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Broadband Briefs for 8/07/08

Thu, 08/07/2008 - 8:00am

Dish, Mediacom partner with NBCU for Olympics coverage
By Traci Patterson

Dish Network and Mediacom Communications have announced partnerships with NBC Universal (NBCU) for coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, which begin Friday. Earlier this week, Comcast, Charter and Time Warner Cable announced similar partnerships.

Dish Network will add two high-definition (HD) channels to its HD lineup – the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel and the NBC Olympic Basketball Channel. The satellite provider is also offering a number of video-on-demand (VOD) titles produced by NBC Olympics.

Mediacom customers will have access to thousands of hours of NBCU’s Olympics coverage delivered across multiple platforms, including cable TV, VOD, HDTV and high-speed Internet. Both operators’ subscribers will have access to Olympics coverage on NBCOlympics.com.

Verizon’s FiOS TV service wins again in Wash.
By Traci Patterson

Residents of Brier, Wash., will soon have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service, thanks to a newly approved agreement authorizing the telco to offer its video service in the area.

The vote gives Verizon the authority to offer FiOS TV to up to 2,200 households in Brier. Many Verizon customers in Washington State already have access to its FiOS Internet service, which delivers download speeds of up to 50 Mbps.

Brier is the seventh community in Washington State to grant a video franchise to Verizon, following recent approvals in Bothell, Edmonds, Everett, Kenmore, Lynnwood and Marysville. The company plans to begin offering FiOS TV in the state later this year. Verizon already provides FiOS TV in parts of California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia.

Sigma Systems to demo SIS interface at CableLabs Summer Conference
By Traci Patterson

Sigma Systems will demonstrate its Subscriber Information System (SIS) interface during the Innovation Showcase at the CableLabs Summer Conference 2008, which will be held Aug. 10-13 in Keystone, Colo.

Sigma’s product demo will reveal how existing subscriber data can be cultivated to enable the delivery of targeted ads in real-time, making it possible for cable operators to capitalize on the revenue potential offered by advanced advertising, the company said.

“With advanced advertising, cable operators can provide a unique value proposition to advertisers who want to target the subscribers who best fit their product or service,” said Brian Cappellani, CTO for Sigma Systems. “This is accomplished by unlocking the many sources of audience qualification information that exist or are emerging across cable operators’ systems and subscriber bases. As well, the ability cable operators have to identify specific viewing preferences and habits, and to track viewing behavior on a granular basis, is critical to the success of advanced advertising. Based on their Internet advertising experience, advertisers are also increasingly looking for TV advertising to support a more rapid, automated campaign creation and execution process, along with accurate reporting of the campaign results.”

Vonage ups revenue in Q2
By Traci Patterson

Vonage reported revenues of $228 million in its second quarter, ended June 30, marking an 11 percent increase compared with the $206 million the company reported in the prior year’s quarter. Vonage said that the increase was driven by “an increase in average revenue per line and subscriber lines.”

The VoIP company also reported a GAAP net loss of $7 million, or 4 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $23 million, or 15 cents per share, in the second quarter of 2007.

Vonage added 2,000 net subscriber lines in the second quarter of 2008 and finished the quarter with more than 2.6 million lines in service.

More Broadband Direct:

• Mediacom turns in profitable Q2

• DirecTV thrives with richer customers

• RCN ups revenue, RGUs in Q2

• SureWest boosts revenues in Q2

• Cisco easing NBC's Olympics coverage

• SCTE Foundation awards grant to Cox's Gutel

• Entone backs Panhandle IPTV upgrade

• Aspen offers to double GBIC bandwidth

• Broadband Briefs for 8/07/08

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