SONICblue Inc. was looking for a way to add some more bells and whistles to its new line of ReplayTV 5000 digital video recorders, and has turned to Universal Electronics Inc. to make it happen. The newly signed agreement calls for UEI to provide a custom-designed wireless controller and embedded connectivity software that will enable a direct link from the DVR to cable and satellite set-tops.
Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…10/24/2002 From LexisNexis SEATTLE —Microsoft Corp.'s biggest push yet to lure customers to its Internet subscription service kicks off today with Chairman Bill Gates and rocker Lenny Kravitz touting the coolness of MSN 8 in New York's Central Park.
Broadband communications training outfit NCTI has rolled out a new program intended to give basic knowledge to new installers. The Quick Start Installer program was designed with inexperienced installers in mind. The program is geared to help installers master specific skills usually learns during the first 90 days of employment.
It's a marriage between audio books and cable modems, and Toshiba America Information Systems and Audible Inc. believe it will be a match made in broadband heaven. Toshiba's Network Products Division has struck an agreement with Audible Inc., a provider of downloadable, spoken audio, to co-market their products.
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, an industry group working to specify home networking gear that operates over traditional residential electrical wiring, is gearing up for the next version of its technical specification. The new standard, dubbed HomePlug AV, will be designed to support the distribution of data and multi-stream entertainment for both standard-definition and high-definition televi...
Next year may be the year for broadband wireless, one analysis says. Wireless ISPs plan to spend $1.1 billion on broadband wireless products and services over the next 12 to 18 months, according to a new research study conducted by BWE Research Services, the research arm of Broadband Wireless Exchange Inc.
Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Austin American-Statesman Austin American-Statesman…10/22/2002 From LexisNexis Time Warner Cable has begun to offer another service for Austin-area customers: digital video program recording that takes place inside the cable set-top control box.
Attention hockey fans, NHL.com has teamed with CinemaNow Inc. to deliver on-demand hockey highlights. The on-demand service gives hockey fans access to streaming video highlights from almost every NHL game, classic NHL moments, previews of titles from the NHL Home Video library and a behind-the-scenes look at NHL teams and players.
Telco Bell Canada wants to expand its bundled data and video service offering, and has extended an existing contract with Next Level Communications Inc. to make it happen. Under the terms of the three-year contract extension, Bell Canada will use Next Level's Full Service Access Platform broadband access equipment to continue the rollout of data and video services to apartments and condominiums...
Cable operators eye opening digital channels to local advertisers as a source of revenue. Terayon Communication Systems Inc. has teamed with nCUBE Corp. to now include high-definition television in the mix. The companies have developed an HD ad insertion system built on Terayon's DM 6400 Network CherryPicker and nCUBE's DPI Premium System.
Lucent Technologies Inc.'s ongoing attempt to reach break-even revenue of $2.5 billion per quarter led to another quarterly loss. The telecom equipment giant posted a fourth quarter net loss of net loss of $2.81 billion, or 84 cents a share, compared to a net loss of $8.8 billion, or $2.59 a share, in the same quarter in 2001.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.