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Pace ships home gateways to IPTV partners

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In advance of shipping its new IP500 digital set-top box to its customers, Pace Micro Technology plc is testing the waters with members of its IPTV Partner Program. The home gateway is designed for broadband IP network operators, and supports new streaming protocols to address the limited bandwidth issues RBOCs face in delivering multichannel video services, Pace says.

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Taylor Nelson Sofres has conducted a survey into 3G interest

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 M2 Communications Ltd. TELECOMWORLDWIRE…05/30/2002 From LexisNexis A new survey from market information company Taylor Nelson Sofres has revealed that mobile phone consumers are expressing interest in 3G applications. Specifically, in the U.S. 25 percent of mobile owners expressed interest in 3G.

Diva completes death spiral while Gemstar picks over the scraps

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Collapsing under the weight of a $500 million deficit and enough cash on hand to last a few more weeks, video-on-demand vendor Diva Systems Corp. completed its death spiral Wednesday, filing Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. Interactive program guide giant Gemstar-TV Guide International, holding true to rumors that have swirled for weeks, then swoo...

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Cisco expands VPN portfolio

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Network gear maker Cisco Systems Inc. has beefed up its virtual private networking portfolio to enable IP voice and video over an IPSec VPN. Cisco says the enhancements are part of its VPN initiative and include IP voice/video centric Quality of Service designed for interoperability with IPSec, IPSec multicast support and IP voice/video stream encryption.

Jolted by patent news, SeaChange delays earnings

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

SeaChange International, admittedly "surprised and disappointed" by a potentially damaging jury verdict involving a video-on-demand patent, said Wednesday that it will postpone the release of its first quarter financial results until the beginning of next week. That decision stems from a verdict by a Delaware District Court jury yesterday that upheld rival nCUBE Corp's patent for VOD delivery, ...

Access-metro interop announced

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Merging of access and metro technologies is the focus of a new interoperability announcement between optical transport provider PacketLight Networks and access switch maker Jedai Broadband Networks. The two announced the completion of successful interop testing of Jedai's FrontRunner 3200 access switch router and PacketLight's PL-16000 integrated optical transport system.

Broadcom completes Mobilink buy

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Chipmaker Broadcom Corp. has wrapped up another acquisition. The latest: its purchase of Mobilink Telecom Inc. is complete, giving Broadcom an inroad to the wireless semiconductor market. Broadcom issued or reserved 5.61 million shares in exchange for all of Mobilink's shares and stock options. The acquisition, which was first announced in April, will be accounted for a purchase, and Broadcom s...

On your mark, get set, sports VOD

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

What better way to get clued in on the latest snowboarding or skating technique, than to watch it on television? Sports clothing producer Quicksilver and VOD content aggregator TVN Entertainment are joining forces to bring video-on-demand and subscription VOD to action sports enthusiasts. The channel, dubbed UNION? The Boardriding Channel, will sport films from Volcom, Globe, 900 Films, O...

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Charter launches HDTV in five markets

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. has come through with a promise made in March to deliver high-definition TV services. The MSO has launched its service in five U.S. markets. Charter customers with HDTV sets in Alhambra/Pasadena and Glendale/Burbank, Calif.; University Park/Highland Park, Texas; Miami Beach, Fla; and Birmingham, Ala.

TI and Intersil team for voice over broadband

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 M2 Communications Ltd. TELECOMWORLDWIRE…05/30/2002 From LexisNexis Analog and digital technology company Texas Instruments Inc. has entered into an agreement with Intersil Corp., a wireless networking company. Under the terms of the agreement, both companies will work together to combine the programmable voice codec from TI with a subscriber-line interface circuit from Inte...

Study: It's up, up, up for broadband fees

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Whether a high-speed Internet connection is provided via cable or DSL, consumers are likely paying more for their service now than they were at the end of last year, according to one analysis. Consumer broadband rates climbed to their highest levels on record at the end of the first quarter, according to new research from ARS Inc.

Jury rules in nCUBE's favor in VOD patent spat

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Video-on-demand vendor nCUBE Corp. said Wednesday that a Delaware District Court jury has unanimously upheld the company's patent for VOD delivery and ruled that rival vendor SeaChange International has "willfully infringed the patent." Additionally, nCUBE said the jury ruled that SeaChange must pay nCUBE "over two million dollars" in damages, plus a seven percent royalty on all sales of infrin...

CableLabs hires law firm to handle OCAP patents

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs has hired the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (WCP) as its patent coordinator for the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) specification, which serves as the common middleware layer for advanced OpenCable-based digital set-top boxes. Under its current form, OCAP borrows heavily from the Digital Video Broadcasting Project's Multimedia Home Platform specification.

Comcast gets hit with privacy suit

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

After enduring a firestorm over monitoring cable-modem subscribers' Web-surfing activities earlier this year, Comcast Corp. is now facing a class-action lawsuit claiming that the Philadelphia MSO violated federal privacy law. Filed in U.S. District court in Michigan, the lawsuit claimed that Comcast's now-discontinued practice of monitoring its 1 million high-speed-data customers' Internet habi...

Global Crossing: We can work it out

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Leon Lazaroff | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…05/29/2002 From LexisNexis Unhappy with a buy-out offer from two Asian companies, creditors of Global Crossing Ltd. plan to join the bankrupt telecommunications carrier in proposing a restructuring plan that would give them far greater control of the broadband provider's worldwide operations.

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