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

PPV time-shift

November 20, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Concurrent Computer 's personal video technology (PVC) has delivered the first pay-per-view events as VOD. Time Warner's Hawaii-based Oceanic Cable subs tuned in two championship boxing fights whenever they wanted, not when the network dictated they would be shown. A real plus for the time zone the islands are in.

WOW in Texas

November 19, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

WideOpenWest is riding out into open territory and rounding 'em up. Just a few weeks after winning the right to overbuild monopolies in Greeley and Colorado Springs, Colo., the up and coming cable company headed down to Texas and has signed on to offer broadband services to Lewisville. The agreement gives WOW 400,000 households within seven area franchises.

C-Cube chips new and tasty

November 19, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

C-Cube has introduced a new family of integrated cable front-end chips - according to the company, the first ever - designed to support all major world cable standards. The two chips, part of the MultiLynx line, let set-top box and cable modem manufacturers design a single product that can be deployed on any two-way broadband cable network anywhere in the world.

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Happy Friday. Digital cable raking in the subs

November 16, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The numbers are in and tell the whole story. Digital cable service is the entertainment option of choice for more than seven million entertainment-hungry Americans. The discriminating subscriber likes the major channel selection, iTV capabilities and other advanced services in development that digital cable offers.

Bluetooth users can choose

November 16, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Customers of Texas Instruments' Bluetooth-enabled cable solutions now have a choice in operation systems. TI has added Jungo Software Technologies' Linux residential gateway software to TI's broadband cable modems. The Linux-based gateway offers many services including home networking, VOIP, network management, virtual private network and security.

Cablevision wants more time

November 16, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The FCC is considering moving up a deadline prohibiting cable operators from deploying advanced set-tops to subscribers. The deadline is currently set for Jan. 1, 2005, but Circuit City and other retailers want it moved up to 2003. The retailers are complaining that the extended deadline is hampering competition in the set-top box market.

Alaskan entertainment warming up

November 16, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

A blizzard of entertainment will fall on 1,000 hotel rooms in Anchorage, Alaska. SeaChange 's GuestServe Network System will bring VOD, interactive gaming, e-mail and other Internet services hotel guests can warm to. General Communications chose SeaChange's system to move hotel room entertainment beyond the basic pay-per-view movie.

Music meld

November 15, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Entertainment meld. That's the goal of a new alliance between Excite@Home and MTVi, the dot com arm of MTV. The two companies plan to blend entertainment content and high-speed Web use access in a new site offering music video clips, news and downloads. The music-oriented content is tailored for those with broadband connections, but the less fortunate users of dial-up can still access the fun s...

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Ouch. Qwest slapped with $350 million fine

November 15, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the fines for cutting your competitors phone line. A Texas jury has ordered Denver-based Qwest to pay AT&T $350 million in punitive damages for cutting a phone line three times in 1997. Qwest immediately bucked the fine for the slice and dice job, saying it violated a Texas statute that caps punitive damage amounts.

DVRs now playing near you

November 15, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

What you want to watch, when you want it. ReplayTV and AT&T Broadband are offering DVRs (digital video recorders, also known as PDRs, personal digital recorders) to trial groups of subs in Denver and Boston later this month. As spokespersons were unavailable for comment, CED is not sure who gets to try out the new DVRs.

The Doctor back to practicing on his own

November 15, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

AT&T confirmed rumors that it will spin off Liberty Media Group as a separate company by 2Q 2001. AT&T acquired Liberty when it purchased TCI from then chairman and CEO, John Malone, aka "The Doctor." Malone has since sat at the head of Liberty, its tracking stock struggling under the downward tug of AT&T.

BroadJump bridging the gap

November 14, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Heeding the broadband services demand, BroadJump has introduced a solution that bridges the gap between broadband service providers' networks and subscriber homes. Banking on analyst forecasts that 16.5 million U.S. households will have broadband access by the end of 2004, BroadJump created the Service Fulfillment solution.

Liberate and nCUBE combine products

November 14, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

New iTV technologies top the list of to dos for Liberate and nCUBE. The two companies have hooked up to integrate nCUBE's VOD technology with the Liberate TV Platform software for lower-powered digital set-top boxes. The collaboration aims to help network operators increase their speed-to-market time of iTV services.

Lucent offers VitalAccess

November 14, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Lucent 's new product, VitalAccess, is many things to many providers. VitalAccess is a multi-vendor software product broadband service providers can utilize to deliver Internet access, multimedia and VOIP to their customers. VitalAccess is a subscriber activation and management system that helps cable and broadband wireless operators, and DSL and fiber-to-the-home providers cut provisioning cos...

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Corning and Cisco create alliance

November 13, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Corning and Cisco have joined forces to deliver IP optical solutions to their service provider customers. In this non-exclusive alliance, the two companies will form teams to develop pre-engineered optical solutions consistent with customer requirements. A little like optical fast food. Products included are Cisco's core products, Corning's optical fiber products, including LEAF and MetroCor, a...

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