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TiVo, Sonicblue quit legal wrangling

November 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Late Friday, digital video recorder makers TiVo and Sonicblue announced that the two were putting their legal differences aside, and dismissing the patent infringement claims each had filed against the other. Specifically, each side will dismiss intellectual property infringement complaints filed in U.

Movielink 'soft launch' could usher in VOD competition for cable

November 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Movielink LLC pushed forward today with the "soft launch" of its highly-anticipated, broadband-friendly Internet video-on-demand service today, initially rolling out to a limited number of customers whose feedback will be used to refine the service. The Movielink service initially features titles from its suppliers and backers, including studios such as MGM, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal ...

HDTV leaps 'last hurdle' in transition; Deal sets standard, allows cable boxes to be built into TVs

November 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Paul Davidson | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…11/08/2002 LexisNexis TV makers and cable companies have tentatively reached a landmark agreement aimed at kick-starting the tepid rollout of digital high-definition TV (HDTV) — and eventually eliminating the need for cable set-top boxes, say people close to the matter.


NCTA: Cable-CE agreement on digital TV 'premature'

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

In response to Friday's USA Today article, NCTA President and CEO Robert Sachs said in a prepared statement that negotiations between cable operators and TV manufacturers "concerning 'plug and play' DTVs continue on a constructive path…[but] it is premature and inappropriate for any of the parties to comment on these ongoing negotiations.

SeaChange denies wrongdoing in secondary stock offering

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

SeaChange International Inc. said it was served today with a proposed securities class action lawsuit alleging that the video-on-demand and digital ad-insertion vendor presented "materially inaccurate" information in a prospectus the company issued in connection with a secondary stock offering completed in January 2002.

Gemstar-TV Guide finalizes changes at the top

November 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Dffy Hayes | Comments

Two of the top executive spots at interactive guide provider Gemstar-TV Guide have new people filling the posts, and the news was made official today. Out is Dr. Henry Yuen, a former patent attorney and co-founder of the company who has held the chairman and CEO top spot since August 1994. Also out is Elsie Leung, the company's chief financial officer.

C-COR expects wider loss, headcount reduction

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

Broadband communications gear maker Corp. has revised its previous guidance for the current quarter, and announced that it expects to see a wider than expected loss. The company said it expects net sales for the second quarter of fiscal year 2003 to be between $49 million and $53 million, revised downward from previous estimates.

Adelphia Business Solutions wins Penn State contract

November 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Penn State University has contracted Adelphia Business Solutions to upgrade its high-speed, point-to-point connection between its University Park campus and a major Internet point of presence located in Pittsburgh. ABS upgraded two OC-3 connections it had previously installed to an OC-12, which is being installed this month.


Motive, BroadJump combine forces in stock deal

November 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Until today, broadband service providers went to multiple companies for intelligent service software. Now, it seems, providers will have a one-stop shop for software that automates the installation, activation, provisioning and diagnostic portions of their broadband network elements. Motive Communications and BroadJump Inc.

IMAKE VOD software complies with ISA, CableLabs specs

November 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

IMAKE Software and Services has released e.merge v.3.5, a software bundle that handles workflow automation for the distribution of digital media assets. The company said that the new 3.5 version of VOD "pitcher-catcher" software complies with Time Warner Cable's ISA (Interactive Service Architecture) specification and CableLabs' recently released Asset Distribution Interface 1.

Arris scores $500M Cox cable telephony contract

November 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Although a sexy new service like video-on-demand grabs plenty of cable headlines, it's sometimes easy to forget that some cable operators are still moving ahead swiftly with telephony services. Among the latter, Cox Communications announced today that it has renewed its contract with Arris to support the MSO's national cable telephony efforts.

High-speed, digital subs rise at Cablevision

November 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. said it added 107,000 new modem and digital service customers in the third quarter, marking a record quarterly gain. At the end of the period, the MSO had signed up a total of 680,000 cable modem customers and 80,400 customers to its iO: Interactive Optimum digital video service, up 88 percent.

Adelphia suit accuses Deloitte of negligence

November 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…11/07/2002 Adelphia Communications Corp. sued its former accountants Wednesday, accusing Deloitte & Touche of failing to report "self-dealing and financial chicanery" by founder John Rigas and family members that sent the cable television company spiraling into Bankruptcy Court.

Airwaves management study to usher in new wireless era

November 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jube Shiver Jr. | Comments

Copyright 2002 P.G. Publishing Co. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…11/07/2002 Cell phones, remote controls, wireless radios — can't they all just get along? Federal regulators believe so, and they are expected today to launch a sweeping examination of the government's management of the nation's valuable airwaves, a move that could pave the way for cheaper and more innovative wireless devices.

Broadband takes off with Lufthansa and Boeing

November 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Lufthansa and Boeing have collaborated to successfully send the first e-mail via a broadband Internet connection from onboard a scheduled commercial airliner. On Friday, Oct. 25, aboard a Lufthansa 747-400, members of the Lufthansa and Connexion by Boeing project team simultaneously activated the onboard system and the satellite network.


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