Broadband Briefs for 12/16/08

Tue, 12/16/2008 - 7:00am

U-verse TV tallies millionth customer
By Brian Santo

AT&T said it has signed up its millionth U-verse TV customer. The subscriber milestone comes less than two and a half years after the company introduced the service. AT&T said U-verse TV has been deployed in 79 major markets across 16 states.

"Reaching this milestone, in this short time period, further validates our video strategy and shows that we're providing customers with a better choice and a better experience than cable," said Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We're using our all-IP U-verse platform and our wireless assets to give customers what they want, in a way that no one else can."

In 2008, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets introduced several features, including Total Home DVR, and the ability to record up to four programs at once and schedule recordings from a PC or wireless device at once.

AT&T Mobile TV debuts in Albany
By Traci Patterson

AT&T has launched Mobile TV service in Albany, N.Y., giving its subscribers access to news, sports, entertainment and kids TV programming. The company is offering a one-month free trial for new subscribers.

AT&T Mobile TV, powered by MediaFlo USA, delivers continuous streaming, full-length live TV programming and sporting events to mobile phones from the following: CBS Mobile, CNBC, Comedy Central, ESPN Mobile TV, FOX News, FOX Mobile, NBC 2Go, MSNBC, MTV, Nickelodeon, CNN Mobile and PIX.

The service is available on four handsets exclusive to AT&T: the Samsung Access, Samsung Eternity, LG Invision and LG Vu. AT&T customers can flip from one channel to the next using a program guide.

Anritsu adds plug-in cards to MP1800 Series
By Traci Patterson

Anritsu Co. has enhanced its MP1800 Series of test solutions for analyzing optical and digital devices operating at up to 100G with new plug-in cards.

The 28 Gbit/s 1-channel MUX/DEMUX, 28 Gbit/s 2-channel MUX/DEMUX, 14 Gbit/s PPG/ED and 14 GHz Clock Distributor are easily integrated into the MP1800 and provide designers and manufacturers of optical modulation devices/components and other digital devices with a single solution for testing high-speed products.

The new cards take advantage of the MP1800’s modular platform architecture and help create a flexible test environment for ultra-high-speed bit error rate (BER) measurement, the company said. With the options, the MP1800 can evaluate next-generation IFs supporting frequencies of up to 28 Gbit/s; direct-drive EML using high-quality, high-amplitude waveforms of up to 3.5 Vp-p; and skew, emphasis and crosstalk effects of up to 28 Gbit/s.

More Broadband Direct:

• SES Americom to shutter IP Prime service

• Virgin Media launches 50 Mbps service

• Concurrent connects with Invidi, Biap for interactive ads

• Report: Qwest an attractive target

• Vudu bows new Internet applications platform

• Telstra DQ'd from Oz broadband plan

• SCTE taking nominations for 7 open board seats

• Broadband Briefs for 12/16/08


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