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Panasonic signs PHILA license

November 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Inching the industry closer to a day when TVs can be built with on-board cable set-top capabilities, Panasonic has become the first major TV manufacturer to sign the POD-Host Interface License Agreement (PHILA). The PHILA license gives Panasonic access to Motorola Broadband's proprietary DFAST (Dynamic Feedback Arrangement Scrambling Technique) copy protection technology.

BigBand, Fujitsu team on video bundle

November 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

BigBand Networks and Fujitsu Network Communications have forged a strategic relationship under which they will package BigBand's Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR) gear with Fujitsu's Flashwave 4500 optical transport platform. The combination will enable cable operators to transport high-quality video programming via standard transport protocols such as Gigabit Ethernet and Sonet, the co...

Wi-Fi strengthens security

November 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Responding to criticism that 802.11x's legacy security mechanism, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), is extremely vulnerable to hackers and the prying eyes of "wardrivers," the Wi-Fi Alliance released a new, more secure version that can co-exist with legacy Wi-Fi-certified products. The new security technology, dubbed Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), replaces WEP and was created in conjunction with ...

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Motive, BroadJump combine forces

November 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Consolidation hit the provisioning sector this fall as Motive Communications inked a deal to acquire BroadJump Inc. and combine operations in a stock-for-stock deal. The combined company will assume the Motive name and have in excess of $100 million in combined revenues in 2002, and more than $100 million in total assets.

Appeals court to hear plea to reverse Comcast merger

November 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Akweli Parker | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Philadelphia Inquirer…11/27/2002 Lexis Nexis A federal appeals court's decision has encouraged consumer groups who contend an August deal between Comcast Corp. and AOL Time Warner Inc. will limit consumers' choices of Internet providers and content.

SeaChange reports higher VOD revenue

November 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Coupled with the shipment of 67,000 video-on-demand streams, SeaChange International Inc. said it recorded $15.3 million in VOD system revenues during its third fiscal quarter, up 50 percent from $25.2 million in the year-ago period. The company posted aggregate revenue of $33.9 million, up 34 percent, versus $25.

Gartner: Ethernet switching shipments up, router market down

November 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

New numbers from Gartner Dataquest show that while service providers weren't buying the number of routers that they were just a quarter ago, shipments of Ethernet switching gear to the enterprise market were up compared to a year earlier. Gartner pegs revenue for the worldwide service provider router (SPR) market at $445 million for the third quarter of 2002, a full 10 percent decline from the ...

DVI: An acronym to be reckoned with in 2003

November 26, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Digital Visual Interface (DVI), a specification that delivers uncompressed digital data, is quickly spreading beyond its PC confines to touch other consumer electronics gadgets such as set-top boxes an DVD players and DVD recorders, reports In-Stat/MDR in a new study. In-Stat/MDR, a sister company to CED, said DVI, introduced in 1999, and its successor, High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDM...

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Ceon announces IPS adapters, VoIP package

November 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

In advance of next week's Broadband Plus/The New Western Show, service fulfillment and provisioning system provider Ceon is announcing some new products aimed at helping operators provision new services in their multi-vendor networks. The first new products Ceon is announcing is a series of adapters for the company's Integration and Provisioning Suite (IPS), which should have particular applica...

Comprehensive MPEG-4 license now available

November 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The group that serves as a one-stop clearinghouse for licensing patents associated with the advanced MPEG-4 video delivery technology announced that it has made available a single license that covers intellectual property from more than 20 companies. The MPEG LA licensing group announced the availability of the MPEG-4 Visual Patent Portfolio License, which will allow holders of the license acce...

Motorola, SeaChange team on bandwidth management system

November 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Motorola Broadband and SeaChange International are co-developing a management system that will enable operators to manage digital headend bandwidth and complex interactive services. The system, dubbed the Global System Resource Manager (GSRM), will be based on software that will centralize the management function and allow equipment vendors and service providers to share bandwidth on a "single ...

Arris bows DOCSIS 2.0-based modem line

November 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Arris has become the latest vendor to jump on the DOCSIS 2.0 train with the introduction of a new line of data, IP telephony and home networking products. Arris' Touchstone Cable Modem 400 (CM 400) series is based on the same design as the CM 300 series, but adds support for synchronous-code division multiple access (S-CDMA), an advanced physical layer scheme required by DOCSIS 2.

Digital set-top shipments, revenue dip in 2002

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Thanks to reduced capital expenditures by cable operators, 2002 will mark the first time digital cable set-top shipments and revenue will drop since the boxes were first introduced in 1996, In-Stat/MDR discloses in a new report. Specially, In-Stat (a sister company to CED) forecasts that worldwide digital set-top unit shipments will drop 30 percent this year to just north of 10.

Conexant, Jungo offer CableHome-based powerline networking design

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

With the CableHome specification for home networking gear ramping up at CableLabs, the prospects for a flood of new compliant gear are heating up as well. Chipmaker Conexant and residential gateway software provider Jungo have teamed on a CableHome-based reference design for gear connected over power lines, paving the way for future development of stand-alone gateways based on the HomePlug netw...

ANSI greenlights DOCSIS

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The American National Standards Institute has approved a first set of standards based on DOCSIS specifications, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers said Monday. DOCSIS, a set of interoperability specifications for cable modems and cable modem termination systems, was originally developed by CableLabs its vendor and cable operator partners.

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