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Charter puts VOD into orbit with TVN

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

After signing two video-on-demand server deals in the wake of Diva Systems' bankruptcy, Charter Communications Inc. said it will answer the content side of the VOD equation via a deal with TVN Entertainment Corp. Under terms of the deal, TVN will encode on-demand content for the MSO from its Digital Network Operations Center and transport VOD titles and subscription-VOD content via TVN's Secur...

With S-A on deck, Digeo hits two-for-two

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

Digeo Inc., a division of Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures, has struck a deal with Scientific-Atlanta to create a home media center that operates Digeo's Moxi platform. Corporate cousin Charter Communications will be the first to deploy the Moxi-powered Explorer MC when it becomes commercially available in 2003.

Time Warner gives Gig E a chance in Green Bay

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

Latching onto a platform that is quickly gaining steam, Time Warner Cable is giving Gigabit Ethernet a shot over ASI (asynchronous serial interface) to support its video-on-demand rollout in Green Bay, Wis. "Gig E is evolving and will be a [strong] transport medium as we grow streams out of the headend," said Reggie Workman, the MSO's vice president of engineering.

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C-COR.net to expand global reach via Philips Broadband buy

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

C-COR.net has struck a deal valued at about $78 million to snap-up Philips Broadband Networks (PBN), a move that is expected to widen C-COR.net's international scope by three-fold. The deal, expected to close by the second half of this year, will add about $100 million in annual accretive revenue, C-COR.

Comcast to dial up IP in Philly

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

Comcast is moving on plans to offer residential primary-line IP telephony service to customers in its home town of Philadelphia, Pa. by the second quarter of 2003. To fuel those plans, the MSO is installing Arris' DOCSIS 1.1-qualified C4 cable modem termination system. Comcast added that it has completed a variety of technical lab trials of IP telephony service, and has concluded that the tech...

Com21 gets a late break on DOCSIS 1.1

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

CableLabs awarded DOCSIS 1.1- certification to Com21 Inc.'s DOXport 1110XB cable modem last month, nearly a month after the end of certification wave 22. The Louisville, Colo.-based R&D house historically has given certification and qualification nods to equipment weeks after the end of testing waves.

Arris, Toshiba first to get EuroDOCSIS 1.1 nod

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

Arris' C4 cable modem termination system and Toshiba's PCX2500 cable modem became the first equipment last month to pass the test for the EuroDOCSIS 1.1 specification. The EuroDOCSIS Certification Board said the milestone was achieved after it invited those vendors to resubmit their products following certification wave 8, following "only minor problems being found during certification wave 7.

Narad speeds SMB with IBM

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

Narad Networks hopes to give its commercial broadband over cable plans a big boost following a new alliance with IBM. Under terms of the deal, IBM and Narad will team on an open standards-based architecture designed to give cable operators an easy way to offer broadband services to small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs).

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Study bullish on DVR

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

Digital storage and personalization will continue to lead the way as the digital video recorder (DVR) market reaches 28.6 million users (and 28 percent of all U.S. TV homes) by 2008, The Carmel Group predicted during last month's Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) confab in Boston, Mass.

AM picks up Nex-Link

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

Calling it a step toward diversification and overall growth, AM Communications Inc. said its wholly-owned subsidiary, AM Broadband Services Inc., has completed its acquisition of start-up Nex-Link Communications, a provider of cable engineering, construction and fulfillment services. Nex-Link recorded revenues of roughly $3 million for the six-month period ended June 30, and company co-founder...

Wavexpress nets IP multicast trials

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

Wavexpress has locked down its first trials for its IP broadcast service with Missouri-based St. Joseph Cablevision and with USA Media in Osburn, Idaho. Wavexpress–whose backers include USA Media Group and News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG), which operates the St. Joseph cable system–offers a multicast system that supports "enhanced" Internet content, including games, full-scre...

Final bell rings in IPG patent battle?

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

In a much-anticipated decision involving contested interactive program guide technology, an International Trade Commission judge in June ruled against Gemstar-TV Guide International, claiming that EchoStar Communications, Pioneer New Media Technologies, Scientific-Atlanta and SCI Systems did not infringe on Gemstar's IPG patents.

Cox tabs Motorola for next-gen cable modems

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

Cabler Cox Communications Inc. posted strong subscriber growth in the second quarter. As part of its commitment to continue the subscriber growth trend, the company said it has named Motorola Broadband Communications Sector as a preferred vendor of next-generation cable modems. Motorola will supply Cox with the SURFboard SB4200 and the SB4220 cable modems.

WorldGate inks iTV content deal

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

Interactive television is not all about fun and games, it can be used to deliver the latest news, too. WorldGate is looking to satisfy digital cable subscribers' need to be in "the know" through an iTV content deal with The Associated Press. The partnership will deliver a 24/7 updated news and information service to WorldGate's iTV subscriber base systems in Canada, the United States and Latin ...

Verizon scales back outlook

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

Verizon Communications Inc. has cut its outlook for 2002, citing the ongoing economic downturn. In its revised guidance, the company said it expects revenue to be flat or down 1 percent compared to last year, as opposed to flat or up 1 percent. Verizon has pared its capital expenditures from as much as $15 billion, to as little as $13 billion.

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