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

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 ...

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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.

TI and Intersil team for voice over broadband

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

Copyright 2002 M2 Communications Ltd. TELECOMWORLDWIRE…05/30/2002 From LexisNexis Analog and digital technology company Texas Instruments Inc. has entered into an agreement with Intersil Corp., a wireless networking company. Under the terms of the agreement, both companies will work together to combine the programmable voice codec from TI with a subscriber-line interface circuit from Inte...

Charter launches HDTV in five markets

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

Charter Communications Inc. has come through with a promise made in March to deliver high-definition TV services. The MSO has launched its service in five U.S. markets. Charter customers with HDTV sets in Alhambra/Pasadena and Glendale/Burbank, Calif.; University Park/Highland Park, Texas; Miami Beach, Fla; and Birmingham, Ala.

Access-metro interop announced

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Merging of access and metro technologies is the focus of a new interoperability announcement between optical transport provider PacketLight Networks and access switch maker Jedai Broadband Networks. The two announced the completion of successful interop testing of Jedai's FrontRunner 3200 access switch router and PacketLight's PL-16000 integrated optical transport system.

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On your mark, get set, sports VOD

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

What better way to get clued in on the latest snowboarding or skating technique, than to watch it on television? Sports clothing producer Quicksilver and VOD content aggregator TVN Entertainment are joining forces to bring video-on-demand and subscription VOD to action sports enthusiasts. The channel, dubbed UNION? The Boardriding Channel, will sport films from Volcom, Globe, 900 Films, O...

Broadcom completes Mobilink buy

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

Chipmaker Broadcom Corp. has wrapped up another acquisition. The latest: its purchase of Mobilink Telecom Inc. is complete, giving Broadcom an inroad to the wireless semiconductor market. Broadcom issued or reserved 5.61 million shares in exchange for all of Mobilink's shares and stock options. The acquisition, which was first announced in April, will be accounted for a purchase, and Broadcom s...

Jolted by patent news, SeaChange delays earnings

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

SeaChange International, admittedly "surprised and disappointed" by a potentially damaging jury verdict involving a video-on-demand patent, said Wednesday that it will postpone the release of its first quarter financial results until the beginning of next week. That decision stems from a verdict by a Delaware District Court jury yesterday that upheld rival nCUBE Corp's patent for VOD delivery, ...

Cisco expands VPN portfolio

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

Network gear maker Cisco Systems Inc. has beefed up its virtual private networking portfolio to enable IP voice and video over an IPSec VPN. Cisco says the enhancements are part of its VPN initiative and include IP voice/video centric Quality of Service designed for interoperability with IPSec, IPSec multicast support and IP voice/video stream encryption.

Diva completes death spiral while Gemstar picks over the scraps

May 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Collapsing under the weight of a $500 million deficit and enough cash on hand to last a few more weeks, video-on-demand vendor Diva Systems Corp. completed its death spiral Wednesday, filing Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. Interactive program guide giant Gemstar-TV Guide International, holding true to rumors that have swirled for weeks, then swoo...

Global Crossing: We can work it out

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Leon Lazaroff | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…05/29/2002 From LexisNexis Unhappy with a buy-out offer from two Asian companies, creditors of Global Crossing Ltd. plan to join the bankrupt telecommunications carrier in proposing a restructuring plan that would give them far greater control of the broadband provider's worldwide operations.

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Nortel cuts deeper

May 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

As customer spending for telecom gear continues to wane, Nortel Networks is weighing its options. The latest: the company plans to cut 3,500 more jobs. The reductions will affect employees working in Nortel's optical long haul business sector. The company says it will streamline the business, but will not rule out a sale of its optical components division.

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