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Broadcom Chip Dials Up VoIP

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadcom Corp. has debuted its "BCM3351," an integrated cable modem chip that targets data and two-line, voice-over-Internet protocol applications. Designed for DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS as well as CableLabs' upcoming CableHome specification, Broadcom's chip is also available with the company's "CablexChange" PacketCable VoIP software.

TVGateway Upgrades IPG

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Following certification by Motorola Broadband's Acadia Labs, TVGateway LLC said it launched an enhanced version of its digital interactive program guide, offering updated graphics, "favorite channel" lists, and a guide data download function that enables subs to view multiple days of TV schedules on demand.

WINfirst Moves on iTV

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Denver-based fiber-to-the-home overbuilder WINfirst said it has launched interactive television services in Sacramento, Calif., offering video-on-demand, an advanced channel navigator and other applications created via its middleware and conditional access partnership with Canal+ Technologies. Among those apps, Canal+'s "Mosaic Navigator" offers a live view of as many as 12 different channels ...


Motorola Elevates Breen

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Keeping a firm eye on the future of broadband, Motorola Inc. said it has selected Edward Breen to succeed Robert Growney as the company's president and chief operating officer. Breen, who is the executive vice president and president of Motorola's Networks Sector, was the chairman and CEO of General Instrument Corp.

Pacific Broadband Finds an Ally in S-A

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After going years without a cable modem termination system of its own, Scientific-Atlanta Inc. said it will bolster its data strategy via a reselling arrangement with San Jose, Calif.-based start-up Pacific Broadband Communications. Under terms of the deal, S-A will be the exclusive reseller of PBC CMTS gear in North America.

Four Break the DOCSIS 1.1 Barrier

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Widening the door for advanced cable-based services and applications such as packetized voice, two cable modem manufacturers and two cable modem termination system vendors on Sept. 27 became the first to pass CableLabs' test for the DOCSIS 1.1 specification. Following a revamped effort for automated testing routines and an "ongoing" wave of DOCSIS 1.

Time Warner Extends CSG Contract

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Columbus, Ohio division said it extended an existing billing and customer care agreement with CSG Systems Inc. for a period of three years. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the new deal, CSG will continue to provide customer service and support to about 308,000 cable subscribers in the greater Columbus area.

WOW secures cable franchise transfers

October 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

WideOpenWest finished the 115 cable TV franchise transfers it needed for its pending purchase of Ameritech New Media's cable systems in certain metro areas. The transfers — for systems in the Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit metro areas — are part of a previously announced acquisition deal.


Comcast weighs in on Q3, Outdoor Life and cable theft

October 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Comcast Corp.'s subscriber numbers showed fairly steady growth in the third quarter, but the cableco recorded a $106.8 million net loss on service revenue of $1.5 billion. Comcast also acquired the Outdoor Life Network and sold its interest in Speedvision for an undisclosed amount. The company cable unit's quarterly net subscriber additions reached 12,300, compared with a negative 9,800 in seco...

Tomen taps Convergys' WIZARD

October 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Convergys Corp. will supply its WIZARD subscriber management and billing system to iTV services from Tomen Mediacom, brand name Mediatti, of Japan. Under the seven-year deal, Convergys will supply the system and will work with Nihon Unisys Ltd. on system integration and localization. Mediatti will use the system in a Convergys service bureau environment to support its digital cable launch.

Two cablecos trial Ucentric's multiTV PVR

October 29, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Comcast Corp. and Rogers Cable are working on trials of Ucentric Systems' network-based personal video recorder technology. Comcast is conducting technical trials and Rogers will phase the PVR technology into an in-progress iTV trial, a spokeswoman says. Ucentric's PVR works on its home-networking software platform, and lets consumers hook up PVR capabilities on all the home's TVs via one piece...

NCTA calls for Cable 2002 technical paper summaries

October 29, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

NCTA is calling for summaries of proposed technical papers for Cable 2002 and for its 43rd volume of the conference series. The summaries, due Dec. 10, will be judged by NCTA's Engineering Committee members. Favored topics include advancements in digital and optical broadband technology, with "special interest" in broadband server architecture, national-scale distributed computer networking, tr...

Terayon contracts with two Canadian cablecos

October 29, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Terayon Communication Systems Inc. landed contracts with two Canadian cable operators for its DOCSIS 1.0-certified cable data system. Financial terms were undisclosed. Brooks Bay Cable of Port Alice, and Sunshine Communications of Grand Forks, both in British Columbia, began deployments of Terayon's BE 2000 and DOCSIS cable modems in September, says Terayon spokesman John Giddings.

Cable industry wary as GM/EchoStar agree on Hughes

October 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

With a few choice words for General Motors' sale of Hughes Electronics, News Corp. walked out of talks Saturday and withdrew its offer for the unit. GM then agreed Sunday to sell Hughes to EchoStar for about $25 billion in stock and cash. A key claim is that the combined company will provide a "meaningful competitor" to cable TV companies, GM says in a statement.

Another cable news roundup

October 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Cable - Houston will continue to use customer care and billing services from CSG Systems Inc., CSG says. Under a renewed contract, TWC will use the care-and-billing engine and will deploy CSG Care Express, a Web-based tool that lets users view and manage accounts sans a customer service rep.


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