Broadband Briefs for 08/10/09

Mon, 08/10/2009 - 8:00am

• Netgear’s Home Theater Internet kit now available
By Brian Santo

Netgear introduced its powerline networking kit for turning electrical power outlets into high-speed Internet and home network connections. Announced at the CES show in January, the Home Theater Internet Connection Kit  makes it possible to connect multiple Ethernet-enabled entertainment devices (e.g., gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, HDTVs, media streaming set-top boxes) to the Internet and the home network.

Netgear’s new Home Theatre Connection system
Source: Netgear

Powerline connection can reach up to 200 Mbps, enabling HD video streaming, Internet gaming and large file transfers to networked devices in the home theater. The kit contains one Powerline AV Adapter with a four-port Ethernet Switch and one Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter. The four ports have built-in prioritization, which Netgear is calling port-based quality of service (QoS).

Setting up from scratch will cost $179.99. Extending a Powerline network can cost as little as $69.99.

• Infineon division renamed Lantiq
By Brian Santo

Infineon's Wireline Communication (WLC) division, once sold to Golden Gate Capital, will be renamed Lantiq after the closing of the previously announced transaction. The deal is expected to close in the fall.

Lantiq’s portfolio of chip designs (the semiconductor vendor is fabless) includes infrastructure and home networking products ranging from ADSL and VDSL to network processors, VoIP and DECT.

• AT&T lands in Greenville, Asheville
By Brian Santo

AT&T has begun to make U-verse available in parts of Greenville and Asheville, S.C. The company will be offering video, voice and data service in select neighborhoods.

AT&T is now commonly offering U-verse Total Home DVR; an HD channel lineup with access to 110 HD channels; the ability to program DVR recordings from Web-connected mobile phones or PCs; and personalized, on-screen weather, sports, traffic and stock information via AT&T U-bar, among other features.

More Broadband Direct 08/10/09:
•  Vendors team up on new inventory management platform
•  Tandberg flexes three-screen muscle with demos
•  DirecTV talks with Comcast about TV Everywhere
•  Comcast bulks up multi-platform sports lineup, adds
•  Videtron picks Syniverse for mobile features
•  SCTE seeks seminar proposals for Canadian Summit
•  Harmonic gear snags magazine award
•  Nortel CEO steps down
•  TiVo decision cuts Dish's Q2 profit
•  Broadband Briefs for 08/10/09



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