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

Cablevision thinks outside the (Sony) box

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. has inked a deal to deploy Scientific-Atlanta Inc. digital set-tops and headend gear in support of the MSO's ambitious digital cable service, iO: Interactive Optimum. Financial terms were not disclosed. Cablevision said it will purchase an undisclosed number of S-A digital boxes, including the Explorer 4200, which will become available later this year.

DBS to disclose SVOD hard drive requirements

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

EchoStar Communications Corp. and DirecTV Inc. will be upfront about how much set-top hard drive space customers will have to give up in order to enjoy subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services offered via satellite. That full disclosure is important because the current DBS architecture isn't capable of offering two-way VOD over a network like cable does, but instead is reliant on a fixed a...

MidStream raises $26M

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fledgling video server company MidStream Technologies raised $26 million in a third round of funding led by Canaan Venture Partners. With the latest round, Bellevue, Wash.-based MidStream has raised a total of $48 million–enough for a fully-funded business plan, said company President and CEO Ed Huguez.

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CSG snaps up IBM billing technology

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CSG Systems broadened its technology portfolio this summer when it picked up IBM's Integrated Customer Management System (ICMS) for customer care and billing for an undisclosed sum. The ICMS presently serves operators and other companies linked to the cable, mobile and wireline tele-phony sectors. Under terms of the deal, IBM and CSG will collaborate on outsourcing opportunities that require ...

SeaChange taking over where Diva left off

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

SeaChange International Inc. has added two new MSOs to its list of VOD customers, thanks in part to the demise of Diva Systems Corp. In the wake of Diva's bankruptcy earlier this year, SeaChange secured deals with Insight Communications and AT&T Broadband. Insight currently offers VOD in 10 markets, while AT&T Broadband has made it available in parts of two cities–Atlanta and Los ...

UPC restructures debt

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

European cable network operator United Pan-Europe Communications NV has reached an agreement with its creditors to restructure its debt. The deal will give its parent UnitedGlobalCom a minimum 65.5 percent interest in the company. The recapitalization plan calls the elimination of 65 percent of UPC's debt.

Arris, Alopa partner to strengthen telephony position

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

Arris has inked a reseller agreement with Alopa Networks to boost its ability to deliver its CompleteVoice end-to-end voice and data service program to cable operators. The deal grants Arris the right to resell Alopa's MetaServ provisioning platform. Financial terms were not disclosed. Alopa's MetaServ provisioning platform is designed for small- to mid-size cable operators, and interfaces with...

Cable modem customers pass 10-million mark

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

The U.S. cable modem customer base will top 10 million at the end of the third quarter 2002, according to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. The milestone "reflects continued steady growth in consumer demand for cable broadband services," said Robert Sachs, NCTA president and CEO.

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Convergent dials up cable VoIP strategy

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

After toiling away early and quietly on the PacketCable front, Convergent Networks now appears ready to start making some noise about cable-based IP telephony. Founded in 1998, Lowell, Mass.-based Convergent had its cable coming-out party this week with the release of "Cohesion," a PacketCable-based product suite comprised of media gateways, SS7 signaling gateways, tandem proxies and element ma...

Cox to offer HDTV next month in San Diego

September 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jennifer Davies | Comments

Copyright 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune The San Diego Union-Tribune…09/28/2002 From LexisNexis Cox Communications Inc. will launch its high-definition television service in San Diego at the end of next month, providing further momentum for the technology. Starting Oct. 29, Cox cable customers will be able to get high-definition television for programming on HBO, NBC, Showtime and G4, a...

Microsoft buys Liquid Audio's intellectual property

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

Microsoft Corp. has snapped up Liquid Audio Inc.'s patents for cash consideration of $7 million. The streaming media software provider enables music fans to download and purchase digital files off the Internet, but is trying to shift its focus from product development to digital distribution of media to retail.

TVC parent files for Chapter 11

September 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Communications Dynamics Inc. (CDI) is seeking relief from its creditors through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing. CDI subsidiary TVC Communications is included in the filing. The bankruptcy filing includes CDI's domestic subsidiaries. TVC, a distributor of products used to build and maintain cable TV systems, said its cash position augmented by the revenue will will be more than adequa...

Companies embrace T-commerce

September 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Attention DirecTV Interactive subscribers: did that commercial for the latest Michelle Branch CD make you feel like you just gotta have it? Well, fret no more, you can shop via your television set on the 24/7 Music Choice interactive channel. DirecTV has partnered with Music Choice to launch the interactive television-commerce channel to enable DirecTV Interactive subscribers to shop for music ...

Gartner: Cable access gear revenue down

September 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Global revenue for cable access platforms, a sector that includes cable modem termination systems (CMTSs), dropped by more than 9 percent to $181.9 million in the first half of 2002, Gartner Dataquest revealed in a new report ("Cable Broadband Access Platform Shipments Fall as Service Providers Tighten their Belts, 1H2002 Market Share and Forecast 2002-2006").

Liberate posts wider Q1 loss

September 26, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Interactive software developer Liberate Technologies posted a wider year-over-year first quarter loss. The company cited the weakness in the cable and telecom sectors for the dip. The company reported a net loss of $249.6 million, or $2.35 a share, compared with a year-earlier net loss of $78 million, or 74 cents a share.

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