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Losses widen, revenues drop at OpenTV

November 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Interactive-television software developer OpenTV reported a wider third-quarter loss yesterday, as sales for interactive applications and platforms were nearly cut in half. The numbers weren't pretty: OpenTV announced a net loss of $563.1 million, or $7.81 per share, compared to a loss of $118.5 million, or $1.

The 'G' in GigE stands for 'growth'

November 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Gigabit Ethernet port shipments shot up 12 percent in the third quarter of the year to more than 1.8 million, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit sequential growth, reported research firm Dell'Oro Group. GigE is quickly becoming a transport method of choice for cable operators that are attempting to widen their on-demand libraries and create a more centralized (and more cost-...

Study: VOD prices are too high

November 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Although several cable operators are rolling out video-on-demand services at a break-neck pace, the price charged for that content remains too high — a practice that could carve into their revenues, according to one analysis. Innovista Research, author of a new VOD study, said the optimal price for recently-released movie-on-demand titles is less than $4.


EchoStar reports revenue Increase, sub adds

November 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

As its proposed merger with DirecTV hangs by a thread, satellite pay TV provider EchoStar Communications showed continued growth in both revenue and number of subscribers in its third quarter results. Total revenue at the company for the latest quarter increased 20 percent from the same period a year ago, reaching approximately $1.

Hoops fans to get more NBA action via RealNetworks

November 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Fans of the National Basketball Association will see more NBA content online this year, and much of it will be available through RealNetworks ' RealOne player, it was announced. NBA Commissioner David Stern unveiled online programming packages under the brand NBA Inside Ticket on, a multimedia subscription service featuring NBA games, highlights, analysis and features.

A step in online gaming race

November 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Monty Phan | Comments

Copyright 2002 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)…11/14/2002 Microsoft 's approach to its new Xbox Live online game network sounds like a video game itself: crawl, walk and run. The first phase in the software giant's $2 billion commitment to online gaming begins tomorrow, when the $50 Xbox Live starter kits - containing the tools to allow Xbox owners to connect to other players over th...

Cable pioneer Harry Sadel passes away

November 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Harry Sadel, the founder and chairman of Englewood, N.J.-based Sadelco Inc., maker of cable and broadband system testing gear, died on Monday, Oct. 11. Sadel, a cable pioneer who got his start in the business in Canada during the 1950s, moved to the U.S. and formed Sadelco in 1960. Primarily self-taught, Sadel's innovations included the first digital signal level meter and the use of white nois...

N2 Broadband bows new VOD tech services

November 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

On-demand service developer N2 Broadband has unveiled two new services to help cable operators optimize video-on-demand network performance and minimize down time in multi-vendor on-demand environments. These services complement existing offerings from N2 Broadband's Professional Services Group, which supports the deployment and management of VOD and other on-demand services for the cable indus...


Toshiba the Latest CE TiVo Licensee

November 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Home entertainment and CE gear maker Toshiba America Inc. will license digital video recording (DVR) technology from market leader TiVo, presumably for integration into a series of new devices for the consumer entertainment market. Toshiba will unveil a preview of the TiVo-integrated products at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, and expects to have a full line of D...

Sony, Philips team on InterTrust purchase

November 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Fidelio Acquisition Company LLC, a company backed by Sony Corp. of America and Royal Philips Electronics, has put up about $453 million to snap up InterTrust Technologies Corp., a leading digital rights management company. InterTrust holds 26 U.S. patents and has about 85 patents pending worldwide. Its portfolio covers software and hardware for a range of products that leverage DRM, including d...

Comcast picks Alopa for VoIP provisioning

November 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Alopa Networks became the latest vendor to join the mix in Philadelphia, the site of Comcast Corp. 's forthcoming launch of a primary-line IP telephony service. Comcast said it will use Alopa's MetaServ platform for secure provisioning of residential IP voice services. Alopa said it also will provide security components and mediation to other OSS and back office elements that will manage the Co...

S-A snaps up Arris' 'Actives' biz for $37.5 million

November 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta Inc. aid it will buy Arris ' "Actives" portion of its transmission, optical and outside plant business for $37.5 million. Arris' Actives portion of the business includes laser transmitters, optical nodes and RF amplifiers, and generated $44 million in revenue for 2002, as of Sept. 30.

Charter offers FullAudio digital music service

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

While illegal and copyright infringing digital file sharing services continue to proliferate out on the World Wide Web, broadband providers are on a path to provide structured, legal programs for their customers to enjoy digital media through the use of their broadband connections. Charter Communications is providing exactly that, with today's launch of the FullAudio Digital Music Service to ab...

Motorola is ready to serve with NETsolutions

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

As network operators continue to build out complex broadband networks around the world, Motorola Broadband has created a dedicated consulting division to help operators with network design and deployment issues along the way. The new service-based business unit, dubbed the Motorola NETsolutions Group, was set up to help operators evaluate current network infrastructure, and further recommend an...

Comcast picks Arris CMTS for S.E. Michigan

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications said it has deployed two Cadant C4 cable modem termination systems in southeast Michigan to support the MSO's "next-generation" data deployments there. The C4, built by Arris, is qualified for DOCSIS 1.1, a CableLabs ( specification that serves as the underpinnings of the cable industry's PacketCable infrastructure for voice-over-IP and othe...


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