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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...

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.


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.


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.

AOLTW aids 9-11's K-12 victims; Cable Center gets $5 M

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

The AOL Time Warner Foundation donated $250,000 to The After School Corp. to help K-12 students in Manhattan who were most affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The funding, for programs in public schools south of Manhattan's Canal Street, ultimately will help build after-school programs for more than 2,500 students, the company says.

Motorola BCS taps Zone's firewall; RealNetworks' user update

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Sector will bundle Zone Labs Inc.'s ZoneAlarm Pro and ZoneAlarm Internet firewall products in it SURFboard cable modems. Under the deal, Motorola will bundle Zone Labs' CD-ROM with the SURFboard SB4200 retail cable modem, and may offer it to its broadband cable operator customers via bundling and its Web site, it says.

Concurrent joins VOD over DSL venture

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Video-on-demand server specialist Concurrent Computer Corp. said it has entered into a strategic alliance with Thirdspace Living Limited, a supplier of video server system software for DSL-based VOD services. In addition to lending its video server expertise to the budding VOD firm, Concurrent has become a shareholder in London-based Thirdspace, joining Alcatel and Oracle Corp.

Net2Phone files lawsuit against Cisco

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Net2Phone and its ADIR Technologies unit filed a lawsuit against Cisco Systems, alleging Cisco reneged on an agreement and misrepresented the basis of a business relationship. "This appears to be an effort to justify a business failure by filing a lawsuit," says Cisco spokesman Steve Langdon. ADIR has also announced it would pursue further cost-cutting measures.


ITC needs more time on Gemstar patent lawsuit

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A U.S. International Trade Commission judge delayed until June a decision in a patent-infringement lawsuit Gemstar-TV Guide filed against nearly 10 companies. Citing the case's complexity, Judge Paul J. Luckern's order extends until June 21 at the latest an initial decision on whether or not Gemstar's Interactive Program Guides patents were violated.

Charter changeup puts Microsoft TV on hold

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. is shifting its interactive gears, and that means yet another delay for Microsoft Corp.'s interactive TV platform. In November, Charter announced it had selected the Microsoft TV software to deploy the next generation of interactive TV services to 1 million of its customers over the next seven years.

CRTC summons Videotron to defend cable line fees

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Barbara Shecter | Comments

Copyright 2002 National Post, All Rights Reserved National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post)…03/20/2002 From LexisNexis Videotron ltee has been summoned to a hearing before the federal cable regulator next month to justify charging competitors $5 per subscriber per month to use cable lines it pipes into Quebec apartments.

Charter shuffles stations in Long Beach area

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by John W. Cox | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Press-Telegram Press-Telegram…03/20/2002 From LexisNexis Charter Communications of Long Beach launched a new channel lineup this week that added four new stations but subtracted 13 others from its basic cable package. The shuffle coincided with signal changes that were expected to provide improved reception to the company's...

In tune on digital TV: NCTA/NAB team

March 19, 2002 7:00 pm | by Pamela McClintock | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…03/20/2002 From LexisNexis Downplaying the strained relationship between cablers and broadcasters as something akin to "love and marriage," National Cable & Telecom Association topper Robert Sachs on Tuesday made partial peace with National Assn.

Boylan to resign from Gemstar-TV Guide on April 1

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In an unexpected move, Peter Boylan will resign as co-president and co-chief operating officer of Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. on April 1. Gemstar, which made the announcement late Monday, said Boylan will stay on as "a consultant to the company." The news hit Gemstar's stock in early trading Tuesday, as shared slid almost $3 to $18.

Meanwhile at Charter …

March 18, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

"We're being protested today," says Charter Communications spokesman Andy Morgan, from the company's St. Louis office. "They're marching around and chanting, 'We're checking Charter.'" Like other broadband providers, including EchoStar Communications, Charter has been picketed by the National Action Network, as part of a national campaign to "have the nation's TV satellite and cable broadcastin...


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