Broadband Briefs for 8/08/07

Wed, 08/08/2007 - 8:07am
CED staff

* Mediacom, Insight launching Listings2Go
By Traci Patterson

Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. said that Mediacom Communications and Insight Communications will soon launch TV Guide's Listings2Go, an online TV guide application, on their respective portal sites.

Listings2Go is one of the initial phases of My TV Guide, the company's suite of cross-platform personalized guidance tools and services. Mediacom's and Insight’s launch of the application will enable their customers to personalize grid views and search local TV listings online.

* Former CBS, CNN sales exec moves to AnswersMedia
By Traci Patterson

Former CBS and CNN executive John Lee has joined multi-platform HD video producer AnswersMedia as the SVP of sales. He will be responsible for introducing the company’s content to advertisers who are looking for new ways to reach customers, the company said.

At CNN Newsource, Lee also served as SVP of sales. Prior to that, he was the SVP of business development at CBS Television Network.

* Metalink adds two former industry execs to advisory board
By Traci Patterson

Metalink, a provider of wireless and wireline broadband communication silicon solutions, has added two industry vets to its strategic advisory board: Michael Powell, former COO, VP and general manager of the Broadband Access Business Unit of Conexant Systems; and Izik Kirshenbaum, former general manager of Intel's Broadband Wireless Division.

The additions will help to boost Metalink's growth in the wireless digital home entertainment market, the company said.

* Ferrara joins Tollgrade
By Mike Robuck

Tollgrade Communications has hired Joseph Ferrara as senior vice president of marketing and sales. Prior to Tollgrade, Ferrara was CEO of Marconi’s North American operations as well as holding other executive positions at Marconi.

* CommuniGate’s free app combines communications functions
By Brian Santo

CommuniGate Systems is now providing free versions of its Flash-based client Pronto! and its Pro Internet Communications platform. The company’s new portal, TalktoIP, gives consumers a free account to Pronto!, a Flash-based user interface that integrates e-mail, calendaring and secure IM in a single dashboard.

The CommuniGate Pro Community Edition gives up to five users accounts installable on any computer or server inside a home or small business. The product is compatible with any operating system - Windows XP, Windows Server Edition, Apple OSX, and Linux. This version is aimed at small businesses that are unlikely to have their own IT support. 


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