BigBand Networks has rolled out its new router, the Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR), which allows video, audio and data to be directed in their native formats. "The router is capable of routing different types of media services, like broadcast video, Internet access and VOD, and respecting their different natures and processes," Marcia Bana, director of communications for BigBand, tol...
It's beginning to look like open-access is the way of the future and ADC is laying the groundwork for making those free rides easier on the Time Warners and AT&Ts of the world. The company has enhanced its cable modem termination system products to make it easier for cable operators to support open access for subscriber flexibility.
…make the robot do it. Yet another plus of modern technology: when it comes time to lay fiber-optic cable in big city sewers, send in a machine without a nose, nor enhanced by iSmell. Canadian-based Stream Intelligent Networks has developed a specialized robotic technology, called STAR, (Sewage Telecommunications Access by Robot), to install high-speed fiber-optic networks in both storm s...
C-Cube has introduced a new family of integrated cable front-end chips - according to the company, the first ever - designed to support all major world cable standards. The two chips, part of the MultiLynx line, let set-top box and cable modem manufacturers design a single product that can be deployed on any two-way broadband cable network anywhere in the world.
WideOpenWest is riding out into open territory and rounding 'em up. Just a few weeks after winning the right to overbuild monopolies in Greeley and Colorado Springs, Colo., the up and coming cable company headed down to Texas and has signed on to offer broadband services to Lewisville. The agreement gives WOW 400,000 households within seven area franchises.
A blizzard of entertainment will fall on 1,000 hotel rooms in Anchorage, Alaska. SeaChange 's GuestServe Network System will bring VOD, interactive gaming, e-mail and other Internet services hotel guests can warm to. General Communications chose SeaChange's system to move hotel room entertainment beyond the basic pay-per-view movie.
The FCC is considering moving up a deadline prohibiting cable operators from deploying advanced set-tops to subscribers. The deadline is currently set for Jan. 1, 2005, but Circuit City and other retailers want it moved up to 2003. The retailers are complaining that the extended deadline is hampering competition in the set-top box market.
Customers of Texas Instruments' Bluetooth-enabled cable solutions now have a choice in operation systems. TI has added Jungo Software Technologies' Linux residential gateway software to TI's broadband cable modems. The Linux-based gateway offers many services including home networking, VOIP, network management, virtual private network and security.
The numbers are in and tell the whole story. Digital cable service is the entertainment option of choice for more than seven million entertainment-hungry Americans. The discriminating subscriber likes the major channel selection, iTV capabilities and other advanced services in development that digital cable offers.
Everything's bigger in Texas, including the fines for cutting your competitors phone line. A Texas jury has ordered Denver-based Qwest to pay AT&T $350 million in punitive damages for cutting a phone line three times in 1997. Qwest immediately bucked the fine for the slice and dice job, saying it violated a Texas statute that caps punitive damage amounts.
What you want to watch, when you want it. ReplayTV and AT&T Broadband are offering DVRs (digital video recorders, also known as PDRs, personal digital recorders) to trial groups of subs in Denver and Boston later this month. As spokespersons were unavailable for comment, CED is not sure who gets to try out the new DVRs.
AT&T confirmed rumors that it will spin off Liberty Media Group as a separate company by 2Q 2001. AT&T acquired Liberty when it purchased TCI from then chairman and CEO, John Malone, aka "The Doctor." Malone has since sat at the head of Liberty, its tracking stock struggling under the downward tug of AT&T.
Entertainment meld. That's the goal of a new alliance between Excite@Home and MTVi, the dot com arm of MTV. The two companies plan to blend entertainment content and high-speed Web use access in a new site offering music video clips, news and downloads. The music-oriented content is tailored for those with broadband connections, but the less fortunate users of dial-up can still access the fun s...
New iTV technologies top the list of to dos for Liberate and nCUBE. The two companies have hooked up to integrate nCUBE's VOD technology with the Liberate TV Platform software for lower-powered digital set-top boxes. The collaboration aims to help network operators increase their speed-to-market time of iTV services.
Lucent 's new product, VitalAccess, is many things to many providers. VitalAccess is a multi-vendor software product broadband service providers can utilize to deliver Internet access, multimedia and VOIP to their customers. VitalAccess is a subscriber activation and management system that helps cable and broadband wireless operators, and DSL and fiber-to-the-home providers cut provisioning cos...