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TVN snags another VOD deal

July 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Just days after inking a video-on-demand content deal with Charter Communications Inc., TVN Entertainment has closed a deal to support Comcast Cable Communications Inc.'s VOD rollout in Philadelphia. The full-scale deployment, which is slated to launch this fall, calls for TVN to support 750 hours of monthly VOD programming in the Philadelphia market.

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New Efficient ADSL CPE to use TI chips

July 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Efficient Networks, makers of DSL bridge and router gear, announced a deal to use silicon technology from chipmaker Texas Instruments in a majority of the company's next-generation ADSL gear. Efficient will be developing ADSL products using TI's AR5 chipsets, which will include a future product family of bridges, routers and residential gateways.

Interactive gaming reduces churn?

July 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cable operator Blue Ridge Communications has teamed with Pioneer Digital Technologies Inc. to launch an interactive gaming service to complement its digital cable program offering. Interactive deployments will help spur growth and reduce digital churn, according to Blue Ridge. As part of the deal, Pioneer's interactive game application, dubbed PassTime Games, will be be offered to Blue Ridge's ...

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Digeo goes two-for-two with S-A deal

July 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Digeo Inc., a division of Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures, has struck a deal with Scientific-Atlanta Inc. to create a home media center that operates Digeo's Moxi platform. Corporate cousin Charter Communications will be the first to deploy the Moxi-powered Explorer MC when it becomes commercially available in 2003.

SBC adds Alcatel deep fiber solution for San Fran project

July 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

One of the questions telco industry watchers have been asking is, how deep will the fiber run in LEC networks? As telcos build out their DSL infrastructure, companies like Alcatel are increasingly pushing deep fiber solutions —like the newer 7340 Fiber-to-the-User (FTTU) solution —to operators as way to offer a ton of bandwidth to throughput-hungry residential users, especially in n...

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Sprint's Global Markets Group exits data biz, cuts staff

July 14, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Sprint Corp. continued its march toward a leaner company on Friday, announcing plans to streamline its Global Markets Group, including shedding jobs, integrating its data hosting business to other areas of the company and dumping DSL. The Global Markets Group, which includes Sprint's long-distance business, will exit the DSL game in cities where it has found a better way to deliver service or w...

Terabeam, Telus shed staff

July 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The telecom industry obviously is not out of the woods yet, and many companies are still being forced to cut jobs to try and bring expenses in line with demand. The latest: Terabeam Corp. and Telus Corp. are shedding portions of their staffs. Free space optics vendor Terabeam Corp. intends to decrease its staff by 20 percent within the next three months.

Alliance zeros in on broadband video

July 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Interoperability is the name of the game. Optical Solutions Inc., Video Tele.com Inc. and Myrio Corp. have put their heads together to develop a fiber-to-the-home Switched Digital Video solution. The system uses Optical Solutions' FiberPath 400 as its base. FiberPath 400, a passive optical network-based system that converges voice, video and data on one direct fiber connection to the home, deli...

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Juniper gains on Q2 results

July 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Networking gear maker Juniper Networks Inc. gave the Street something to smile about today, posting second-quarter results that beat analysts' expectations. The news gave Juniper shares a shot in the arm, which jumped more than 10 percent in early trading. Juniper posted a profit of $6.2 million, or two cents a share, in the second quarter.

Cox secures new bank credit facility

July 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cabler Cox Communications Inc. has secured a new bank credit facility that will enable it to maintain its liquidity position, the company said Friday. The $1.1 billion, 364-day revolving bank credit facility replaces an existing mature facility. This credit facility, along with an existing $900 million facility maturing in 2005, allows the company to maintain its liquidity position.

WorldCom Ex-chief knew about illegal shift, lawyers say

July 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Marcy Gordon | Comments

Copyright 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Inc. St. Louis Post-Dispatch…07/12/2002 From LexisNexis WorldCom 's former chief executive was aware that hundreds of millions of dollars were shifted as part of nearly $4 billion in accounting irregularities, company lawyers have told a House investigative panel.

FCC sets up digital

July 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Pamela McClintock | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…07/12/2002 From LexisNexis WASHINGTON —Federal Communications Commission topper Michael Powell called on the consumer electronics biz Thursday to heed his instruction and begin equipping TV sets with digital tuners. Earlier this year, Powell asked all sectors of the television industry to shoulder part of the burden and get the trouble...

StarBand moves forward, launches in Puerto Rico

July 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Despite seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, StarBand Communications Inc. has launched its two-way broadband satellite service in Puerto Rico. At the time of its bankruptcy filing, StarBand said it intended to continue its day-to-day operations while in bankruptcy proceedings. Founding partner Gilat Satellite Networks has committed to $2.

Samsung unveils new HDTV box

July 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Samsung is hoping the mass-market will embrace HDTV, and is rolling out a new all-in-one HDTV set-top box receiver to entice television watchers. The electronics company is touting the SIR-TS160 as an all-in-one box because it offers reception of over-the-air digital broadcasts, analog broadcast and digital satellite programming from DirecTV.

First Euro-DOCSIS 1.1 modem certified

July 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Euro-DOCSIS Certification Board has granted its first Euro-DOCSIS 1.1 certification to Toshiba's PCX2500 cable modem. The board also granted Euro-DOCSIS 1.1 qualification status to the Arris Cadant C4 CMTS. Both companies resubmitted their products for testing in the certification wave 8 after minor problems were found during wave 7.

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