Proponents of interactive television services are hoping that some of the early iTV successes in the U.K. and Europe will carry over to the North American market. More people are using their televisions to play along with game shows, bet on live sporting events and shop in the U.K. than in any other country in the world.
Tylite Inc., a designer of Ethernet over fiber networks, says it has developed a subscriber demarcation box and fiber optic system design that allow network providers to deliver high-speed Internet and broadcast video services over an Ethernet fiber network. This product is primarily aimed at municipalities, Public Utility Districts (PUDs) and residential developers, Tylite executives say.
The very public trials and tribulations of their parent company notwithstanding, Adelphia Business Solutions is trumpeting some initial success as leader of a program to network Pennsylvania state government offices and agencies. ABS, the business services spin-off of troubled parent Adelphia Communications, leads a consortium of 13 companies in a project to bring high-bandwidth voice, data, In...
Getting through CableLabs with a passing grade for the complex DOCSIS 1.1 specification apparently is becoming old hat. Following certification wave 22, CableLabs said it certified or re-certified eight cable modems and qualified or re-qualified nine cable modem termination systems for DOCSIS 1.1, which underlies cable's IP-based PacketCable platform.
Hoping to spur the powerline home networking sector, Cogency Semiconductor has launched a HomePlug wall adapter reference design with a USB interface. Cogency said it will sell the design and manufacturing kit to consumer electronics companies for about $25,000. Each kit includes all relevant manufacturing support materials, including schematics, bill of materials and layout guideline.
Pioneer Cable and Communications Group has added its name to the short list of companies to sign the CableLabs Point of Deployment Host Interface License Agreement. The PHILA agreement gives Pioneer access to Motorola Broadband's proprietary DFAST (Dynamic Feedback Arrangement Scrambling Technique) copy protection technology and configurations to build OpenCable-compliant set-top boxes that int...
MidStream Technologies hopes to take video-on- demand to the next level with a new high-density video server designed to push costs below $115 per stream, and perhaps break the $100 barrier in big volumes. The Bellevue, Wash.-based start-up also claims that its 2U-high IP2000 series server also gives more bang for the buck via a sustained throughput of 1.
A Delaware District Court jury has unanimously upheld an nCUBE Corp. patent for video-on-demand, ruling that rival vendor SeaChange International "willfully infringed the patent." The jury also ruled that SeaChange must pay nCUBE in excess of $2 million in damages, plus a seven percent royalty on all sales of infringing products after Feb.
Advent Networks and General Bandwidth said they have integrated their respective products as part of a plan to market cable telephony products to cable operators. Specifically, Advent has linked up its proprietary Ultraband system with General Bandwidth's G6 Packet Telephony Migration Platform. Together, the products will provide trunk voice lines over existing HFC for the first time, the comp...
Dan Moloney has been named president of Motorola Broadband Communications Sector, replacing company veteran Dave Robinson, who stepped down to pursue CEO-level opportunities elsewhere. An 18-year Motorola veteran (including time at General Instrument before it merged with Motorola in Jan. 2000), Moloney, the senior vice president and general manager of Motorola Broadband's IP Systems Group, wi...
Aiming to leverage a recently awarded patent, silicon maker Broadcom Corp. has filed a counterclaim against Microtune Inc., which filed a lawsuit against Broadcom early last year over tuner-on-a-chip technology. Broadcom hopes to include in the case patent No. 6,377,315, which describes a "system and method for providing a low power receiver design.
Israel-based Xtend Networks Inc. is marketing an electronics-laden overlay designed to boost a cable network's capacity by as much as 3 GHz without upgrading the network's infrastructure. The company has already found a supporter in Israeli MSO Golden Channels, which has completed a beta trial of Xtend's technology.
Wimbledon, tennis' most regal fortnight, is getting an interactive facelift this year, thanks to a collaboration between Turner Sports Inc. and the All England Lawn & Tennis Club. In addition to the usual coverage on TNT, some viewers are also getting treated to Wink-enabled polls and trivia, a VOD package that touts some classic Wimbledon matches and wireless updates from America Online.
Manhattan Digital Corp. (MDC) has inked a deal to purchase Motorola Broadband's Matamoros, Mexico-based set-top and cable modem repair business for an undisclosed sum. MDC said it expects to close the deal for the division, dubbed Ensambladora de Matamoros S.A. de C.V. (EDEMSA), by 2Q 2002.
Liberate Technologies Inc. has posted a narrower year-over-year quarterly loss, which is in line with the Street's expectations. The interactive TV platform provider posted a net loss of $68.5 million, or 64 cents a share, down from a net loss of $79.5 million, or 76 cents a share, in the comparable period a year earlier.