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Broadband Briefs for 10/02/08

Thu, 10/02/2008 - 8:00am

Carnegie Mellon professor becomes FCC’s chief technologist
By Wireless Week staff

The FCC is getting a chief technologist. Jon Peha will serve as chief technologist and as a senior advisor on communications technology in the FCC’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, the U.S. government agency said.

Peha is a professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, as well as in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, at Carnegie Mellon University.  Previously he served on the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Microsoft and SRI International.

“Jon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Commission, and I am pleased he has agreed to join us as chief technologist. I am confident that Peha’s expertise will be beneficial to the Commission as it moves forward to address numerous complex, technical issues,” FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said.

 DirecTV adds new markets to local HD market list
By Traci Patterson

DirecTV is now offering local high-definition (HD) programming to customers in Charleston, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Springfield-Holyoke, Mass.; and Norfolk-Newport News, Va.

With the addition of the new local HD markets, DirecTV now offers local HD broadcast channels in 98 U.S. cities, representing more than 83 percent of U.S. TV households.

By the end of 2008, the satellite provider expects to provide local HD broadcast channels in more than 121 cities, representing approximately 88 percent of U.S. TV households.

 Vudu offering movies in new format: HDX
By Traci Patterson

Vudu has unveiled HDX, a new video format that enables the viewing of Internet-delivered movie content in full high-definition (HD) 1080p format and optimized for 40 inch and larger HDTVs and home theaters.

HDX movies are available to all Vudu customers and are offered at the same price as standard HD titles. Vudu currently has 65 films available in the HDX format, and the company said it will offer every newly released HD title in the new format.

"HDX truly raises the bar on picture quality for HD movies delivered on-demand, over the air, satellite or Internet, and across the entire video landscape," said Mark Jung, CEO of Vudu. "Accelerating consumer adoption of large-screen HDTVs has fueled strong demand for the kind of viewing experience and picture quality only HDX can deliver."

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