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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

PayForView.com streaming conferences

February 26, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Web-based entertainment and advertising company PayForView.com, is entering into B2B partnerships to stream professional conferences on its site using its streaming media and triggered content template. So while company budgets may be spared the T & E expenses of sending employees to conferences, there will still be a per-use or subscription fee charged for virtual attendance.

BroadJump trucks with Time Warner

February 26, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

BroadJump has inked another deal for its Virtual Truck self-provisioning technology. Time Warner plans to launch the Virtual Truck Qualifier in 17 of its markets. Time Warner will re-brand the technology as Road Runner System Qualifier. The technology can determine if potential subscribers have the necessary computing resources to support a broadband connection.

Scientific-Atlanta hosts iTV forum

February 26, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta 's first consortium, the CreativEdge Developer's Conference, brought together 68 interactive TV developers to discuss iTV applications and how cable operators can maintain an advantage over DBS in offering new services. "The goal of this developer's conference is to accelerate the deployment of interactive TV services by giving developers the opportunity to collaborate with e...

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Agere develops agile chip

February 26, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Agere Systems has developed a low-power ringing subscriber line interface circuit (SLIC) chip that connects directly to Broadcom Corp.'s customer premise equipment (CPE) chips for VoIP solutions. The low-power SLIC chip provides the interface between a standard, in-home telephone set and other communications equipment, such as cable modems and residential or small-office and home-office (SOHO) ...

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Commerce.TV reels in Adelphia

February 25, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Meeting ever increasing demand for interactive TV, Adelphia cable subscribers will be getting interactive television services from Commerce.TV Adelphia expects to deploy the interactive platform to its digital cable subscribers as part of its standard digital TV package by the end of the year. Adelphia has approximately 5.

InfoSpace and ICTV do interactive deal

February 25, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

InfoSpace and ICTV have hooked up to design, optimize and deliver InfoSpace's broadband services and iTV applications through ICTV's digital broadband platform. According to the companies, InfoSpace plans to integrate a number of its broadband services and iTV applications with the ICTV digital broadband platform, including applications like search and reference and finance and games.

Cox buying a whole lot of set-tops

February 25, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Cox is making a volume purchase of Scientific-Atlanta Explorer advanced set-tops. The number two MSO plans to purchase at least 240,000 of S-A's Explorer 2100 digital interactive set-tops in 2001. The digital box offers enhanced features the company thinks is sure to whet subscribers' appetite for interactive TV applications.

TyCom ahead of schedule

February 25, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

TyCom 's transatlantic portion of the TyCom Global Network (TGN), scheduled to be placed in service in July 2001, will reach increased capacity sooner than expected and able to meet demand for larger bandwidth increments, including wavelengths. The upgrade to 560 gigabits per second, which will double initial capacity, will be in place by the first half of 2002, approximately one year ahead of ...

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COAX and Integra5 team up

February 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Headend and networking products manufacturer Coax and Integra5, a developer of unified messaging, are blending their technologies to develop UniTVO, a broadband messaging application using Coax's programmable headend architecture. "Our MISTICO headend router and Integra5's UniTVO content-aware gateway will operate with a variety of existing set-top boxes and will require no additional customer ...

Tit for tat…not

February 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Qwest has given up trying to talk its way onto AT&T Broadband 's network and now intends to force its way in, reports the Rocky Mountain News. Working through public utilities commissions and possibly the FCC, the broadband networks provider will try to stake what it believes is a legal claim on AT&T's network.

Liberty on the move

February 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

A busy week for Liberty Media has culminated in some big deals and the reality of a spinoff. The company is purchasing a majority stake, 55 percent, in six regional cable TV companies owned by German telecom group Deutsche Telekom. By inking this deal, Liberty will gain access to approximately 10 million households in a dozen German states.

Tit for tat…not(2)

February 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Qwest has given up trying to talk its way onto AT&T Broadband 's network and now intends to force its way in, reports the Rocky Mountain News. Working through public utilities commissions and possibly the FCC, the broadband networks provider will try to stake what it believes is a legal claim on AT&T's network.

Talk to me

February 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The visually impaired may no longer be cut off from the new world of interactive TV. AOL and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) are launching a research partnership to make interactive TV more available to the visually impaired. The project will initially focus on the next generation of set-top boxes, specifically making the electronic progr...

Siemens makes Efficient play

February 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

In a direct effort to strengthen its DSL presence, German company Siemens has offered approximately $1.5 billion in cash for Dallas-based Efficient Networks. Efficient Networks' product line includes DSL modems, routers, integrated access devices, supporting voice and data services and management systems and software.

Liberate teams with DemandVideo

February 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

DemandVideo has signed up to use Liberate's TV Platform Compact software to deliver VOD to its subscribers. The combination of DemandVideo's VOD services with Liberate's software creates a package service providers can use to deliver a comprehensive VOD offering, including content acquisition, encoding, management and co-branded marketing programs for affiliates.

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