• Cablevision continues programming deal with CBS
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) – Cablevision Systems Corp. will continue to carry programming from CBS Corp. and its pay-TV subsidiary, Showtime Networks, for Cablevision's 3 million subscribers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the companies said Friday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cablevision shares were down 19 cents at $23.95 in afternoon trading Friday, while CBS shares were off 10 cents at $12.47.
• Cox promotes Deveaux in Roanoke
By CED staff
Cox Communications has named Omar Deveaux as director of network and engineering in its Roanoke, Va., market.
In his new role, Deveaux will be responsible for leading Roanoke's network operational areas to include engineering, maintenance and construction.
Prior to his new position, Deveaux served as central systems manager in Roanoke. Before moving to Roanoke, he worked in the Cox Phoenix system for 11 years in various network and leadership positions.
• AT&T infuses Jackson with U-verse
By Brian Santo
AT&T is now offering all three U-verse services in parts of Jackson, Miss. The company is offering the standard package, including what it is calling Total Home DVR. Its HD package is up to 110 channels.
Meanwhile, AT&T added VoIP to its U-verse bundle in those parts of Birmingham, Ala., where U-verse is already available.
U-verse Voice Unlimited includes unlimited nationwide minutes to any location in the U.S., Canada or U.S. territories for $30 per month, and U-verse Voice 250 includes 250 call-anywhere minutes to any location in the U.S. or U.S. territories for $25 per month.
• Sprint debuts Motorola PTT slider
By Monica Alleven, Wireless Week
Sprint is now offering a slider phone with push-to-talk (PTT) service. The Motorola Debut i856 sells for $99.99 with a two-year agreement. The phone is available with Nextel Direct Connect calling plans and aims to reach both the enterprise and consumer markets. It comes with a built-in MP3 player and a 1.3-megapixel camera.
The carrier says the device is the first to offer the capability of switching from an active PTT call to an interconnect voice call with the touch of a button.
Separately, Sprint announced its Partner Interexchange Network (PIN) for the business-to-business wholesale exchange of voice traffic. The Sprint PIN service sets up a community of partners who can directly exchange VoIP service between themselves while operating on Sprint’s IP network. Because there is a direct exchange between partners, access termination fees and LEC tandem fees can be lowered or eliminated.
• Amino intros Intel-powered IPTV STB
By CED staff
Amino Communications has demonstrated an IPTV set-top box powered by the new Intel Atom Processor CE4100.
The STB will address growing consumer demand for TV-based entertainment from any source – including broadcast, on-demand and over-the-top services. Intel’s Atom Processor CE4100 will enable Amino to develop new types of hybrid/OTT devices that offer flexibility and functionality, Amino said.
The CE4100 media processor combines CE features for high-definition video support, home-theater quality audio and advanced 3-D graphics with the performance, flexibility and compatibility of hardware and software based on Intel architecture.
• NCTC adds Draka to vendor list
By Brian Santo
Draka Communications – Americas has been approved as a participating vendor in the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC).
Draka supplies optical fiber, cable and cable systems.
Richard Frey, vice president and general manager of hardware for the NCTC, says: “We are pleased to welcome Draka to the NCTC community. The NCTC seeks to maximize opportunities to ensure the profitability and long-term sustainability of our member companies by setting up agreements with vendors like Draka. These agreements enable our members to purchase goods and services at excellent prices and terms.”