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'Significant' layoffs loom as Charter moves on major restructuring

December 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Tied to a sweeping effort to streamline operations, eliminate redundancies and cluster its cable divisions, Charter Communications said it will layoff a "significant" portion of its workforce by the end of 2003. Charter, which counts 18,700 employees, said it would determine specifically how many employees would be affected by the end of the year.

EchoStar-DirecTV merger bid ends with whimper … and cash payment(2)

December 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The final curtain fell today on the merger between DBS heavyweights EchoStar Communications and Hughes' DirecTV, with the two agreeing on an official settlement to terminate the deal that includes a cash payment of $600 million by EchoStar to Hughes. Also, as part of the settlement, Hughes will retain its 81 percent ownership in satellite broadcasting company PanAmSat.

DirecTV's DSL customers to get remote access

December 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The lines between residential and commercial broadband services continue to blur, and broadband providers are introducing new add-ons to attract the growing number of telecommuter and SOHO broadband customers. In that vein, DirecTV Broadband Inc., which offers the DirecTV DSL brand broadband service across the U.


Mainstream movies over the Internet a slow work in progress

December 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by James Turner | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Christian Science Publishing Society The Christian Science Monitor…12/09/2002 Lexis Nexis Almost from the first days of the Internet, one of the products promised as "just around the corner" has been video-on-demand. That promise has been made for nearly a decade now. And except for a few limited pilot programs, the idea of watching any movie or other video release on y...

Net2Phone, Liberty Cablevision launch Phase II of VoIP trial

December 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Net2Phone Inc. and Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico said they have launched phase two of an IP telephony trial, making the advanced service available to as many as 4,000 of the MSO's subscribers. The companies, for the first time on the operator's network, will test the scalability of the VoIP platform and try out an integrated billing system.

Microsoft notches first IPG launches

December 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

After unveiling a new interactive program guide for "thin client" digital boxes at May's National Cable Show, Microsoft Corp. said Friday that it has secured its first launches for the new product. Microsoft said Uvision LLC and Willamette Broadband LLC, which serve a combined 20,000 cable subscribers just south of Portland, Ore.

Will HDTV Be Under Your Tree?

December 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Michael E. Hill | Comments

Copyright 2002 Newsday Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)…12/05/2002 Lexis Nexis So, with the holidays bearing down on us, the gift-giving season in full swing, a question arises for some households: Is this the year to treat the family to a high-definition television? It's a question many fear to ask without first getting the answer to a more basic question: If I spend four figures for a high-d...

New limits on cable ownership just about ready, Ferree says

December 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…12/06/2002 Lexis Nexis ANAHEIM — The FCC Media Bureau is on the verge of sending a report and order (R&O) to the 8th floor that will propose new rules to limit the extent that cable companies can grow, Bureau Chief Kenneth Ferree said Wednesday.


Convergys restructures, plans layoffs for 2003

December 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Billing and customer care systems provider Convergys said that it was undertaking a series of cost-cutting measures that will take the form of workforce layoffs and a restructuring charge in the range of $90 million to $110 million for the fourth quarter. With regard to the layoffs, Convergys said it would go ahead with a reduction in force that will eliminate approximately 950 professional and...

Interactive trade group names board

December 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Interactive Television Alliance, a group formed of executives from some of the leading companies in the interactive television services sphere, recently named the members of its board of directors. Like the group's diverse make-up, the new board reflects broad industry diversity as well. Led by iTV vet Art Cohen of ACTV, and co-chaired by TV producer Karen Lennon of Beyond Z, the group's bo...

Western Show's guarded optimism runs in stride with advanced services

December 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Though the numbers were down at this show, the folks who made the pilgrimage to Anaheim this week were guardedly optimistic about the broadband sector at large, hoping that the economy has finally reached the bottom of the bathtub. Although a far cry from the 17,000 who were in attendance here last year, those who did make it (9,947 folks, according to the CCTA) did see that cable has plenty to...

Sony aims to break conditional access logjam

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Sony Corp. provided a rare buzz at the Broadband Plus Show in Anaheim, Calif. yesterday by announcing a technology it claims can give cable operators safe passage out of the "two sizes fits all" world of digital video conditional access and open up the market to more set-top box makers. Sony's Passage system provides a way to create two versions of encryption that can flow side by side in a dig...

Path 1 expands on-demand product line

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

IP video equipment provider Path 1 Network Technologies Inc. debuted its new Chameleon vidX product line, which is designed to allow cable operators to grow services and adapt to change as they plan for an "everything-on-demand" environment. Four of the top five cable MSOs are currently utilizing Path 1 devices in their IP VOD deployments.

Broadcom, Motorola re-up chip deal

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola Broadband said it has tapped Broadcom Corp. as its "primary supplier" of silicon for Motorola's DOCSIS 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0-based SURFboard cable modems through 2003. The deal extends an earlier agreement between the two companies. Motorola inked a second-source silicon deal for cable modems with Texas Instruments earlier this year.

Pace signs on as Motorola MediaCipher licensee for DVB set-top

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola Inc. Broadband Communications Sector has signed up Pace Micro Technology as its first licensee for the MediaCipher SmartCard conditional access (MCSC) technology. Pace intends to use the technology as an option on its DVB-compliant digital cable home gateways. The Motorola MCSC platform, designed for DVB systems, allows operators to launch a variety of value-added services by supportin...


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