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Broadband Briefs for 7/15/08

Tue, 07/15/2008 - 8:00am

Comcast extends CSG contract to 2012
By Brian Santo

CSG Systems International has received a follow-on contract from Comcast.

The two signed a restated and amended Master Subscriber Management System Agreement that extends their relationship for another four years, expiring at the end of 2012.

CSG said that the expected scope of the customer care and billing products and services to be utilized by Comcast under the new agreement is consistent with the previous contract.

Cablevision expands free VOD library with MTV, BET content
By Traci Patterson

Cablevision has expanded its free video-on-demand (VOD) library – which is available to iO TV digital cable customers – with the addition of hundreds of new programs from MTV Networks' Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Noggin, The N and Logo networks, as well as BET Networks' BET.

On-demand programming from MTV and BET is available, for free, to Cablevision’s digital customers with a set-top box through the Free On-Demand menu on the iO TV user interface.

More than 85 percent of Cablevision’s nearly 2.7 million iO TV customers are iO TV digital cable customers. iO TV offers customers access to up to 360 channels, including 53 premium movie channels, 48 channels of commercial-free digital music, more than 3,500 titles available on-demand at all times, an interactive programming guide, 45 high-definition (HD) programming services and interactive television (iTV) applications, including News 12 Interactive.

Insight promotes Herring, Eliasof
By Traci Patterson

Insight Communications has promoted Allin Herring to VP of call center strategy and Steven Eliasof to VP of marketing.

Herring previously served as the director of call center strategy. He will report to Woody Hutton, SVP of operations. Eliasof previously served as the director of marketing. He will report to Gregg Graff, SVP of field operations.

Insight, the 10th-larest cable operator in the U.S., has approximately 738,000 subscribers in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. Insight offers bundled video, high-speed Internet and voice telephony services.

Vecima, major OEM selling CableVista Edge Decoder
By Traci Patterson

Vecima Networks has entered into a co-branding agreement with what the company said is “a major original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner.” Under the agreement, the companies will sell Vecima's CableVista Edge Decoder products using the OEM's worldwide sales network, which Vecima said covers more than 90 countries.

Vecima's CableVista Edge Decoder has been deployed nationally and internationally. The product allows cable operators to address the needs of subscribers with older equipment by re-converting the digital signal back to analog at the network's edge.

Cable MSOs utilize CableVista in their high-speed distribution networks to deliver an analog program tier. MSOs also use the product as a component of digital video transport solutions for zoned ad insertion. And Vecima's CableVista Edge Decoder performs MPEG decoding, analog modulation and upconversion for up to 24 NTSC/PAL channels in a compact one-rack unit (1 RU) chassis, the company said.

General Cable promotes Lampert to N. American CEO
By Mike Robuck

As part of an effort to consolidate its North American operations, General Cable Corp. announced that Gregory Lampert has been promoted to EVP of the company, and that he will serve as the president and CEO of General Cable North America. Lampert starts his new job as head of the North American operations on Aug. 1.

Lampert joined General Cable in 1998 and has worked in a number of senior and executive management capacities, most recently as EVP and group president of North America electrical and communications infrastructure. Prior to joining General Cable, he held engineering and management positions with The Dow Chemical Co.

J. Michael Andrews, EVP of General Cable, will continue to report to General Cable President and CEO Gregory Kenny for the rest of this year.

IPtimize names Prosser CFO
By Brian Santo

IPtimize has named Donald W. Prosser as its CFO, effective immediately. He had been working as a financial consultant since March 1.

Prior to working with IPtimize, Prosser served as CFO of VCG Holding Corp., and before that with Chartwell International, Inform Worldwide Holdings and NetCommerce.

“Adding Prosser to our executive team is an important milestone for IPtimize,” said IPtimize Chairman and CEO Ron Pitcock. “His expertise and knowledge of U.S. GAAP and the U.S. capital markets will help us develop more rigorous discipline in our financial reporting, corporate governance and investor communications – all of which are essential elements on our path to eventually becoming a NASDAQ-listed stock.”

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