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Metabyte Cashes in on Canal+, S-A

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Metabyte Networks Inc. said it raised $10 million in series B financing led by Canal+ Technologies and Scientific-Atlanta Inc. In turn, Canal+ said it would marry Metabyte's "MbTV" personalization technology with its MediaHighway middleware and personal video recording platform. With most of its deployment success coming outside U.

CacheVision Emerges, ReplayTV Reset

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CacheVision Inc. finally opened its kimono this summer to reveal a three-pronged personal video recording strategy with components ranging from software, storage modules and stand-alone and sidecar boxes. CacheVision, the product of a 50-50 joint venture between hard drive maker Seagate Technology and consumer electronics giant Thomson Multimedia, won't solely set its sites on the PVR.

A Novo Gears for Set-Top Repairs

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A Novo Broadband Inc. forked over about $8 million plus assumed debt to acquire Broadband Services Inc.'s equipment repair division, giving A Novo repair access to analog and digital set-tops built by Motorola Broadband Communications Sector and Scientific-Atlanta Inc. A Novo quickly followed the BSI purchase with a deal to acquire Pace Micro Technology plc's UK-based service and repair busines...

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Intel Gets to the AnyPoint

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Intel Corp. has unveiled a line of "AnyPoint Wireless II" home networking products, opting as expected to use the 802.11b protocol. Intel's first version of the product used the slower HomeRF 1.0 platform. 802.11b transfers data at speeds as high as 11 megabits per second, enough to transport some forms of streaming video and audio.

Studios Loosen Grip on VOD Titles

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Showing signs that Hollywood is becoming a bit more comfortable with the digital domain, five major studios have teamed on a new on-demand movie distribution service that relies heavily on broadband connections. Those studios–Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Studios and Warner Bros.

Consumers Warm to Bundled Services

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Consumers spend an average of $127 each month on their cable and telecommunications services, up about four percent from the $122 reported last year, reported a new Horowitz Associates Inc. study, "Bundled Services 4." North of half (52 percent) of the study's 800 respondents said they would buy all of their existing services if they were bundled, even without any change in price.

SofaWare Touts Home Net Safety

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

SofaWare Technologies has launched Safe@Home, a consumer-targeted security management system the company will market to cable operators and Internet service providers. Safe@Home–which employs firewall technology, scans for e-mail viruses and embeds parental control features–is designed to protect every IP device on a home network.

AOL-TW Targets TV-On-Demand

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

AOL Time Warner Inc.'s newly minted interactive-video division bolted from the blocks with the goal of raising the bar on the on-demand concept. Blending a wide array of content with technical know-how, the division plans to hasten the growth of video-on-demand, subscription-VOD and other advanced applications such as IP telephony, personal video recording, multiple ISP access and targeted adv...

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DOCSIS 2.0 to Bolster Upstream, Mitigate Noise

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to bolster cable return paths to 30 megabits per second in order to accommodate advanced applications like peer-to-peer and video conferencing, CableLabs said last month that it is creating a new version of the Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specification that incorporates advanced PHY modulation techniques.

Nagel Lends Palm a Hand

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Former AT&T Corp. executive David Nagel has joined Palm Inc. as president and CEO of the company's newly-formed operating system division. Nagel, who has been a Palm board member since February 2000, most recently was chief technology officer and president of AT&T Labs. In his new role, Nagel will spearhead efforts to improve the capabilities of Palm's handheld computer platform, whic...

Cracks Form in Riverstone-Tellabs Relationship

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A once promising relationship has made an ugly turn for the litigious. In dueling lawsuits, Riverstone Networks Inc. last month said it had filed a complaint against Tellabs Inc., claiming that Tellabs failed to fulfill obligations connected to a strategic alliance between the companies. The complaint, filed in the Superior Court of California in Santa Clara County, alleged that Tellabs faile...

Canal+ Elevates David Moss

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Conditional access and ITV software vendor Canal+ Technologies Inc. has elevated David Moss to chief executive officer, claiming the move confirms its commitment to the U.S. market. Moss joined the company last year as its senior vice president of sales. Moss, a former Motorola Broadband Communication Sector and General Instrument Corp.

Arris to Resell Ceon Provisioning Suite

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Arris Group Inc. has agreed to resell Ceon Corp.'s "It's On" software application suite, which provisions broadband service elements such as order management and activation. Arris said it will add Ceon's software to its "Cornerstone Cable Provisioning System 2000" and "Arris Subscriber Management Solution" products, which handle provisioning of voice and data services.

Microsoft, Chyron Forge iTV Player

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Expanding on a previous relationship, Microsoft Corp. and Chyron Corp. have launched the "Metaplayer," a software-based tool designed to help broadcasters and cable operators manage and deliver ATVEF-based triggers for iTV applications running over the Microsoft TV platform. The companies said the player could manage "millions" of hyperlinks instantaneously using Simple Object Access Protocol ...

Sweet Digital Returns

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Arris Group Inc. said Insight Communications Co. Inc. will be the first cable operator to deploy its new 2.5 Gigahertz digital return transmitter, a technology designed to lower costs by minimizing the number of active elements on a cable network. Insight initially will deploy the technology in Louisville, Ky.

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