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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Trio to tackle PBS ITV trials

October 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A trio of companies will team on trials for Public Broadcasting Service's interactive Life 360 launch, starting Friday. Under the deal, Zenith Electronics Corp. will supply set-top boxes to about 100 homes for the trials. Triveni Digital will supply the SkyScraper DataFab data broadcasting system to insert data into the DTV transmission.

MFN lands $611 M, moves execs, lowers guidance

October 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Metromedia Fiber Network Inc. completed the $611 million financing package it's been working on for months. The deal includes a $150 million note purchase led by Citicorp and $230 million in convertible debt financing, of which $180 million is purchased by affiliates and $50 million by an unnamed Verizon Communications subsidiary.

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Two takers tap Concurrent's MediaHawk

October 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Concurrent Computer Corp. crafted two new deals for its MediaHawk Broadband VOD System, it reports. Blue Ridge Communications will use the system on the Scientific-Atlanta digital cable platform and Mediacom Communications Corp. will use it on Motorola's DCT-2000. Blue Ridge plans plans its first deployment early next year, with VOD services rolled out during through 2002 to customers in Stroud...

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Editor's Note: The DEADLINE APPROACHES

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Know anyone doing anything innovative with fiber optics? How about high-speed data? Now you can recognize that someone — but only through today. Log on to the SCTE's Web site to nominate a colleague, mentor or other. Through Monday, SCTE will accept nominations for the prestigious Polaris Award and Star of Integrity award, which will be presented during the upcoming annual Conference on E...

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Changes for CED

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Magazine masthead watchers will notice that CED magazine has reorganized its editorial staff. Under the restructuring, Jeff Baumgartner returns to CED from Multichannel News, where he was broadband editor. As CED's new assistant editor, Baumgartner will assist Editorial Director Roger Brown with issue planning and story assignments, in addition to his writing duties.

Metabyte Cashes in on Canal+, S-A

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Metabyte Networks Inc. said it raised $10 million in series B financing led by Canal+ Technologies and Scientific-Atlanta Inc. In turn, Canal+ said it would marry Metabyte's "MbTV" personalization technology with its MediaHighway middleware and personal video recording platform. With most of its deployment success coming outside U.

CacheVision Emerges, ReplayTV Reset

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CacheVision Inc. finally opened its kimono this summer to reveal a three-pronged personal video recording strategy with components ranging from software, storage modules and stand-alone and sidecar boxes. CacheVision, the product of a 50-50 joint venture between hard drive maker Seagate Technology and consumer electronics giant Thomson Multimedia, won't solely set its sites on the PVR.

A Novo Gears for Set-Top Repairs

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A Novo Broadband Inc. forked over about $8 million plus assumed debt to acquire Broadband Services Inc.'s equipment repair division, giving A Novo repair access to analog and digital set-tops built by Motorola Broadband Communications Sector and Scientific-Atlanta Inc. A Novo quickly followed the BSI purchase with a deal to acquire Pace Micro Technology plc's UK-based service and repair busines...

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Intel Gets to the AnyPoint

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Intel Corp. has unveiled a line of "AnyPoint Wireless II" home networking products, opting as expected to use the 802.11b protocol. Intel's first version of the product used the slower HomeRF 1.0 platform. 802.11b transfers data at speeds as high as 11 megabits per second, enough to transport some forms of streaming video and audio.

Studios Loosen Grip on VOD Titles

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Showing signs that Hollywood is becoming a bit more comfortable with the digital domain, five major studios have teamed on a new on-demand movie distribution service that relies heavily on broadband connections. Those studios–Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Studios and Warner Bros.

Consumers Warm to Bundled Services

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Consumers spend an average of $127 each month on their cable and telecommunications services, up about four percent from the $122 reported last year, reported a new Horowitz Associates Inc. study, "Bundled Services 4." North of half (52 percent) of the study's 800 respondents said they would buy all of their existing services if they were bundled, even without any change in price.

SofaWare Touts Home Net Safety

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

SofaWare Technologies has launched Safe@Home, a consumer-targeted security management system the company will market to cable operators and Internet service providers. Safe@Home–which employs firewall technology, scans for e-mail viruses and embeds parental control features–is designed to protect every IP device on a home network.

AOL-TW Targets TV-On-Demand

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

AOL Time Warner Inc.'s newly minted interactive-video division bolted from the blocks with the goal of raising the bar on the on-demand concept. Blending a wide array of content with technical know-how, the division plans to hasten the growth of video-on-demand, subscription-VOD and other advanced applications such as IP telephony, personal video recording, multiple ISP access and targeted adv...

DOCSIS 2.0 to Bolster Upstream, Mitigate Noise

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to bolster cable return paths to 30 megabits per second in order to accommodate advanced applications like peer-to-peer and video conferencing, CableLabs said last month that it is creating a new version of the Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specification that incorporates advanced PHY modulation techniques.

Nagel Lends Palm a Hand

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Former AT&T Corp. executive David Nagel has joined Palm Inc. as president and CEO of the company's newly-formed operating system division. Nagel, who has been a Palm board member since February 2000, most recently was chief technology officer and president of AT&T Labs. In his new role, Nagel will spearhead efforts to improve the capabilities of Palm's handheld computer platform, whic...

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