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Time Warner shares the VOD wealth with nCUBE

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Pushing ahead with its multi-vendor approach to video-on-demand, Time Warner Cable said Monday it will deploy nCUBE equipment to offer VOD in seven additional markets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Time Warner Cable is deploying nCUBE's n4 video servers and VOD management platform in Los Angeles and, reportedly, in the MSO's coveted New York City market.

Wave7 picks up $3 M from Mellon in Series B

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Mellon Ventures Inc. injected $3 million into Wave7 Optics' second round of financing, bringing the equipment maker's Series B total to $23 million. Other investors in the round include Advanced Technology Ventures, Armada Venture Partners, Morganthaler and Lucent Ventures Partners. The funds will go toward Wave7's introduction of its Last Mile Link package of optical access products, which pro...

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Office market 2Wire's new target

March 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Home-network gateway makers are growing more enamored with the small- to medium-sized business market, and products aimed at that market are only starting to emerge. A player in the residential gateway market, San Jose, Calif.-based 2Wire Inc., released the OfficePortal broadband router line to address the networking needs of small and SOHO businesses.

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E-mail overload sends 10,000 e-mails into oblivion

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Sean Silcoff | Comments

Copyright 2002 National Post, All Rights Reserved National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post)…03/22/2002 From LexisNexis MONTREAL - Videotron Ltee, Quebec's largest cable company, says it will apologize to more than 300,000 of its Internet customers after losing an estimated 10,000 to 12,500 e-mails Tuesday night.

S-A to launch cable modem; Bell Labs breaks record

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta released its WebSTAR DPX120 Euro-DOCSIS 1.0-certified cable modem. The product also operates as DOCSIS modem, and uses a faster microprocessor than previous models. The cable modem is designed for Ethernet and USB conection, has a small footprint, uses WebWizard, and has enhanced bi-directional performance for data throughput.

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Liberate hits OpenTV with countersuit

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

With its ducks in a row, Liberate Technologies reiterated its Feb. 8 denial of infringing on two OpenTV patents and filed a counter lawsuit against OpenTV. Today's lawsuit seeks monetary damages and an injunction. Liberate's lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California, alleges that OpenTV's technology violates several of Liberate's "early and seminal patents on key interactive televis...

DirecTV files signal theft lawsuit against radio host

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Call DirecTV Inc. unamused. The satellite company has filed a lawsuit against New York-based WFAN sports radio personality Sid Rosenberg over comments DirecTV says he made over the air. During a March 11 Imus in the Morning show with Don Imus, DirecTV says Rosenberg told Imus he had used an illegally modified DirecTV access card and urged Imus to do likewise.

CableLabs taking precautions against collusion queries

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…03/22/2002 From LexisNexis When CableLabs unveiled Go2Broadband in June 2000, it was celebrated as new and important tool to spur widespread adoption of broadband by making it easier for consumers to determine whether required technology was available in their area.

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Lawmakers grill Global, Qwest, WorldCom brass

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Andrew Backover | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…03/22/2002 From LexisNexis WASHINGTON — Telecommunications executives defended their accounting practices Thursday as lawmakers questioned whether the companies used shady bookkeeping and misled investors. On the hot seat: Global Crossing, the fiber-optic carrier, which in January became the biggest telecom to file for Chapter 11 bankru...

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Ciena considering more acquisitions

March 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Justin Baer | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…03/22/2002 From LexisNexis Ciena Corp., the maker of fiber-optic equipment that agreed to purchase rival ONI Systems Corp. last month, may buy more companies this year to bolster its line of networking gear, an executive said. "Do we have everything we need? The answer is no," Steve Chaddick, Ciena's chief strategy officer, said in...

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DirecTV inks reseller deal with Worldcom, ups guidance

March 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

DirecTV Broadband inked a deal with WorldCom to expand its DSL service into the West and Midwest via a rebranding agreement with WorldCom. DirecTV parent Hughes Electronics also updated its first-quarter guidance on the DirecTV service. The deal is basically a reseller agreement that gives DirecTV Broadband access to WorldCom's systems.

Charter pulls back on Microsoft TV-DCT-5000 combo

March 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications is delaying plans to deploy Microsoft TV software for advanced DCT-5000 set-top boxes as the MSO shifts its iTV efforts toward a new class of "companion" boxes designed to co-exist with legacy, "thin-client" DCT-2000s. Charter spokesman Andy Morgan said the MSO will not deploy Microsoft-powered iTV services on the DCT-5000 early this year as originally planned, and has no...

Key lawmakers say telecom bill unlikely to pass Senate

March 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by William Glanz | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Washington Times The Washington Times…03/21/2002 From LexisNexis Key lawmakers said a bill to deregulate the telecommunications industry will not pass the Senate, crushing the momentum that its sponsors built over three years while they shepherded the measure through the House.

Eagle opens third Texas headend facility

March 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Eagle Broadband's ClearWorks unit finished a master headend facility near Austin, Texas, and will launch its bundled digital services within a week. The headend "provides Eagle Broadband a distribution and control point to serve a large portion of the … base that surrounds Austin, as well as the Central Texas area in general, says President and COO Manny Carter, in a statement.

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Comcast to open $15M call center in Ann Arbor

March 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Brenda Rios | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Detroit Free Press Detroit Free Press…03/21/2002 From LexisNexis Comcast Corp., the biggest cable company in Michigan, plans to open a $15 million call center in Scio Township outside Ann Arbor that will create 400 jobs by the end of January 2003.

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