates are down an average of two percentage points.

MSOs back Syndeo's big 'C' round

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Softswitch vendor Syndeo Corp. said it raised $75 million in C-round funding, led by the venture arms of several large MSOs, including Comcast Corp., AOL Time Warner, Cox Communications, Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications. Other equity investors include Scientific-Atlanta and YAS Broadband Ventures.

Taylor Nelson Sofres has conducted a survey into 3G interest

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 M2 Communications Ltd. TELECOMWORLDWIRE…05/30/2002 From LexisNexis A new survey from market information company Taylor Nelson Sofres has revealed that mobile phone consumers are expressing interest in 3G applications. Specifically, in the U.S. 25 percent of mobile owners expressed interest in 3G.

Pace ships home gateways to IPTV partners

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In advance of shipping its new IP500 digital set-top box to its customers, Pace Micro Technology plc is testing the waters with members of its IPTV Partner Program. The home gateway is designed for broadband IP network operators, and supports new streaming protocols to address the limited bandwidth issues RBOCs face in delivering multichannel video services, Pace says.

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United Online jumps in the broadband pool

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Free from its exclusive ISP provider agreement with now bankrupt Excite@Home, Comcast Cable Communications has opened up its systems to other ISPs. United Online Inc. has launched a high-speed Internet access service in Indianapolis and Nashville over Comcast systems. The launch marks the first broadband foray for United Online, which owns the NetZero and Juno ISP services that claim a combined 5.

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