Things are starting to get ugly in the iTV world. Opening a potentially huge can of worms tied to the future of set-top box middleware, OpenTV Corp. filed a patent infringement lawsuit against competitor Liberate Technologies. OpenTV's suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern California, alleges that Liberate infringes on patents related to "carouseling," a method used to dist...
In a huge win for the cable industry, the Pole Attachments Act does cover attachments that provide high-speed Internet access at the same time as cable TV, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-2 decision. The decision on National Cable & Telecommunications Association Inc. v. Gulf Power Co.
About a month after CableLabs shared results from certification wave 20, the industry's R&D house gave a belated passing grade to Cisco Systems' uBR7246 cable modem termination system for DOCSIS 1.1 qualification. The nod puts Cisco in elite company. Arris Group is the only other vendor thus far to obtain the DOCSIS 1.
Offering its cable modem customers more than just raw data speeds, overbuilder Knology Inc. has rolled-out Incanta Inc.'s broadband music services to customers in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida. The launch marks the first commercial deployment for Incanta, a broadband content start-up based in Atlanta.
Despite some momentum kicking in for Internet-based video-on-demand, the application won't gain substantial roll-outs in the U.S. until 2005, predicted a GartnerG2 study. Even at that point in time, only two percent of movie distribution revenue will come from the Internet, the research firm predicts.
Entering an extremely competitive field, Com21 Inc. said it is developing a DOCSIS cable modem termination system to complement the company's line of DOCSIS cable modems. Com21's new CMTS, the DOXcontroller XB, will also complement the company's line of proprietary ATM equipment, which has found success outside U.
OSS firm Sigma Systems has set its sights on Europe, opening a division there to aid cable operators with service management systems tied to video, voice and data services. Sigma's base of North American customers includes AT&T Broadband, Cogeco, Cox Communications, Comcast, Rogers Cable and Shaw Communications.
Offering a cure for "header overhead," Effnet Inc. has created a new IP header compression software aimed at making services like voice-over-IP run more efficiently over a service operator's network. Effnet's CRTP (compressed real-time transport protocol) software, scheduled to begin shipping this quarter, purports to reduce bandwidth requirements for VoIP by as much as 60 percent in IP v...
Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Washington Times The Washington Times…02/28/2002 From LexisNexis The House passed legislation yesterday letting the regional Bell operating companies sell Internet service. Passage of the measure was a significant victory for the four Baby Bells because it furthers their aggressive, three-year pursuit of telecommunicati...
For a bill that appears destined for DOA in the U.S. Senate, the Tauzin-Dingell legislation's approval in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday drew kudos, critiques and candor from the industry: "Broadband competition between cable modem service and DSL is already fierce, and we expect such competition to continue.
OpenTV joined Japan Cable Laboratories and says it's been adapting its technology to meet Japanese standards since March 2000. Recently, Matsushita (Panasonic) said it would use OpenTV's HTML technology, Device Mosaic, to develop an integrated browser using HTML and BML technology for interactive applications.
Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia Inquirer…02/28/2002 From LexisNexis Some angry Comcast Corp. cable-modem subscribers say the company's new e-mail service is still not working well, even as the service it replaced, bankrupt Excite@Home, is approaching its final hours.
Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Day The Day…02/28/2002 From LexisNexis Eastern Connecticut Cable Television is in the final stages of testing its new high-speed Internet service, and while it will miss its deadline for getting its customers back on-line in February, it will offer two months of free service once it is running.
Copyright 2002 Seattle Post-Intelligencer THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER…02/27/2002 From LexisNexis Bellevue and Seattle officials who were hopeful they'd found a company to bring competition to the dominant cable provider, AT&T Broadband, were disappointed yesterday at news that indicates it's not likely to happen.
EchoStar Communications Corp.'s plan to expand its channels nationwide if its merger with Hughes Electronics goes through got mixed reviews. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission Monday, the two sought approval to launch and operate "a new spot-beam satellite that, when combined with four existing and under-construction EchoStar and DirecTV spot-beam satellites and spectrum eff...