Cox Communications VP/GM and sleeper candidate Ray Nagin shot ahead of the local police chief in New Orleans' mayor's primary Saturday, surprising pollsters with 28 percent of the vote on a 98 percent voter turnout. The city's runoff election is March 2. Last week, the polls had Nagin trailing behind Police Chief Richard Pennington and possibly State Senator Paulette Irons.
Subscriptions in all sectors rose in the fourth quarter, and Comcast Corp.'s revenue reached $9.7 billion for the year, but the cableco showed a $321 million, or 34 cents a share, net loss in its fourth quarter. On the sub side, the cableco added 213,800 digital cable subscriptions in its fourth quarter, for a weekly average of more than 16,400 net additions.
The announcement's a bit late, but AOL's Time Warner Cable in November started inserting commercials in its Milwaukee headends, using nCUBE's digital program insertion technology. The announcement is nCUBE's second this month on its DPI system. nCUBE isn't releasing financial terms of the deal, spokesman Mike Krilich says.
Amid so much talk of taking broadband to rural areas, a handful of medium and small cablecos want the policy-making sector to know: Been there, done that, invested the millions. At a briefing for U.S. Federal Communications Commission staff and commissioners, arranged by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CEOs of seven MSOs detailed the nearly $500 million they've invested...
Microsoft and a Portugese video and broadband company teamed on an iTV development kit. The two just launched the English version — for Microsoft TV Developer Program members. Sagreskit, developed by the software giant and Novabase iDTV in Portugal, is designed to speed and ease building iTV services for Microsoft TV's advanced version 1.
Maybe it was getting too quiet on the lawsuit front. TiVo says it filed its first infringement lawsuit ever, against SONICblue Jan. 23 in San Jose. The lawsuit alleges SONICblue infringed on the Multimedia Time Warping patent TiVo received in May. TiVO's patent lets users store TV programs while simultaneously watching or reviewing another one.
Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Sector teamed with Nortel Networks on an integrated VoIP system intended to help simplify deployment of VoIP equipment, the two say. The nonexclusive deal combines Motorola's IP cable access network experience and Nortel's work in deploying voice and data networks.
Com21 Inc. is hoping its DOXcontroller XB will push it into the Xtreme bandwidth market. The system is still under development, and will include a DOXcontroller 1000 headend and a newly expanded version of the company's network management and provisioning system, formerly only available with Com21's ComUNITY Access System, it says.
That spin off didn't go off completely without a hitch, it appears. Cabletron spinoff Enterasys Systems took a double hit Thursday when in-house questions turned up a questionable contract coming out of its Asia Pacific region, followed promptly by an "apparently unrelated" notice that it was under investigation by the U.
Just slightly behind its Q4 schedule, Roseville Telephone finished phase one of its fiber-to-the-home program in certain Roseville, Calif., neighborhoods. Roseville, a California-based unit of SureWest Communications, says the program extends its existing fiber-to-the-curb infrastructure to Del Webb's Sun City Roseville Community and parts of the Highland Reserve and Diamond Oaks neighborhoods.
Under a new deal, Canada's The Weather Network will use broadcasting technology from Wink Communications that gives viewers access to "forecast conditions of their choice, 24 hours a day," Wink says. Users also can see commercials, ask for more information or buy directly from the advertiser via their remotes.
Under a new deal, Italian satellite maker Alenia Spazio SpA will build satellites for Teledesic LLC's global broadband Internet-in-the-Sky satellite communications network. Financial terms were not disclosed. Teledesic developed a new constellation design of 30 medium-Earth-orbit satellites, it says.
Allied Riser Communications Corp.'s stockholders approved its merger with a Cogent Communications Group Inc. unit, after a judge denied a motion to block the deal. Dallas-based Allied Riser provides broadband data, video and voice services to small- and medium-sized businesses. Holders of its convertible subordinated notes due 2007 filed the motion for a preliminary injunction, which was denied...
After selling about 1.5 million gaming consoles between Nov. 15 and the end of 2001, Microsoft Corp., maker of the Xbox, said it plans to roll out the machine's multiplayer gaming service in the first half of 2002. Cable operators have noted that the Xbox, in a massive, multiplayer environment, could give rise to a variety of bandwidth management and provisioning issues.
After operating in stealth mode for several months, Steve Perlman's Rearden Steel Technologies finally opened up its fortified kimono to reveal a new brand identity, a broadband strategy and a deal with DBS giant EchoStar Communications. Shedding its Rearden Steel moniker, the Palo Alto, Calif.