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

On your mark, get set, sports VOD

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

What better way to get clued in on the latest snowboarding or skating technique, than to watch it on television? Sports clothing producer Quicksilver and VOD content aggregator TVN Entertainment are joining forces to bring video-on-demand and subscription VOD to action sports enthusiasts. The channel, dubbed UNION? The Boardriding Channel, will sport films from Volcom, Globe, 900 Films, O...

Charter launches HDTV in five markets

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. has come through with a promise made in March to deliver high-definition TV services. The MSO has launched its service in five U.S. markets. Charter customers with HDTV sets in Alhambra/Pasadena and Glendale/Burbank, Calif.; University Park/Highland Park, Texas; Miami Beach, Fla; and Birmingham, Ala.

TI and Intersil team for voice over broadband

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 M2 Communications Ltd. TELECOMWORLDWIRE…05/30/2002 From LexisNexis Analog and digital technology company Texas Instruments Inc. has entered into an agreement with Intersil Corp., a wireless networking company. Under the terms of the agreement, both companies will work together to combine the programmable voice codec from TI with a subscriber-line interface circuit from Inte...

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Study: It's up, up, up for broadband fees

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Whether a high-speed Internet connection is provided via cable or DSL, consumers are likely paying more for their service now than they were at the end of last year, according to one analysis. Consumer broadband rates climbed to their highest levels on record at the end of the first quarter, according to new research from ARS Inc.

Jury rules in nCUBE's favor in VOD patent spat

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Video-on-demand vendor nCUBE Corp. said Wednesday that a Delaware District Court jury has unanimously upheld the company's patent for VOD delivery and ruled that rival vendor SeaChange International has "willfully infringed the patent." Additionally, nCUBE said the jury ruled that SeaChange must pay nCUBE "over two million dollars" in damages, plus a seven percent royalty on all sales of infrin...

CableLabs hires law firm to handle OCAP patents

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs has hired the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (WCP) as its patent coordinator for the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) specification, which serves as the common middleware layer for advanced OpenCable-based digital set-top boxes. Under its current form, OCAP borrows heavily from the Digital Video Broadcasting Project's Multimedia Home Platform specification.

Comcast gets hit with privacy suit

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

After enduring a firestorm over monitoring cable-modem subscribers' Web-surfing activities earlier this year, Comcast Corp. is now facing a class-action lawsuit claiming that the Philadelphia MSO violated federal privacy law. Filed in U.S. District court in Michigan, the lawsuit claimed that Comcast's now-discontinued practice of monitoring its 1 million high-speed-data customers' Internet habi...

Global Crossing: We can work it out

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Leon Lazaroff | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…05/29/2002 From LexisNexis Unhappy with a buy-out offer from two Asian companies, creditors of Global Crossing Ltd. plan to join the bankrupt telecommunications carrier in proposing a restructuring plan that would give them far greater control of the broadband provider's worldwide operations.

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Nasdaq puts SoftNet on notice

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SoftNet Systems Inc. has been shedding its assets one by one for some time now, and the Nasdaq National Market has taken notice. The company recently received a letter warning that its shares may be delisted. SoftNet is fighting the claim. Citing the closure of SoftNet's Intelligent Communications Inc.

Alcatel buys voice-web software maker

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Alcatel will fork over $136 million in stock to acquire voice Web access software platform maker Telera Corp. The addition enables Alcatel to add voice services to its Web access product portfolio. Telera will be folded into Alcatel's Genesys contact center software business, adding a voice self-service platform to Genesys' product line.

Adelphia sinks to new 52-week low, Tow joins board

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The hits just keep on coming for Adelphia Communications Corp. After the MSO detailed its co-borrowing agreements and deals with the Rigas family, the company's stock plummeted more than 30 percent. In a victory for one of the company's major shareholders, Leonard Tow was appointed to the board of directors.

Nortel cuts deeper

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

As customer spending for telecom gear continues to wane, Nortel Networks is weighing its options. The latest: the company plans to cut 3,500 more jobs. The reductions will affect employees working in Nortel's optical long haul business sector. The company says it will streamline the business, but will not rule out a sale of its optical components division.

Diagnostics could help DSL gain ground

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Though the residential broadband market has a well-publicized battle between cable modem and DSL service going on, so far, cable operators aren't looking too hard at the telco competition over their shoulder. After all, cable was the first to market with the voice-video-data bundle, and ILEC providers were initially slow to react out of the gate.

SBC, Lucent make telephony pact

May 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

SBC Communications Inc. has teamed with Lucent Technologies Inc. to enable the use of voice over IP technology without the need to invest in new equipment. The multiyear contract calls for Lucent to deliver its Lucent IP Centrex platform for SBC's Centrex IP service it unveiled today. The central office-based services give business customers access to VoIP calling, DSL access, Web-enabled servi...

DSL provider turns to Thomson, Minerva for IP-based services

May 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

A partnership between Minerva Networks and Thomson multimedia will enable Georgia-based Ringgold Telephone to deliver interactive entertainment services to its customers. Thomson has integrated its RCA DSL 1500 gateway decoder platform with Minerva's IP Television interactive software and headend hardware to enable DSL service providers to deliver on-demand video, live television and other ente...

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