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Wavexpress busts out broadband for movie-goers

February 19, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Wavexpress has launched MoviePick, a broadband PC channel that pumps out a variety of Hollywood-related programming. Offered via Wavexpress' TVTonic broadband media player and in partnership with, MoviePick features event coverage, interviews with Hollywood actors and directors, movie previews and reviews and local movie show times.

Knology spurs digital in two markets with iTV

February 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Aiming to jump-start digital growth, cable overbuilder Knology has launched a slate of interactive television services in Montgomery and Huntsville, Ala. There, Knology is offering two flavors of interactive services: Knology iTV and Knology iTVx, a subscription-based service. Knology iTV allows the company's digital preferred subscribers to use their remote controls to access news, sports, sto...

Kasenna taps former Diva exec to lead cable VOD efforts

February 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Robert Greiner, a former exec with video-on-demand company Diva Systems Corp., has joined VOD server and system startup Kasenna Inc. In his new role as vice president, corporate and business development, Greiner will oversee Kasenna's cable business developments. Greiner most recently handled North American sales at Diva, which provided VOD gear and services to MSOs such as Insight Communicatio...


Venezuela op taps SeaChange for VOD

February 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Latin American operator Intercable has tapped SeaChange International to offer video-on-demand services, including movies, TV shows and Karaoke content, to cable customers in Caracas, Venezuela. Intercable is using SeaChange's video servers and "VODcast" pitcher-catcher system to offer a variety of content, including movies, TV shows and Karaoke videos.

Discovery, NDS team on interactive content

February 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Discovery Networks International said it is installing NDS Group 's iRespond technology to fuel a plan that aims to simplify and speed the production and management of interactive content. iRespond, the flagship product of NDS's Value@TV Production suite, is a server-based authoring tool that can handle content intended for various broadcast platforms.

Bailey joins Wegener board

February 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wegener Corp. has named TV and telecom veteran Wendell Bailey to its board of directors. Bailey, most recently the chief technologist for NBC, served for 16 years at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in positions such as vice president, science and technology. Bailey "can provide key guidance as we look to further grow the company's business in today's digital broadcast an...

WildBlue chooses Arianespace for boost

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Revived Ka-band satellite broadband service provider WildBlue Communications has taken one more step toward deployment by penning a new launch contract with Arianespace. Ariane is scheduled to launch the WildBlue 1 satellite from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in early 2005.

Core, Jungo bow CableHome-based software combo

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Core Networks and Jungo Software Technologies have teamed to create a software combination designed to adhere to the CableLabs CableHome home networking specification. Under terms of the relationship, Core will fuse its CoreEnsemble home networking device management system with Jungo's OpenRG residential gateway software platform.


Comcast introduces high-definition TV, video-on-demand

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Peter J. Howe | Comments

Copyright 2003 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2003 Boston Globe Boston Globe...02/18/2003 Three months after completing its $45 billion acquisition of AT&T Broadband, Comcast Corp. this week plans to start putting its own brand on the dominant cable provider and is beginning to roll out two service innovations: video-on-demand and delivery of high-definition television signal...

Charter gets its own salesforce

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Charter Business Networks, the business and commercial services arm of Charter Communications Inc., has standardized on 's Enterprise Edition for online customer relationship management. Now, nearly 300 management, sales, construction, installation, engineering, billing administration and customer service users can access, track and share customer data online or off, from any loc...

ICTV, Mentis team on TV-based customer care

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

ICTV Inc. and Mentis Broadband Solutions will jointly develop a television-based customer care platform for cable operators. The companies will combine ICTV's new HeadendWare platform with Mentis' XML-based Real-Time Response platform, which provides a common software interface between applications and the various billing systems in use by cable operators.

IEEE group greenlights 802.11g draft

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 Working Group late last week approved P802.11g, a wireless LAN protocol standard that extends the theoretical data rate of 802.11b gear from 11 Mbps to a more robust 54 Mbps. "By extending the IEEE 802.11b PHY to 54 Mbps, IEEE 802.11g will create data-rate parity at 2.

Gemstar to supply IPGs for Philips TVs and DVD recorders

February 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Royal Philips Electronics said it has inked a deal to license Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. 's interactive program guide (IPG) technology in consumer electronics products such as recordable DVD players and digital televisions. Under terms of the deal, Philips expects to launch its first products with the Gemstar IPG in mid-2003 in North America and Europe, but plans to initially release i...

Broadband Physics says new modulation scheme widens downstream pipes

February 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Broadband Physics Inc. (formerly Rainmaker Technologies) has unveiled what it calls a new "last mile" modulation scheme that can expand broadband downstream paths by as much as six-fold. The technology, dubbed Sub-band Division Multiplexing (SDM), is designed to turn a 30 Mbps pipe into a 180 Mbps pipe for essentially the same cost, said company CEO Mark Laubach.

DTV bill expected in spring, Tauzin aide says

February 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Terry Lane | Comments

Copyright 2003 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily...02/14/2003 Revised version of House Commerce Committee Chmn. Tauzin's DTV bill is likely to be ready by spring, said Linda Bloss-Baumand, House Commerce Committee counsel in teleconference sponsored by Communications Daily. Bloss-Baumand said Tauzin would introduce bill following revisions, and it was too early to speculate what chan...


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