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ChanneLogics manages bandwidth business wins

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Tele-Media Corp. of Delaware and Denver-based overbuilder WideOpenWest have inked deals to deploy ChanneLogics' traffic planning and bandwidth management system across their respective high-speed data networks. In addition to HSD, WOW plans to leverage ChannelLogics' CableLogics management suite for advanced on-demand services.

Vulcan Machines puts the pinch on Java set-top chips

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

U.K.-based start-up Vulcan Machines has released the Moon2, a hard-wired processor with Java Virtual Machine (JVM) technology for advanced digital set-tops and mobile phones. Vulcan Machines claims its hardware approach to the JVM provides better performance and costs than software-based JVM applications.

Charter pulls VOD trump card in case Diva falters

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

If troubled video-on-demand vendor Diva Systems can't pull itself from the financial brink or find a willing suitor, Charter Communications appears to be well-prepared to live life without what used to be its exclusive VOD vendor. In May, Charter added Concurrent Computer Corp. as its second source for VOD servers and software, noting that it will use the vendor's MediaHawk system in "several ...


iSurfTV hangs ten in Mexico

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

iSurfTV, an upstart interactive program guide developer, has notched its first trial with Mexico-based MSO Tele Cable de Morelos, S.A. de C.V., whose parent company, United Latin America Inc., is wholly-owned by UnitedGlobalCom Inc. Tele Cable will test iSurfTV's IPG this summer with digital subscribers in Cuernavaca.

Intertainer to woo indie filmmakers

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Intertainer has launched Film Marketplace, a video-on- demand channel that aims to goose the independent filmmaking marketplace. Intertainer said it will offer the service via its Web site, and allow filmmakers to submit short- and feature-length films and set their own prices for consumers.

TollBridge, Arris cross the VoIP gap together

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hoping to bridge the cable IP telephony gap together, Arris and TollBridge Technologies have inked a re-seller deal under which Arris will market TollBridge's TB300 gateway to operators worldwide. Arris will also integrate the product into its CompleteVoice cable telephony system, which is comprised of PacketCable-compliant components such as multimedia terminal adapters and cable modem termin...

Toshiba takes domestic DOCSIS lead in Q1

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. shipped 430,000 DOCSIS cable modems in North America during the first quarter of 2002, supplanting Motorola Broadband for the first time as the top mover of the equipment in the region, reported research firm Kinetic Strategies Inc. In addition to a strong first quarter, Toshiba's rise to the top was buoyed by the fact that Motorola Broadband's DOCSIS m...

T-minus now for Altrio

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cable television customers in Pasadena, Calif. now have a choice in service providers, with the April launch of voice/video/data services from overbuilder Altrio Communications. Altrio offers traditional television, video-on-demand, and high-speed data, along with local and long distance telephone in a service bundle being marketed in Pasadena and the nearby city of Arcadia.


Pace and Ucentric make an entertaining duo

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pace Micro Technology and Ucentric Systems have teamed to combine their respective hardware and software to deliver digital entertainment applications via wireline and wireless home networks. Pace will integrate its digital home gateway gear with Ucentric's media distribution software platform and applications.

MSOs back Syndeo's big 'C' round

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Softswitch vendor Syndeo Corp. said it raised $75 million in C-round funding, led by the venture arms of several large MSOs, including Comcast Corp., AOL Time Warner, Cox Communications, Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications. Other equity investors include Scientific-Atlanta and YAS Broadband Ventures.

SusCom launches S-A's Classic Games platform

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Can interactive services be the life preserver digital needs? Susquehanna Communications (SusCom) thinks so, following a launch of Scientific-Atlanta's Classic Games platform in York and Williamsport, Pa. and Brunswick, Maine. There, SusCom's monthly churn rates are down an average of two percentage points.

Top-10 MSOs pledge support to Powell's plan

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association said the industry's 10 largest MSOs have pledged their "strong and enthusiastic" support for a voluntary digital television plan drawn up earlier this year by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell. In a letter to Powell, NCTA President and CEO Robert Sachs wrote that the operators have "committed their resources to spu...

Jedai gets 'bizy'

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Getting enterprise customers on-net with optical Ethernet access solutions is a goal network operators may be closer to meeting with the release of a new access switch router from start-up Jedai Broadband Networks. Following extensive lab and field-testing with undisclosed MSOs, Jedai released its FrontRunner 3200 intelligent edge access switch router, which also houses integrated TDM telephony...

Diva's cable affiliates not hitting panic button

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Diva Systems Corp.'s cable affiliates said this week that the demise of the video-on-demand vendor won't cause the companies to hit the panic button in their existing VOD markets. Diva, already buried under a $500 million deficit, filed Chapter 11 on Wednesday. Leading interactive program guide provider Gemstar-TV Guide International then agreed to acquire Diva's software and technology assets ...

Delisting news pummels Adelphia's stock

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Adelphia Communications Corp. saga continues to unfold. The latest: The MSO has defaulted on loan terms and its stock is set to be delisted on Monday from the Nasdaq. The Nasdaq Stock Market has put Adelphia on notice that it plans to delist the MSO's stock on at the opening of the market on Monday, June 3.


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