Broadband Briefs for 09/02/09

Wed, 09/02/2009 - 8:00am

Comcast ups HD ante in Ore., Wash.
By Traci Patterson

Comcast has launched 64 new channels in the Oregon and southwest Washington State market, including 32 new HD channels, 23 new Spanish language channels, five new standard-definition channels and four International premium channels.

Earlier this year, Comcast launched 32 HD channels, bringing the total new HD channels launched in the past year to 64, which means viewers now get more than 100 HD channels and more than 1,000 HD choices on demand.

Comcast's 32 new HD channels include: Outdoor Channel HD, Tennis Channel HD, CBS College Sports HD, Big Ten Network HD, ESPNU HD, NBA TV HD, Headline News HD, TruTV HD, BET HD, Comedy Central HD, CMT HD, VH1 HD, MTV HD, TCM HD, MSNBC HD, Starz Edge HD, Starz Kids & Family HD, Starz Comedy HD, HBO2 HD, HBO Signature HD, HBO Family HD, HBO Latino HD, HBO Comedy HD, HBO Zone HD, More MAX HD, Action MAX HD, Thriller MAX HD, Showtime 2 HD, Showtime Showcase HD, Showtime Extreme HD, TMC HD and TMC Xtra HD.

Suddenlink picks Nortel for geo-survivability
By Traci Patterson

Suddenlink recently deployed carrier voice and multimedia solutions from Nortel for more geo-survivability in its network. Suddenlink said it is the first large, U.S.-based MSO to do so.

Earlier this year, Suddenlink enhanced its network with Nortel’s Communication Server (CS) 2000 geo-survivable configuration to split switch equipment across two locations. Initially, Suddenlink has deployed the geo-survivable configuration along the eastern seaboard, but it plans to further enhance its entire network to be 100 percent geo-survivable by early 2010.

“We continue to invest in our network infrastructure to ensure that our customers have the most reliable phone service possible. Nortel’s CS 2000 solution helps us ensure our network and services will survive even the most catastrophic events,” said Terry Cordova, senior vice president and CTO of Suddenlink.

A-L to upgrade Qwest’s network to 100G
By Brian Santo

Qwest said it’s preparing to deliver speeds of up to 100 Gbps with a new build-out being performed by Alcatel-Lucent and planned to be completed in 2010.

The new architecture Qwest is deploying is designed to reduce latency and add capacity to the core network to accommodate growth from video and other bandwidth-intensive applications, the company said.  

Qwest will deploy 100 Gbps Ethernet routers and switches out to the edge of the network, supported by Alcatel-Lucent’s optical, ultra-long-haul transport platform.

Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

Rentrak: VOD use soars in July
By Traci Patterson

According to Rentrak Corp., July saw a 19 percent year-over-year increase in overall VOD transactions and a 15 percent increase in the number of unique STBs accessing on-demand.

In July, the average minutes per day spent watching VOD increased, and the percent of VOD-enabled STBs accessing on-demand content increased to 47 percent.

Total free on-demand transactions skyrocketed to a record 476 million in July. Music-related content lead the category with 146 million transactions, or 31 percent of all free on-demand transactions, according to Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials service.

Vonage: Apple approves mobile app
By The Associated Press

HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) – Internet phone company Vonage Holdings Corp. said Tuesday that Apple Inc. has approved its mobile application for iPhone and iPod devices.

Vonage said in a statement that it is currently conducting a beta test, and general availability will be announced at a later date.

More Broadband Direct 09/02/09:
•  ACA: Broadcasters squeezing small ops dry
•  DirecTV pulls plug on Versus over carriage dispute
•  Verizon kicks off FiOS service in parts of D.C.
•  RGB takes new tack with "content repurposing"
•  SeaChange posts second-quarter loss
•  Concurrent unifies content storage, management
•  Entone integrates with Edgeware's VOD servers for IPTV
•  ST-Ericsson gets new CEO
•  Alvarion taps former Amdocs exec as CEO
•  eBay partially undoes Skype deal, selling majority
•  Broadband Briefs for 09/02/09



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