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

Murdoch beaming in

September 27, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

A $6 billion stock swap this week between old chums John Malone of Liberty Media and News Corp's Rupert Murdoch could give News Corp. its first step toward a targeted takeover of DirecTV. There are many goals involved with the stock swap, but the immediate impact gives Murdoch an opportunity to fire off a bid for DirecTV, according to industry analysts.

TiVo for telly

September 27, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

TiVo, the pioneer of personal video recorders, will be for sale beginning October 1 in the UK. TiVo is expected to change many of the viewing habits of that island country. The smart recorders don't use videotapes, (it uses a hard disk) and one doesn't really need to tell it what to record. It makes educated guesses based on your past viewing habits.

Dauphin bets on new set-top

September 27, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Sigfried and Roy. Penn and Teller. Dauphin and SmartBox. Dauphin Technology is taking its show on the road and will introduce its new SmartBox set-top in Las Vegas at Comdex/Fall 2000 in November. The SmartBox can perform all kinds of tricks, like controlling users' home and office environments, including heating and cooling, lighting, and control of smart appliances.

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Motorola on top of the world

September 26, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Motorola is having a milestone week. It has shipped its 10 millionth interactive digital cable set-top terminal; it shipped its one-millionth DOCSIS compliant cable modem; and Korea Thrunet, one of that country's broadband and Internet services providers, picked Motorola as its preferred provider for cable modems and cable modem termination system equipment.

Philips and FVC.COM delivering faces to the desktop

September 26, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Philips and FVC.COM will be working together to bring two-way video and streaming technologies to business and consumer markets, the companies said. The partnership is designed to leverage FVC.COM's Click to Meet video system and Philips CSI's camera products to provide a complete desktop solution. Click to Meet is a video service for two-way Internet video calls and conferences using a Web-bas...

Comcast makes use of DQCM

September 26, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

With an eye on making its systems "cleaner", Comcast will use Internet Cable Corporation 's DQCM software to support testing and node certification of Comcast's cable network in Northern Virginia. Comcast will use the software with a Hewlett Packard spectrum analyzer and radio frequency modem to form a turnkey auditing system for cable plant nodes.

Good fortune for Concurrent

September 26, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Beijing Fengtai Cable, located in the People's Republic of China, has chosen Concurrent to provide VOD and other interactive services to its 350,000 subscribers. Beijing Fengtai Cable is one of four district networks owned by the Beijing Cable Group, which has approximately four million subscribers throughout the city.

Cox Launches VOD in San Diego

September 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Cox has rolled out its new VOD service in San Diego, dubbed 'Movies-On-Demand,' or 'MOD.' MOD is using VOD hardware and software from Concurrent Computer, routed through Explorer 2000 digital set-top boxes from S-A. The MSO said it plans to deploy MOD in additional markets, including Phoenix, next year.

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Two giants mix it up

September 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Japanese electronics giant Matsushita, known as Panasonic in the U.S., has inked a deal with the nation's largest cable company, AT&T, to provide one million set-top boxes to AT&T Broadband subs over the next three years. Through the cable set-tops, the companies expect to introduce new broadband video, voice and data services, they said in a statement.

A sea of legal battles

September 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

In just one of several intellectual property rights battles being fought, a Delaware jury has found that nCube did infringe on SeaChange's video-server patent. (See below for an update on the Intel/Broadcom squabble.) SeaChange said it would ask the court to issue a permanent injunction against nCUBE's MediaCUBE-4 video server, which is used to provide video-on-demand services.

Verizon: AOL needs us

September 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Verizon president Ivan Seidenberg said Monday that he does not expect AOL to back out of a DSL deal with Verizon after AOL's merger with Time Warner is complete. Seidenberg said he doesn't believe that cable modems alone can handle the subscriber base the combined companies will have. The FTC, which is reviewing the AOL-Time Warner deal, is reportedly concerned that AOL will abandon DSL deals i...

Intel's rollercoaster ride

September 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

The world of Intel is having its share of ups and downs. On the upside, the Federal Trade Commission has concluded its investigation of Intel for anti-competitive practices and has decided no action is warranted against it, Intel said. The company allegedly extracted either high prices or unfair access to trade secrets of three of its customers, including Intergraph, Compaq Computer and Digital...

Cox and ICTV team up

September 24, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Cox has agreed to deploy ICTV's digital platform to a large, as yet unnamed, Cox market. ICTV, a provider of broadband Internet TV services, offers up TV e-mail, interactive TV content and e-commerce, among other interactive services. ICTV's headend-based system relies on rack mounted, Intel-based processing clients and delivers browsing from the headend to any set-top.

Soaring new set-top

September 24, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Eagle Wireless and Advanced Micro have a new set-top that makes streaming video a breeze. The Webflyer 500 Series streams MPEG2 and MPEG4 video through digital cable and broadband DSL systems and Ethernet networks. Subs can order up true VOD and watch movies and other content when they please. Subs can also play DVDs and play 3D games with the set-top.

SOHO a trendy target for Linksys too

September 24, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Being home officed just got easier. Linksys has unveiled its newest device for SOHO and small business use. The EtherFast 8-port cable/DSL router allows users securely connect their PCs to a cable or DSL modem to the Internet and perform networking tasks such as file and printer sharing. The EtherFast also has a natural firewall using Network Address Translation and lets users share or store da...

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