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Flynn-Ripley named Stargus CEO

October 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Road Runner alumna Meredith Flynn-Ripley has taken over the reins as president and CEO of cable network management provider Stargus Inc. She replaces Russ Stephens, who recently left the company to pursue other interests. A former MediaOne Group exec, Flynn-Ripley helped start up the Road Runner high-speed Internet service, and served as vice president of corporate development there for several...

NDS, DirecTV trade punches over conditional access tech

October 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

One thing is for certain in the conditional access technology sector for DBS receivers: lawyers on all sides are getting paid. The latest legal barb was launched today by NDS Limited, the technology unit of media monolith News Corp., against North American DBS provider DirecTV Inc. NDS filed the countersuit in response to a suit DirecTV initiated last September in U.

DSL a bright spot for BellSouth

October 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Matt Stump | Comments

DSL was one of the lone bright spots in the third-quarter earnings call from BellSouth Corp., as the telco added 121,000 subscribers, a more than 50 percent jump over last year's 82,000 additions and second quarter 2002's 74,000. BellSouth chief financial officer Ron Dykes said the company is taking 40 percent to 50 percent broadband market share in the company's DSL markets.


Nortel to deploy PacketCable telephony in Spain

October 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Spanish cable operator TeleCable de Asturias has chosen Nortel Networks to upgrade its existing telecommunications infrastructure to a converged voice and data network that conforms to CableLabs' PacketCable specification. Under terms of the deal, Nortel will assist TeleCable's migration from its existing cable network to a high-performance optical backbone, leveraging voice-over-IP technology ...

EchoStar, Hughes revise merger plan

October 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Sallie Hofmeister | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…10/22/2002 In an effort to save their proposed $ 18-billion satellite-TV merger, EchoStar Communications Corp. and Hughes Electronics Corp. filed a revised plan Monday with federal regulators that will clear the way for new competition, said people familiar with the filing.

TComLabs slates IPCablecom interop event

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

The European version of packet telephony over cable TV networks will get its first tryout during the first IPCablecom interoperability event, slated to occur Jan. 6-10, 2003 at the tComLabs facility in Ghent, Belgium. This inaugural event will focus on IPCablecom, Europe's version of the PacketCable specification.

Cable outlines common operating standards

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In response to pressure being applied by Wall Street and as part of an effort to regain investor confidence in the cable sector, almost a dozen MSOs pledged support of new voluntary guidelines for consistent operating statistics. The guidelines, established with the support of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), are outlined as follows: • The identification of ...

Cisco, ADC score CMTS deals

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. and ADC Telecommunications both announced cable deals for their respective cable modem termination system (CMTS) products Monday. Cisco said Charter Communications Inc. has selected the vendor's DOCSIS 1.1-qualified uBR10012 CMTS in anticipation that the MSO will serve more than 1 million cable subscribers by year-end 2002.


MidStream taps cable vets for tech board

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Video-on-demand start-up MidStream Technologies has formed a new technical advisory board comprised of several cable industry veterans. The disclosed members are: • Technical Advisory Board Chairman Stephen Dukes, president and CEO of Imaginary Universes LLC. Dukes has held several executive positions at top MSOs during this more than 26-year engineering career, including positions at Med...

Old is new with ReplayTV 5000 series

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Hard-drive video recorders were supposed to revolutionize the way we watch TV, remember? But since the initial hype for digital video recorders (DVRs) began to wane, and the early adopters gobbled up all of the first iterations of DVR boxes, device makers in the space have struggled to create solid business models that will profitably bring the technology into more of the mainstream.

Consumer Groups: FCC uses wrong standard to measure subscribers

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…10/21/2002 As clock ticks nearer to 180-day mark on proposed merger of AT&T Broadband and Comcast, coalition of consumer groups is challenging FCC's standard in determining subscriber numbers. "Recent disclosures of questionable subscriber counts and even outright fraud by multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) d...

CE industry surprised at Panasonic's DTV-Cable Deal

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Mark Seavy | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…10/21/2002 Consumer electronics executives reacted with shock and dismay to Panasonic's signing of the POD-HOST Interface Licensing Agreement (PHILA) last week, but said it wouldn't affect negotiations with cable industry on interoperability standards.

Time Warner buys Terayon's DOCSIS 2.0-based modems

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Known in years past as the division within Time Warner Cable that launched the "Full Service Network" trial for once-green interactive services, the MSO's Central Florida division announced Monday the addition of DOCSIS 2.0-based cable modems from Terayon Communication Systems to its high-speed Internet mix.

A CableLabs first: Vendors make initial run at DOCSIS 2.0, CableHome 1.0 in wave 24

October 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The launch of certification wave 24 at CableLabs is shaping up to be a harbinger of sorts for the future of advanced cable services, as several vendors stepped forward to become the first to submit products for official testing on DOCSIS 2.0 and CableHome 1.0. On the DOCSIS 2.0 front, Motorola Broadband, Scientific-Atlanta, Terayon Communication Systems, Texas Instruments and Xrosstech all subm...

Intertainer to subs: Good-bye for now

October 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In an e-mail sent to subscribers on Oct. 17 with "Good-bye for Now!" in the subject line, entertainment-on-demand company Intertainer Inc. said it plans to take its Web site down on Oct. 23 until it can iron out a "fair business model" with movie studios that are the subject of an Intertainer-led antitrust lawsuit.


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