Broadband Briefs for 1/11/10

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 7:00am

• Dish, EchoStar, NagraStar score anti-piracy win
By CED staff

Dish Network, EchoStar Technologies and NagraStar have scored another anti-piracy victory.

A Florida federal court issued a $51 million dollar judgment against Robert Ward, who posted software on the Internet that allowed individuals to illegally receive Dish Network programming using free-to-air receivers, the satellite operator said.

The court held that the posting of pirate software constitutes a violation of the Federal Communications Act and that statutory damages should be calculated based on how many individuals downloaded the pirate software.

"This is a significant victory in our effort to eradicate piracy of the Dish Network system. We thank the court for its well-reasoned analysis," said Pascal Lenoir, CEO of NagraStar.

• Exfo, Opnext tackle 100 GigE together
By Brian Santo

Using the Exfo FTB-85100G Packet Blazer (40G/100G) and the Opnext 100GBASE-LR4 CFP Multi-Source Agreement (MSA)-compliant optical module, the companies’ trialed generating 100 gigabit Ethernet IP traffic at 100 percent wire speed with pseudo-random bit sequence (PRBS) patterns, as well as monitoring error-free transmission with full Ethernet statistics, Exfo said.

Using the test suites together, vendors can test CFP MSA-based 100 GigE transceivers, and network equipment manufacturers should be able to accelerate their product development, Exfo said.

The Exfo FTB-85100G’s signal conditioning feature includes pre-emphasis and receiver-equalization control-testing capabilities to provide Opnext and other transceiver manufacturers with a way to optimize the interface between the host ICs on the tester and gearboxes inside the CFP in order to get the best interoperability of the interface.

More Broadband Direct 1/11/10:
•  Reports: Judges ponder whether FCC has authority in Comcast's net neutrality case
•  Zodiac PowerUp connects set-top boxes, mobile devices
•  Wrap-up: CES more wireless than ever
•  Hot gadgets at show: Wireless charging, iPhone TV
•  NTIA, RUS launch matchmaking site 
•  Silicon Image names Martino CEO
•  Vudu expands streaming to Blu-ray, HDTV vendors
•  Alcatel-Lucent founds ambitious green initiative
•  Report: Google phone $5 less to make than iPhone 
•  Apple may wipe slate clean for new tablet computer
•  Broadband Briefs for 01/11/10 



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