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Liberty Media Corp. forms new iTV division

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Putting interactive television squarely in its sites, Liberty Media Corp. has formed a new iTV division and has taken control of two leading companies in that sector. Leading the new unit as president and CEO is former Gemstar-TV Guide International executive Peter Boylan. Based in Tulsa, Okla., Liberty Broadband is 90 percent-owned by Liberty Media.

New trade group aims to boost idle iTV sector

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Interactive Television Alliance made its grand entrance at last month's National Cable show in New Orleans, but now the race is on to cull support from iTV vendors and network operators. Claiming to be independent, the iTV Alliance's goal is to promote interactive television deployment through consumer awareness campaigns and cross-industry research.

Charter pulls VOD trump card in case Diva falters

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

If troubled video-on-demand vendor Diva Systems can't pull itself from the financial brink or find a willing suitor, Charter Communications appears to be well-prepared to live life without what used to be its exclusive VOD vendor. In May, Charter added Concurrent Computer Corp. as its second source for VOD servers and software, noting that it will use the vendor's MediaHawk system in "several ...

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Jedai gets 'bizy'

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Getting enterprise customers on-net with optical Ethernet access solutions is a goal network operators may be closer to meeting with the release of a new access switch router from start-up Jedai Broadband Networks. Following extensive lab and field-testing with undisclosed MSOs, Jedai released its FrontRunner 3200 intelligent edge access switch router, which also houses integrated TDM telephony...

Top-10 MSOs pledge support to Powell's plan

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association said the industry's 10 largest MSOs have pledged their "strong and enthusiastic" support for a voluntary digital television plan drawn up earlier this year by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell. In a letter to Powell, NCTA President and CEO Robert Sachs wrote that the operators have "committed their resources to spu...

SusCom launches S-A's Classic Games platform

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Can interactive services be the life preserver digital needs? Susquehanna Communications (SusCom) thinks so, following a launch of Scientific-Atlanta's Classic Games platform in York and Williamsport, Pa. and Brunswick, Maine. There, SusCom's monthly churn rates are down an average of two percentage points.

MSOs back Syndeo's big 'C' round

May 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Softswitch vendor Syndeo Corp. said it raised $75 million in C-round funding, led by the venture arms of several large MSOs, including Comcast Corp., AOL Time Warner, Cox Communications, Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications. Other equity investors include Scientific-Atlanta and YAS Broadband Ventures.

Taylor Nelson Sofres has conducted a survey into 3G interest

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Copyright 2002 M2 Communications Ltd. TELECOMWORLDWIRE…05/30/2002 From LexisNexis A new survey from market information company Taylor Nelson Sofres has revealed that mobile phone consumers are expressing interest in 3G applications. Specifically, in the U.S. 25 percent of mobile owners expressed interest in 3G.

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Pace ships home gateways to IPTV partners

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In advance of shipping its new IP500 digital set-top box to its customers, Pace Micro Technology plc is testing the waters with members of its IPTV Partner Program. The home gateway is designed for broadband IP network operators, and supports new streaming protocols to address the limited bandwidth issues RBOCs face in delivering multichannel video services, Pace says.

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United Online jumps in the broadband pool

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Free from its exclusive ISP provider agreement with now bankrupt Excite@Home, Comcast Cable Communications has opened up its systems to other ISPs. United Online Inc. has launched a high-speed Internet access service in Indianapolis and Nashville over Comcast systems. The launch marks the first broadband foray for United Online, which owns the NetZero and Juno ISP services that claim a combined 5.

Telcos look to new VDSL for video bundle

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

With cable operators first to market with a bundle of voice-video-data services, and increasingly chipping away at telecommunications providers' core voice revenue, telcos are faced with a competitive choice … find new sources of service revenue or face an uncertain future. Where telcos are looking to go is video, adding digital video services over their copper infrastructure.

Altrio turns to Starz for SVOD launch in sunny California

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Altrio Communications Inc. is jumping head first into the subscription-VOD market with the help of Starz Encore Group. Beginning this summer, Altrio will bundle the Starz On Demand SVOD service with the Starz Super Pak in the Southern California towns of Arcadia, Movrovia and Pasadena. The bundle will be offered at no additional charge to Altrio customers subscribing to a digital video premium ...

Diva's cable affiliates not hitting panic button

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Diva Systems Corp.'s cable affiliates said this week that the demise of the video-on-demand vendor won't cause the companies to hit the panic button in their existing VOD markets. Diva, already buried under a $500 million deficit, filed Chapter 11 on Wednesday. Leading interactive program guide provider Gemstar-TV Guide International then agreed to acquire Diva's software and technology assets ...

Delisting news pummels Adelphia's stock

May 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Adelphia Communications Corp. saga continues to unfold. The latest: The MSO has defaulted on loan terms and its stock is set to be delisted on Monday from the Nasdaq. The Nasdaq Stock Market has put Adelphia on notice that it plans to delist the MSO's stock on at the opening of the market on Monday, June 3.

Study: It's up, up, up for broadband fees

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Whether a high-speed Internet connection is provided via cable or DSL, consumers are likely paying more for their service now than they were at the end of last year, according to one analysis. Consumer broadband rates climbed to their highest levels on record at the end of the first quarter, according to new research from ARS Inc.

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