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Curtain to rise on Discovery's HD Theater this summer

April 16, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Discovery Communications Inc., aiming to put to rest criticism that a dearth of content is hindering consumer adoption of high-definition TV, said it will launch a new 24-hour, ad-supported HDTV channel this summer. The channel, Discovery HD Theater, will feature programming categories that have been tied to the company's networks for years, including nature, history, world cultures, science, e...

Aerocast leverages Linux to boost streaming capabilities

April 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Broadband content start-up Aerocast Inc. said it will integrate Linux software from IP Metrics Software in an effort to boost streaming video performance and reliability. IP Metrics' Linux-based NIC Express software is designed to bust bottlenecks by extending fault tolerance elements deep into a broadband network.

TI buys to strengthen VoP biz

April 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Texas Instruments Inc. is committed to the broadband voice-over packet market, and is snatching up Ditech Communications' Telinnovation echo-cancellation software unit to beef up its product offering. The acquisition will enable TI to provide customers with hardware and software carrier-class products that combine TI's voice-optimized digital signal processors (DSP) and Telogy Software products...


EarthLink upgrades biz-class DSL

April 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Broadband agnostic ISP EarthLink Inc. said it has upgraded its business-class DSL service level agreement (SLA), adding elements such as installation and service availability guarantees and a longer equipment warranty. The centerpiece of EarthLink's new SLA is "Installation Interval," a guarantee that the DSL line will be professionally installed within 30 calendar days from the date of the order.

Cox hits 1 million mark

April 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Last year, Cox Communications Inc. was left scrambling to get its own network up and running when Excite@Home declared bankruptcy. What could have been its darkest moment looks like it has turned into its finest hour. The cabler has transitioned several hundred thousand customers and now has one million residential broadband customers.

Satellite offers up multi-player gaming

April 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Static 2358, the interactive television gaming subsidiary of OpenTV, announced a new addition to its interactive games channel PlayJam-namely, advanced multi-player capability of the popular East End Arrows TV darts game. Starting this spring, viewers in Britain's 5.7 million digital satellite homes will be able to throw an interactive game of darts against a player down the hall, across the st...

CableLabs taps Cisco gear for PacketCable test network

April 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. said CableLabs has accepted three of its products for the R&D organization's PacketCable Advanced Interoperability Test Network (AITN). Specifically, CableLabs will install Cisco's DOCSIS 1.1-qualified uBR7246VXR CMTS/router, AS5350 Media Gateway and CSRC/BPR Provisioning Server on its Louisville, Colo.

NTL edges closer to deal with bondholders

April 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Brian Cattell | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…04/16/2002 From LexisNexis LONDON - Talks between stricken cable operator NTL Inc. and bondholders about a debt-for-equity swap have made rapid progress in recent days, and an agreement could be unveiled this week if creditor banks agree to the terms, sources said April 15.


Time Warner taps SeaChange for Portland VOD deployment

April 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Maintaining its video-on-demand momentum, Time Warner Cable said it has launched the service in Portland, Maine, with the help of SeaChange International Inc. video servers and software. Financial terms were not disclosed. Time Warner Cable also employs SeaChange gear in Portland to offer VOD services to hotels.

Corning to beat forecast; CEO set to retire

April 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Even though more job cuts are in Corning Inc.'s future, the maker of optical fiber says it may have finally hit bottom, and is eyeing 2003 as the year it will return to profitability. For the first quarter ended March 31, 2002, Corning expects to post a net loss of 10 cents a share, which beats analysts' consensus estimates by 7 cents a share.


OpenTV/Panasonic launch iTV box in Germany

April 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

A new Panasonic-branded, OpenTV powered digital set-top box will be launched in Germany next week—an announcement aimed at giving a boost to interactive television services in that market. The new box, the TU-DSF41, was developed for the satellite-based F.U.N. (Free Universe Network), and uses both the OpenTV core middleware and the Device Mosaic HTML engine.

ADC CMTS wins DOCSIS 1.1 qualification

April 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

After further testing following the end of certification wave 21, CableLabs has granted DOCSIS 1.1 qualification to ADC Telecommunications' Cuda 12000 IP Access Switch/cable modem termination system. The Cuda 12000 is also qualified for DOCSIS 1.0. The enhanced 1.1 spec calls for enhanced quality of service elements for tiered data services and packet-based applications such as IP telephony, an...

SCTE posts 2002 board election results

April 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) posted the official results of its 2002 board of directors election, which named two directors-at-large, one director-at-large-Canada and regional directors for seven geographic areas. The new board members will each serve two-year terms starting June 4, 2002.

Motorola bows 'thin-client' HD set-top

April 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Motorola Broadband Communications Sector has launched a "thin-client" version of its high-definition-capable DCT-5100 digital set-top. Designed for expansion, the DCT-5100 taps thin-client software with legacy interactive television applications as well as HDTV. An earlier roadmap for the DCT-5100 called for operating system options such as Microsoft Corp.

Growth for the router market … On the Edge

April 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The market for routing and switching equipment is suffering from saturation, a lack of capital spending from carriers, and an overall cratering of network spending in general. Yet amid all the telecom carnage, one area of the carrier's network-routing gear for the network edge-is growing at a quick pace.


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