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Cablevision selling programming arm Rainbow Media

January 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Cablevision Systems has put its Rainbow Media programming arm up for sale, and several companies who are likely buyers are being courted for the cable network unit, the New York Times reported Tuesday. To be considered, USA Networks, Liberty Media, General Electric's NBC unit and Comcast have been told they must submit bids by Jan.

Happy New Year, your rates are going up

January 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

When the glow of the holidays wears off and the credit card statements begin showing up, another fiscal reality isn't exactly what consumers need. But beginning next month, AT&T subscribers will be slapped with cable TV rate increases ranging from almost 5 percent to 6.5 percent. AT&T says the cost of providing service, programming, technical upgrades and improving customer service has ...

Disney getting along

January 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Disney is starting off the new year right, resolving several carriage issues it had with Comcast and Cable One cable companies. The disagreements were over costs associated with carrying Disney programming and retransmission consent. Dragging on the longest were the Comcast negotiations. For months, the third-largest cable company and Disney wrangled over which of Disney's cable networks Comcas...


New must-carry question plaguing FCC

January 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The FCC may soon decide if TV stations transmitting in digital-only format only are eligible for must-carry status. Currently, cable companies are required to retransmit broadcast stations with analog signals. The question of digital television signals being rebroadcast as analog came to light when a Florida station transmitting in digital requested that local cable operators carry its digital ...

Service Electric, WeiTel team on testing, power supply maintenance

January 1, 2001 7:15 am | by CED staff | Comments

Service Electric Cablevision and WeiTel have partnered to complete annual FCC-mandated Proof of Performance Testing for Service Electric and perform on-going preventive maintenance on the operator’s power supplies throughout Pennsylvania.

Broadband Briefs for 12/07/07

January 1, 2001 7:00 am | by CED Staff | Comments

RCN lures NFL fans at Comcast's expense... Bright House adds telecom vet as VP of business solutions... Advisory firms back Arris' buy of C-Cor

LG Electronics' Q2 net profit plunges, sales fall

January 1, 2001 7:00 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | Comments

Sales declined, and its mobile phone business remained in the red.

$1 billion contract takes the high (speed) road

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | Comments

Aerie Networks, Nortel sign contract for 20,000-mile national network for service providers. Aerie Networks will spend $1 billion with Nortel Networks over the next four years to optical networking gear in its 20,000-mile, high-capacity fiber-optic network in the U.S. Aerie, based in Denver, is linking 194 U.


'Desperate Housewives,' 'Lost' headline Apple's new iPod

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | Comments

Apple put video portability into the mainstream this week with the launch of its much-anticipated video iPod...and a major content deal in tow. The device, which features a 2.5-inch color screen and hard drives of 30 GB or 60 GB, is getting off the ground with a deal with Disney , and downloadable access to

Ciena supplies first nationwide optical mesh network in India

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Traci Patterson | Comments

Ciena Corp.’s CoreDirector multiservice optical switches have been deployed by VSNL in order to create the first nationwide optical mesh network in India.


Fujitsu beefs up lab to support LTE

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Fujitsu Network Communications said it is expanding its laboratory facilities at its Richardson, Texas...

A Movie

December 31, 2000 7:00 pm | Comments

'A Movie'

Speaking of "put"(2)

December 21, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Fox Family CEO Haim Saban says that he this week exercised a contractual right to force News Corp.'s Fox Broadcasting Co. unit to buy his 49.5 percent stake in Fox Family Worldwide, his so-called put option. The deal does not have a value yet, although Saban has valued it at $6 billion. Fox Family will let the bankers it hired calculate a valuation.

SBC pays hefty fine

December 21, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

San Antonio-based baby bell SBC paid the FCC $6.1 million for sub-standard performance in opening and maintaining its phone lines and service for competition. Companies that compete with SBC in the Midwest have run into the same problems with long waits for phone lines and repairs that have plagued consumers.

3Com beats the street, plans spin-off

December 21, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

3Com did better than expected with its earnings losses and plans a spin-off as well. Excluding one-time costs, 3Com announced a second-quarter loss of $52.4 million, or 15 cents a share, on revenue of $789.5 million. The revenue includes $22.8 million the company earned from businesses it recently exited.


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