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

Charter's quarterly profits are lower than expected

October 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Patrick J. Powers | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Belleville News-Democrat Belleville News-Democrat…10/25/2002 From LexisNexis Charter Communications ' third-quarter profits are more than 4 percent behind where they were predicted in August to be at this time, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

Strong growth in China's broadband market predicted

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

Copyright 2002 M2 Communications Ltd. TELECOMWORLDWIRE…10/24/2002 From LexisNexis China's broadband Internet audience will grow by nearly 500 percent during 2002, according to research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics. In a new research report, Strategy Analytics predicts that 2.9m Chinese households will subscribe to broadband Internet services by the end of 2002 and by 2008, some ...

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SBC: DSL numbers up, revenue down

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

SBC Communications Inc.'s third quarter results offer a mixed bag. On the one hand, the company beefed up its DSL subscriber numbers, but on the other SBC suffered a 5 percent year-over-year drop in revenue. According to the service provider, it has become the first company to have 2 million DSL lines in service.

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ReplayTV gets a little help from UEI

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

SONICblue Inc. was looking for a way to add some more bells and whistles to its new line of ReplayTV 5000 digital video recorders, and has turned to Universal Electronics Inc. to make it happen. The newly signed agreement calls for UEI to provide a custom-designed wireless controller and embedded connectivity software that will enable a direct link from the DVR to cable and satellite set-tops.

MSN 8 takes on AOL 8 in duel for high-speed users

October 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Byron Acohido | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…10/24/2002 From LexisNexis SEATTLE —Microsoft Corp.'s biggest push yet to lure customers to its Internet subscription service kicks off today with Chairman Bill Gates and rocker Lenny Kravitz touting the coolness of MSN 8 in New York's Central Park.

NCTI gets installers back to basics

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

Broadband communications training outfit NCTI has rolled out a new program intended to give basic knowledge to new installers. The Quick Start Installer program was designed with inexperienced installers in mind. The program is geared to help installers master specific skills usually learns during the first 90 days of employment.

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...

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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.

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.

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.

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