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

Weather Network gets the Wink; CSG extends TWC deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Under a new deal, Canada's The Weather Network will use broadcasting technology from Wink Communications that gives viewers access to "forecast conditions of their choice, 24 hours a day," Wink says. Users also can see commercials, ask for more information or buy directly from the advertiser via their remotes.

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Teledesic turns to Italian satellite maker

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Under a new deal, Italian satellite maker Alenia Spazio SpA will build satellites for Teledesic LLC's global broadband Internet-in-the-Sky satellite communications network. Financial terms were not disclosed. Teledesic developed a new constellation design of 30 medium-Earth-orbit satellites, it says.

ARC/Cogent merger gets OK; Cogent to trade on AMEX

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Allied Riser Communications Corp.'s stockholders approved its merger with a Cogent Communications Group Inc. unit, after a judge denied a motion to block the deal. Dallas-based Allied Riser provides broadband data, video and voice services to small- and medium-sized businesses. Holders of its convertible subordinated notes due 2007 filed the motion for a preliminary injunction, which was denied...

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Microsoft to roll out multiplayer gaming service

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After selling about 1.5 million gaming consoles between Nov. 15 and the end of 2001, Microsoft Corp., maker of the Xbox, said it plans to roll out the machine's multiplayer gaming service in the first half of 2002. Cable operators have noted that the Xbox, in a massive, multiplayer environment, could give rise to a variety of bandwidth management and provisioning issues.

Moxi's fortunes rely on middleware

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After operating in stealth mode for several months, Steve Perlman's Rearden Steel Technologies finally opened up its fortified kimono to reveal a new brand identity, a broadband strategy and a deal with DBS giant EchoStar Communications. Shedding its Rearden Steel moniker, the Palo Alto, Calif.

SCTE's Oksala gets ANSI board post

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Enhancing cable's presence with the nation's standards body, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Vice President of Standards Stephen Oksala was recently elected to the board of directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In that role, Oksala, an ANSI board member since 1990, will be involved with the group's governance and policy development.

Cox gets the message

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cox Communications said it has selected Openwave Systems Inc.'s messaging platform for a growing cable modem service that stands at more than 779,000 residential customers. The IP-based Openwave Email Mx platform is configured for a variety of messaging applications, including unified messaging, instant messaging and multimedia messaging.

CableLabs publishes OCAP, fine-tunes DOCSIS 2.0

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Polishing up a slate of work being done behind the scenes, CableLabs recently published the middleware specifications for OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) version 1.0, and completed the advanced DOCSIS 2.0 spec. OCAP 1.0, available to manufacturers and content developers at www.opencable.com, represents the software element of OpenCable, an initiative designed to foster the sale of c...

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MSOs tout home security

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications and Cox Communications said they will begin "limited" marketing of Security Broadband Corp.'s SafeVillage system, respectively, in Sarasota, Fla. and Las Vegas, Nev. Though both MSOs mark the first to introduce Security Broadband's next-gen product, Cox conducted a technical, alpha trial with the start-up last year in Las Vegas.

More modems emerge certified following wave 20

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs said it handed out passing grades to seven more DOCSIS 1.1 cable modems in certification wave 20, pushing that total to nine. However, CableLabs did not qualify any additional cable modem termination systems during the wave, after awarding passing grades in the previous wave, to Arris' Cornerstone CMTS 1500 and Cadant Inc.

OpenTV finally reaches HITS deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In what was one of the worst kept secrets in the broadband world, OpenTV Corp. finally secured its interactive hunting license with AT&T's Headend In The Sky. News of the impending deal first surfaced last July when OpenTV officials said they were in discussions with HITS. Under the multi-year deal, OpenTV will provide HITS with its thin-client middleware and a bundle of iTV applicat...

Motorola synchronizes transmission play

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a deal expected to bolster Motorola Broadband's fiber optic transmission portfolio for voice, video and data services, Motorola Inc. has closed its stock-for-stock acquisition of San Jose, Calif.-based Synchronous Inc. Synchronous, now part of Motorola Broadband's Transmission Network Systems (TNS) unit, will help Motorola fill some technical gaps, particularly in the area of 1550 nm d...

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Astound picks WorldGate to push iTV

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Overbuilder Astound Broadband (a.k.a. Seren Innovations) inked a deal with WorldGate to offer interactive television services to customers by the first quarter of this year. The new service, dubbed "Astound iTV," will enable customers to surf the Web, access local content and send and receive e-mail via their televisions.

Three sign controversial PHILA license

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Potentially accelerating the market for retail set-tops, three box manufacturers have signed CableLabs' controversial POD-Host Interface License Agreement (PHILA), a key copyright protection element for set-tops based on the OpenCable specification.In a document filed with the Federal Communications Commission, CableLabs said Pace Micro Technology plc signed the agreement on Dec.

G-Cluster ports games to the set-top

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

G-Cluster, a start-up backed by Finnish and U.K. investors, believes it has the answer to help cable operators push PC and console gaming titles to their customers. G-Cluster markets a game system that transfers the games to thin-client digital set-tops via a proprietary headend set-up comprised of strings, or clusters, of PCs.

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