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Broadband Briefs for 12/08/08

Mon, 12/08/2008 - 7:00am

Charter’s Nathanson resigns from board
By Traci Patterson

Charter Communications announced that Marc B. Nathanson has resigned from its board of directors, effective Dec. 1. The MSO said that his position on the board will not be replaced at this time.

"With 40 years of cable industry experience, Marc has served as vice chairman and been a valuable member of Charter's board for more than eight years," said Paul G. Allen, chairman of the board and controlling shareholder of Charter. "We appreciate his many contributions to Charter and wish him well in future endeavors."

Nathanson said that he is resigning to make more time available for other personal and business interests. "My resignation is also the end to a long chapter of my life that I have been associated with the dynamic growth of the cable TV industry. I believe Charter and the other cable companies have made enormous technological achievements that benefit the American consumer."

BigBand SDV supports more client devices
By Brian Santo

BigBand Networks has a new switched digital video (SDV) release that expands the range of user devices an SDV network can support. The same product is suitable for both Comcast’s and Time Warner Cable’s advanced network architectures.

"SDV economics and performance are more important than ever," said Biren Sood, BigBand's vice president of marketing and business development. "In response, this release eases the underlying communication between devices and eliminates the need to worry about support for a specific protocol. The new features will simplify SDV infrastructure and help improve the time-to-market and overall operations of switched networks."

The latest product enhancement boasts dual, simultaneous client support for both Comcast and Time Warner Cable SDV protocols within a single service group, BigBand said. The capability is important in achieving a unified platform for all SDV configurations to simplify the implementation and operation of switched networks.

TiVo, Netflix subs can now stream content to TVs
By Traci Patterson

TiVo subscribers with a TiVo Series3, TiVo HD or TiVo HD XL digital video recorder, and who also subscribe to Netflix, now have access to thousands of movies and TV shows that can be instantly streamed from Netflix to their TV.

\The service is being offered at no additional charge to customers who subscribe to both services. Subscribers can now browse through an expanding library of more than 12,000 movies and TV episodes at Netflix.com, add them to their Netflix instant Queue, and then watch them on TV via the TiVo remote.

TiVo’s partnership with Netflix was announced in October (story here). At that time, the two companies were initiating a test of the new service in several thousand households across the nation.

AT&T launches U-verse Voice in Madison
By Traci Patterson

AT&T has launched its U-verse Voice service in parts of Madison, Wis.

U-verse Voice brings together AT&T’s wireline, wireless, broadband and TV services – all on one bill – with features including: a single, combined voice mailbox for U-verse Voice and AT&T wireless messages; an online portal to manage call preferences and settings from any PC; an online address book; Click to Call; and call history on the PC and TV screens.

Customers can choose from two U-verse Voice calling plans: AT&T U-verse Voice Unlimited for $30 per month, and AT&T U-verse Voice 1000 for $25 per month.

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