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AOLTW digests gigantic loss; Ted Turner to step down

January 29, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2003 P.G. Publishing Co. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...01/30/2003 BRIAN BERGSTEIN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fourth-quarter losses skyrocketed at AOL Time Warner Inc. after a staggering $45.5 billion charge to account for the struggling media conglomerate's plunging value. The company also announced yesterday that former cable TV mogul Ted Turner was stepping down as vice chairman.

Hughes Europe signs another Direcway reseller

January 29, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Plans at satellite company Hughes Network Systems are to launch a new Ka-band two-way satellite broadband service called Spaceway next year to enterprise customers, but its European subsidiary is still signing up resellers for its Ku-band-based Direcway service in the meantime. The latest provider to sign up with Direcway service is Czech Republic operator Pegas Wireless s.

SureWest replaces Intertainer with TVN

January 29, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

SureWest Communications has tapped TVN Entertainment to replace down-and-out Intertainer as its video-on-demand content and transport supplier. SureWest, which snapped up the assets of overbuilder Winfirst last year for cents on the dollar, offers VOD, high-speed data and telephony services to about 5,660 customers in Sacramento, Calif.

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Sensenbrenner bill seeks to block DTV tuner transition

January 29, 2003 7:00 pm | by Terry Lane | Comments

Copyright 2003 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily...01/30/2003 Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), chmn. of Judiciary Committee, introduced bill that would prohibit FCC from enforcing its order to require that DTV tuners be installed in all TVs by 2007, but House sources said it was very unlikely to gain momentum.

TiVo will push 20th Century Fox promos to subscribers

January 29, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Subscribers to the TiVo Inc. digital video recording service will have access to exclusive promotional content for upcoming 20th Century Fox films. Under terms of the deal, Fox Studios will "push" promotional campaign content for five upcoming films over the course of 2003, including full-length theatrical trailers, exclusive interviews, music videos associated with the films, and other behind-...

MPLS, Frame Relay forums to become one

January 29, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Multiprotocol Label Switching Forum and the Frame Relay Forum intend to merge into one organization. The combined organization, initially to be known as the MPLS and Frame Relay Alliance, will ask members of both groups to approve the union. The greenlight on the merger could be given in the next two months, the organizations said.

Adelphia board greenlights Denver HQ move

January 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Denver, once considered cable's capital, might get to hang on to the last shreds of that claim if a decision by the Adelphia Communications board to move the MSO's corporate headquarters to the Mile High City passes muster with a bankruptcy judge. Ending weeks of speculation, Adelphia announced the board authorization late Tuesday afternoon.

Spaceway targets mid-2004 launch

January 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

With all of the recent news that will likely save struggling Ka-band startups like WildBlue Communications and AstroLink from the financial brink, it's easy to forget that Spaceway, Hughes Network Systems' advanced satellite project, remains fully funded and prepped for launch sometime next year. With funding in hand and the technical details nearly ironed out, the first Spaceway bird is slated...

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Revenues, shipments drop at Com21

January 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Broadband equipment provider Com21 Inc. said revenues and shipments dropped significantly in the fourth quarter of 2002. Com21 reported revenues of $6.1 million, down 52 percent from $12.7 million in the previous period, while pro forma gross margins dropped three points to 19 percent. The company's pro forma net loss widened to $5.

CSG Systems reports quarterly growth, yearly income decline

January 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Customer care and billing systems provider CSG Systems announced the results of its fourth quarter financials, citing revenue growth, but lower earnings. For the quarter most recently ended, CSG claimed revenues of $155.2 million, a 31 percent increase from the same-year period. CSG directly cited the company's recent acquisition of Lucent Technologies' Kenan/BP billing and customer care system...

EarthLink to cut 25% of workers, shut call centers; The ISP will outsource for dial-up customer support. Its Pasadena center will lose 485 jobs.

January 28, 2003 7:00 pm | by David Colker | Comments

Copyright 2003 The Times Mirror Company; Los Angeles Times All Rights Reserved Los Angeles Times...01/29/2003 Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. will lay off 1,300 employees — about 25% of its workforce — and shut down its entire customer support operation for dial-up customers, company officials said Tuesday.

Concurrent, Manticom complete VOD interop

January 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Concurrent Computer Corp. and broadband transport firm Manticom Networks said they have completed interoperability certification between Concurrent's line of MediaHawk video servers and Manticom's GigE-based Scorpion 4104 platform. Manticom claims its platform, which scales from 2.5 Gbps to 20 Gbps, can push VOD economics below $35 per-provisioned subscriber.

Adelphia Business Solutions to sell off some assets

January 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The problems at MSO Adelphia Communications have been well documented, but its business services arm seems to be well on the way of emerging in decent shape after its bankruptcy restructuring process is complete. Part of that restructuring will include the sale of select assets in nine previously closed markets, it was announced, as a result of a recent ruling in bankruptcy court.

VOD added to Next Level telco TV platform

January 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Cable providers have the telephone companies in their sights, adding voice to their video bundles and competing head-to-head in a number of markets. However, their telco competitors are busy debugging video-over-copper technologies, and a couple of telco providers who are farther along are actually demonstrating video-on-demand over the emerging platform.

Verizon, consumer groups expound on FCC's UNE proceeding

January 27, 2003 7:00 pm | by Edie Herman | Comments

Copyright 2003 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily...01/28/2003 With FCC's UNE proceeding heating up, Verizon and group of consumer organizations held back-to-back news briefings Mon., each explaining outcome they would like to see from Commission's expected action in mid-Feb. Draft order in agency's Triennial UNE Review began to circulate among commissioners late last week, occasionin...

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