* Study: U.S. VOD usage on the rise
By Traci Patterson
Within the next five years, Americans will spend more than one-third of their daily TV-viewing time watching on-demand programs rather than regularly scheduled shows and events, according to a new VOD-usage forecast by Pike & Fischer.
The company predicts that the average monthly TV-viewing time per household will remain relatively stable, but that the amount of time Americans watch VOD programs will rise from 8.5 percent at the end of this year to about 38 percent by 2012 (to about two hours per day).
* Xanadoo passes 12,000 subs
By Traci Patterson
Xanadoo now has more than 12,000 subscribers, making it more of a competitor in the 2.5 GHz wireless market. The company offers service in Lawton, Okla., and in three Texas cities: Lubbock, Wichita Falls and Abilene. Navini Networks serves as Xanadoo’s network infrastructure provider, offering its Mobile WiMAX solution.
* Fitzgerald Mosley named to Vyyo’s board of directors
By Mike Robuck
Vyyo announced today that Benita Fitzgerald Mosley has joined the company’s board of directors. Fitzgerald Mosley is president and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT).
“Throughout her career, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley has earned a reputation for establishing and achieving high goals for herself and the organizations with which she has worked,” said Davidi Gilo, chairman of the board of directors of Vyyo. “Her engineering background, her cable expertise and her leadership skills will be invaluable in helping to shape the growth of our company.”
Prior to her professional career, Fitzgerald Mosley earned an international reputation as a world-class athlete, winning a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles in the 1984 Olympic Games.
* Centillium announces mystery order
By Brian Santo
Centillium Communications said it received a multi-million dollar order for one of its Mustang system-on-chip (SoC) processors from a company it would identify only as “a leading manufacturer of broadband networking equipment in Japan.” The chips will power optical networking unit (ONU) devices at the customer premises for a Japanese service provider, also unidentified.