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

Toshiba entices customers with free audio book

October 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

It's a marriage between audio books and cable modems, and Toshiba America Information Systems and Audible Inc. believe it will be a match made in broadband heaven. Toshiba's Network Products Division has struck an agreement with Audible Inc., a provider of downloadable, spoken audio, to co-market their products.

HomePlug takes standard to the next level

October 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, an industry group working to specify home networking gear that operates over traditional residential electrical wiring, is gearing up for the next version of its technical specification. The new standard, dubbed HomePlug AV, will be designed to support the distribution of data and multi-stream entertainment for both standard-definition and high-definition televi...

Study: Wireless ISPs to invest $1B in broadband

October 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Next year may be the year for broadband wireless, one analysis says. Wireless ISPs plan to spend $1.1 billion on broadband wireless products and services over the next 12 to 18 months, according to a new research study conducted by BWE Research Services, the research arm of Broadband Wireless Exchange Inc.

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Time Warner Cable expands digital options in Austin

October 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Kirk Ladendorf | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Austin American-Statesman Austin American-Statesman…10/22/2002 From LexisNexis Time Warner Cable has begun to offer another service for Austin-area customers: digital video program recording that takes place inside the cable set-top control box.

CinemaNow scores on-demand goal

October 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Attention hockey fans, NHL.com has teamed with CinemaNow Inc. to deliver on-demand hockey highlights. The on-demand service gives hockey fans access to streaming video highlights from almost every NHL game, classic NHL moments, previews of titles from the NHL Home Video library and a behind-the-scenes look at NHL teams and players.

Next Level extends Bell Canada contract

October 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Telco Bell Canada wants to expand its bundled data and video service offering, and has extended an existing contract with Next Level Communications Inc. to make it happen. Under the terms of the three-year contract extension, Bell Canada will use Next Level's Full Service Access Platform broadband access equipment to continue the rollout of data and video services to apartments and condominiums...

HDTV ad insertion becomes a reality

October 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cable operators eye opening digital channels to local advertisers as a source of revenue. Terayon Communication Systems Inc. has teamed with nCUBE Corp. to now include high-definition television in the mix. The companies have developed an HD ad insertion system built on Terayon's DM 6400 Network CherryPicker and nCUBE's DPI Premium System.

Lucent beats earnings estimates, sales plunge

October 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Lucent Technologies Inc.'s ongoing attempt to reach break-even revenue of $2.5 billion per quarter led to another quarterly loss. The telecom equipment giant posted a fourth quarter net loss of net loss of $2.81 billion, or 84 cents a share, compared to a net loss of $8.8 billion, or $2.59 a share, in the same quarter in 2001.

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EchoStar, Hughes revise merger plan

October 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Sallie Hofmeister | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…10/22/2002 In an effort to save their proposed $ 18-billion satellite-TV merger, EchoStar Communications Corp. and Hughes Electronics Corp. filed a revised plan Monday with federal regulators that will clear the way for new competition, said people familiar with the filing.

Nortel to deploy PacketCable telephony in Spain

October 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Spanish cable operator TeleCable de Asturias has chosen Nortel Networks to upgrade its existing telecommunications infrastructure to a converged voice and data network that conforms to CableLabs' PacketCable specification. Under terms of the deal, Nortel will assist TeleCable's migration from its existing cable network to a high-performance optical backbone, leveraging voice-over-IP technology ...

DSL a bright spot for BellSouth

October 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Matt Stump | Comments

DSL was one of the lone bright spots in the third-quarter earnings call from BellSouth Corp., as the telco added 121,000 subscribers, a more than 50 percent jump over last year's 82,000 additions and second quarter 2002's 74,000. BellSouth chief financial officer Ron Dykes said the company is taking 40 percent to 50 percent broadband market share in the company's DSL markets.

NDS, DirecTV trade punches over conditional access tech

October 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

One thing is for certain in the conditional access technology sector for DBS receivers: lawyers on all sides are getting paid. The latest legal barb was launched today by NDS Limited, the technology unit of media monolith News Corp., against North American DBS provider DirecTV Inc. NDS filed the countersuit in response to a suit DirecTV initiated last September in U.

Flynn-Ripley named Stargus CEO

October 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Road Runner alumna Meredith Flynn-Ripley has taken over the reins as president and CEO of cable network management provider Stargus Inc. She replaces Russ Stephens, who recently left the company to pursue other interests. A former MediaOne Group exec, Flynn-Ripley helped start up the Road Runner high-speed Internet service, and served as vice president of corporate development there for several...

TComLabs slates IPCablecom interop event

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

The European version of packet telephony over cable TV networks will get its first tryout during the first IPCablecom interoperability event, slated to occur Jan. 6-10, 2003 at the tComLabs facility in Ghent, Belgium. This inaugural event will focus on IPCablecom, Europe's version of the PacketCable specification.

Cable outlines common operating standards

October 20, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In response to pressure being applied by Wall Street and as part of an effort to regain investor confidence in the cable sector, almost a dozen MSOs pledged support of new voluntary guidelines for consistent operating statistics. The guidelines, established with the support of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), are outlined as follows: • The identification of ...

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