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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.

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.

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.


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...

SCTE to award cash to top recruiters

April 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers said it will try to pump up its rolls with a new recruiter campaign for current members. Running May 1 through May 31, SCTE will award $500 to the top recruiter. Members who recruit 10 new members will win a free, annual membership. Those who reel in 25 new members will earn free registration (a $500 value) to the 2003 Cable-Tec Expo.

PVR-capable Explorer 8000 enters trials

April 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta said the Explorer 8000, an advanced digital set-top box with on-board digital video recording capabilities, debuted in subscriber homes this week as part of MSO trials. So far, Time Warner Cable, which has ordered 100,000 units, is the first formal MSO customer for the 8000, which houses dual tuners, an 80-Gigabyte hard drive and DVR software that syncs up with the box's resi...

Digital set-top sector poised for growth

April 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The digital set-top box market will top $5.3 billion in sales by 2005, one analysis says. In three years' time, the installed base of digital set-top boxes will exceed 53 million, according to the latest research from Multimedia Research Group Inc. ( The research firm found that incremental digital services, such as video-on-demand, subscription VOD, PVRs and advanced electronic ...


Adelphia warns of possible Nasdaq delisting

April 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Adelphia Communications, under scrutiny for failing to report it had guaranteed $2.3 billion in debts, said late Thursday that its stock is subject to delisting for failing to file its 10-K with the Security and Exchange Commission in a timely manner. On Tuesday, the MSO said it would miss an extended deadline to file the document.


Duke University to trial VOD

April 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Video-on-demand distributor CinemaNow Inc. announced a content licensing deal with Cflix Inc., a broadband entertainment network that specifically targets the college market. The deal will bring CinemaNow content to Duke students via a featured "channel" that will offer students select films in CinemaNow's library of titles.

House Energy Committee leaders to propose delaying spectrum auction

April 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2002 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network, Inc. The Bulletin's Frontrunner…04/19/2002 From LexisNexis CQ (4/18, Cohn) reports House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders "plan to unveil legislation next week that would deal the powerful broadcasting industry at least a temporary blow." The measure would "postpone indefinitely a proposed June 19 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) au...

Chinook closing shop

April 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Unable to flush out demand for its technology and secure more funding, Lexington, Mass.-based start-up Chinook Communications told stockholders last month that the company was in the process of shutting down. In a letter issued on March 26, company President and CEO Sonia Khademi and Executive Vice President and CFO Elliot Honan informed shareholders that Chinook's board of directors and manage...

Diva cuts 20 percent of staff, said to be on the block

April 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Diva Systems officials confirmed late Wednesday that the VOD vendor laid off 20 percent of its staff early in the week as part of an effort to reduce expenses and streamline operations. Diva, according to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing, has enough cash to get it through the end of this June.

Concurrent taps Everstream for targeted ads

April 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

VOD vendor Concurrent Computer Corp. has inked a deal to license and co-market Everstream's proprietary advertising system for targeted and interactive ads delivered over broadband networks. Tied to that, Concurrent has made a $500,000 equity investment in Everstream. On the technical front, the companies have built a joint interface that will run Everstream's S4 Campaign Director ad-insertion ...

CLEC emerges from bankruptcy

April 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Many have tried, but only a few have succeeded. McLeodUSA Inc. joins a very short list of telecom companies that have successfully escaped from the trenches of bankruptcy protection proceedings. The CLEC's security holders approved an amended reorganization plan, calling for McLeodUSA to distribute $670 million in cash to its senior noteholders.

Alcatel touts fiber-to-the-user

April 17, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Despite concerns over cost and manageability of all-fiber delivery systems, the development of deep fiber platforms to deliver ultra-high speed communications directly to users continues to plod along. Telco gear maker Alcatel has announced a Fiber-To-The-User optical fiber cable platform that delivers light-speed communications right up to subscriber premises.



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