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Net2Phone, Liberty Cablevision launch Phase II of VoIP trial

December 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Net2Phone Inc. and Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico said they have launched phase two of an IP telephony trial, making the advanced service available to as many as 4,000 of the MSO's subscribers. The companies, for the first time on the operator's network, will test the scalability of the VoIP platform and try out an integrated billing system.

Microsoft notches first IPG launches

December 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

After unveiling a new interactive program guide for "thin client" digital boxes at May's National Cable Show, Microsoft Corp. said Friday that it has secured its first launches for the new product. Microsoft said Uvision LLC and Willamette Broadband LLC, which serve a combined 20,000 cable subscribers just south of Portland, Ore.

Will HDTV Be Under Your Tree?

December 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Michael E. Hill | Comments

Copyright 2002 Newsday Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)…12/05/2002 Lexis Nexis So, with the holidays bearing down on us, the gift-giving season in full swing, a question arises for some households: Is this the year to treat the family to a high-definition television? It's a question many fear to ask without first getting the answer to a more basic question: If I spend four figures for a high-d...

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New limits on cable ownership just about ready, Ferree says

December 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…12/06/2002 Lexis Nexis ANAHEIM — The FCC Media Bureau is on the verge of sending a report and order (R&O) to the 8th floor that will propose new rules to limit the extent that cable companies can grow, Bureau Chief Kenneth Ferree said Wednesday.

Convergys restructures, plans layoffs for 2003

December 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Billing and customer care systems provider Convergys said that it was undertaking a series of cost-cutting measures that will take the form of workforce layoffs and a restructuring charge in the range of $90 million to $110 million for the fourth quarter. With regard to the layoffs, Convergys said it would go ahead with a reduction in force that will eliminate approximately 950 professional and...

Interactive trade group names board

December 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Interactive Television Alliance, a group formed of executives from some of the leading companies in the interactive television services sphere, recently named the members of its board of directors. Like the group's diverse make-up, the new board reflects broad industry diversity as well. Led by iTV vet Art Cohen of ACTV, and co-chaired by TV producer Karen Lennon of Beyond Z, the group's bo...

Western Show's guarded optimism runs in stride with advanced services

December 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Though the numbers were down at this show, the folks who made the pilgrimage to Anaheim this week were guardedly optimistic about the broadband sector at large, hoping that the economy has finally reached the bottom of the bathtub. Although a far cry from the 17,000 who were in attendance here last year, those who did make it (9,947 folks, according to the CCTA) did see that cable has plenty to...

Sony aims to break conditional access logjam

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Sony Corp. provided a rare buzz at the Broadband Plus Show in Anaheim, Calif. yesterday by announcing a technology it claims can give cable operators safe passage out of the "two sizes fits all" world of digital video conditional access and open up the market to more set-top box makers. Sony's Passage system provides a way to create two versions of encryption that can flow side by side in a dig...

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Path 1 expands on-demand product line

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

IP video equipment provider Path 1 Network Technologies Inc. debuted its new Chameleon vidX product line, which is designed to allow cable operators to grow services and adapt to change as they plan for an "everything-on-demand" environment. Four of the top five cable MSOs are currently utilizing Path 1 devices in their IP VOD deployments.

Broadcom, Motorola re-up chip deal

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola Broadband said it has tapped Broadcom Corp. as its "primary supplier" of silicon for Motorola's DOCSIS 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0-based SURFboard cable modems through 2003. The deal extends an earlier agreement between the two companies. Motorola inked a second-source silicon deal for cable modems with Texas Instruments earlier this year.

Pace signs on as Motorola MediaCipher licensee for DVB set-top

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola Inc. Broadband Communications Sector has signed up Pace Micro Technology as its first licensee for the MediaCipher SmartCard conditional access (MCSC) technology. Pace intends to use the technology as an option on its DVB-compliant digital cable home gateways. The Motorola MCSC platform, designed for DVB systems, allows operators to launch a variety of value-added services by supportin...

Study: Global cable modem market rose in Q3

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Worldwide shipments of cable modems totaled more than 3 million units in the third quarter of 2002, a 19.4 percent boost versus the same period last year, Gartner Dataquest reported. Worldwide shipments of the gear totaled 2.5 million units in the third quarter of 2001. "North America continues to see strong demand for cable broadband access services in the third quarter of 2002, and shipments ...

Sony shows off Digeo media center

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Suddenly hot with cable set-top news, Sony Electronics unveiled several new models, including one based on Digeo Inc. 's media center design. Under that scheme, a master set-top shares its resources and applications with smaller (and less expensive) units that are bound via a home network. Sony said that model, the DHG-MC75, will house Sony's new "Passage" conditional access system, and feature...

Ucentric offers incremental path to whole-house PVR

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Ucentric Systems is one of the leading proponents of the concept of whole-house video networking and shared PVR, but one of the roadblocks to their ultimate success has been operator reticence to get to that stage in one fail swoop. In response, the software company has added a modular software solution to their mix, the FlexMedia LAN software platform, which allows operators to deploy PVR-enab...

NCC, Visible World team on targeted ads

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Spot cable rep firm National Cable Communications has teamed with Visible World, a media service provider focused on "addressable advertising" in television, and digital video system provider SeaChange International o test dynamic-customized advertising to interconnected U.S. cable television markets.

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