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Microsoft TV lays off 60, alters iTV strategy

April 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Microsoft Corp. officials confirmed Wednesday morning that the company has laid off 60 staffers from its interactive television division. According to the Wall Street Journal, Moshe Lichtman, who took the lead at Microsoft TV in January, sent an e-mail to employees on Monday to disclose the cuts as well as a strategy shift.

Carnegie Mellon, 3 Rivers propose 'affordable' broadband measures

April 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University researchers and 3 Rivers Connect, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit, have launched a joint venture to create an "affordable" broadband network for the 12-county southwestern region of Pennsylvania. Dubbed "Digital Rivers," the project will investigate technical, economic and policy issues tied to improving access to broadband services.

Broadband piques consumers' interests

April 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadband isn't just for the rich anymore, the masses are warming up and getting ready to get into the game. The desire to have an always-on connection is piquing the interest of many dial-up customers in the United States, one analysis says. While the penetration rate of broadband Internet access is still low in the United States — only 16 percent of U.

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HomePlug 1.0 chipset certified

April 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, an industry group working to specify home networking gear that operates over traditional residential electrical wiring, announced the certification of a chipset from one of its member companies. The latest chipset to be certified under the HomePlug 1.0 specification established last year is from Canadian chipmaker Cogency Semiconductor.

Motorola keeps busy at ANGA confab

April 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Motorola Broadband Communications Sector introduced a slew of products this week at the ANGA conference in Germany, including two multimedia terminal adapters, three DVB-based digital boxes, a new operational support system, and licensing program for the company's MediaCipher conditional access platform.

European survey shows iTV interest

April 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The European market for interactive television services shows a lot of promise, and a new survey results from interactive software provider Canal+ Technologies bears this out. The survey, conducted by provider CANALSATELLITE with its subscribers in France, bottom-lined revenue from interactive TV applications at 152 million Euros ($133 million U.

nCUBE, Everstream to integrate targeted ad tech

April 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Following in the footsteps of a close on-demand technology rival, nCUBE Corp. on Tuesday inked a deal with Everstream to create an interactive advertising platform for cable and satellite operators. Under the deal, nCUBE will integrate its nABLE On-Demand Management System with Everstream's proprietary advertising software.

Earthlink Grows Broadband Base

April 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Despite missing Wall Street's first-quarter estimates, EarthLink Inc. says its broadband subscriber base grew 13 percent during the fourth quarter 2001. Although EarthLink's first-quarter revenue increased 13 percent to $333.4 million compared to numbers posted in the first quarter 2001, the number fell short of Wall Street's expectations.

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Arris to sell TollBridge gateways

April 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

After participating in a recently sewn up IP telephony trial in Detroit with Comcast Corp., Arris and TollBridge Technologies have formalized their relationship under a new re-seller deal. Specifically, Arris will flesh out its CompleteVoice cable telephony suite with TollBridge's TB300 gateway, and sell the equipment to cable operators worldwide.

L.A. Overbuilder launches in Pasadena

April 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Cable television customers in Pasadena, Calif. will now have a choice in service providers, with the launch last week of voice/video/data services from overbuilder Altrio Communications into that market. Altrio offers traditional television, video-on-demand, high speed Internet via cable modem, along with local and long distance telephone in its service bundle, now available in the Pasadena and...

FCC delays EchoStar-Hughes review

April 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Federal regulators have been reviewing the proposed EchoStar-Hughes Electronics merger with a fine-toothed comb, but the FCC is putting on the brakes until further public comment on the deal. In February the companies said they plan to launch a spot-beam satellite to enable the delivery of local channels in all 210 markets the combined company would serve.

DISH bundles more DSL

April 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Digital satellite TV provider EchoStar Communications Corp. and national ISP EarthLink announced a marketing alliance to offer consumers combined Dish Network satellite TV and EarthLink DSL services. Through Dish Network retailers, the two will be offering a competitive bundle to consumers who take the two services, offering monthly credits of up to $10.

Vulcan Machines touts hard-wired Java chip for set-tops

April 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

U.K.-based start-up Vulcan Machines has unveiled the Moon2, a hard-wired processor with Java Virtual Machine (JVM) technology for advanced digital set-tops and mobile phones. Vulcan Machines claims its hardware approach to the JVM provides better performance and costs than software-based JVM applications.

Adelphia swimming with ADC's 'Cuda' CMTS gear

April 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

ADC Telecommunications said it shipped its 100th Cuda 12000 IP Access Switch to Adelphia Communications Corp. Adelphia has deployed the equipment to six of its seven regions, including Los Angeles, Calif. To date, Adelphia has received 100 Cuda 12000 platforms and 1,000 DOCSIS modules, ADC said. The Cuda 12000, which is comprised of cable modem termination system capabilities, was awarded DOCSI...

Cox's VOD target: 40% of homes passed by year-end

April 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner, Susan Rush | Comments

Following an aggressive foray into cable telephony, Cox Communications Inc. plans to do much of the same with video-on-demand, and leverage the service to obtain and retain digital customers. On Monday, the MSO said it has launched video-on-demand service, which it dubs "Entertainment on Demand," systemwide to all digital subs in San Diego, Calif.

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