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Broadband Briefs for 5/30/08

Fri, 05/30/2008 - 8:00am

FCC schedules workshop on converter boxes
By Brian Santo

The Federal Communications Commission has scheduled a workshop on how to connect DTV converter boxes to analog TV sets on Thursday, June 19. The Digital Television (DTV) Consumer Education Workshop, held at the FCC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., will also discuss the converter boxes’ features, including closed captioning and parental controls.

Cox names director of customer care technologies
By Brian Santo

Cox Communications has named Barbara Thwaites executive director of customer care technologies. Thwaites will oversee the technology strategies for Cox's customer care operations. Prior to joining Cox, Thwaites served as a solutions director for Level 3 Communications.

Verizon sets web site to control FiOS TV
By Brian Santo

Verizon has launched a web site that will serve as an adjunct to its FiOS TV service. Through the site, customers will initially be able to review their local TV schedules and information about video-on-demand (VOD) and pay-per-view offerings.

Pending for the FiOS TV Central Web site are the capabilities to program digital video recorders (DVR), and order VOD programming and other content and manage parental controls, among other capabilities.

Dish adds local HD channels in Buffalo
By Traci Patterson

Dish Network has added local high-definition (HD) programming in Buffalo, N.Y.

In January, Dish Network announced plans to enhance its HD programming lineup throughout 2008. The satellite provider plans to reach a year-end goal of 100 local HD markets and 100 national HD channels; it now offers HD local programming in 59 markets, reaching more than 67 percent of U.S. TV households.

In order to view HD programming, Dish customers can upgrade to a dishHD receiver, such as the ViP722 – a dual-tuner HD digital video recorder (DVR) that operates two TVs in separate rooms, one in HD and one in standard-definition (SD). The ViP722 can record up to 55 hours of HD content and up to 350 hours of SD content, and it allows customers to pause, rewind and fast-forward live TV programming.

More Broadband Direct:

• FCC wireless auction may pave way to free public access 

• SeaChange ekes out a Q1 profit 

• NCTA elects board and exec committee 

• Broadband Briefs for 5/30/08 

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