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OpenTV is having a good year

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

The market has welcomed OpenTV with open arms. The interactive television software company said its iTV middleware is now deployed in more than 11 million set-tops worldwide, with 1.7 million of those added in 3Q 2000. A large portion of those boxes were deployed through EchoStar. Cable operators have deployed more than 700,000 OpenTV enabled set-tops.

PhatPipe and BreezeCOM fatten up

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

PhatPipe, a broadband tech company focusing on industrial real estate customers, has deep pockets. The company has promised BreezeCOM it will buy $5 million in BreezeCOM wireless infrastructure equipment, products and services. The two companies will focus on tailoring tech solutions that were previously too pricey or unavailable for PhatPipe's industrial tenants.

HSA and ISP Channel find a way to get along

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

It's always nice to see a "customers first" philosophy. Competitors High Speed Access and ISP Channel have reached a deal to transition some of ISP's customers to HSA. ISP Channel, owned by SoftNet, is restructuring many of its existing broadband service contracts and ceasing operations with some MSOs, after deciding to concentrate its resources on Aerzone and Intellicom, SoftNet's broadband wi...

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Cisco modem making room for the future

November 12, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Cisco has released the uRB10012, the latest in its line of Universal Broadband Router cable modem termination systems. The uBR100012 increases intelligence at the edge of the network, enabling more new services over the network. It is currently the only platform providing unlimited scalability. "The uBR100012 is good for the customer - Cisco is providing even more headroom for them, product man...

ZyXEL tunes in MicroTuner

November 12, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

ZyXEL, a supplier of Internet, Intranet and Extranet access solutions, has picked the MicroTuner MT2030 single-chip tuner for ZyXEL's new cable modems. The Prestige 941 Plus modems are two-way DOCSIS-based cable modem bridge/routers. The modems are aimed at SOHOs, telecommuters and home users. Because of the "always on" feature, customers can access the Internet instantly, eliminating the need ...

Com21's neighborhood

November 12, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Com21 has launched its "My Neighborhood Broadband," an Internet-based e-commerce tool. Partnering with CableLabs as a Go2Broadband affiliate, Com21's Internet site will assist potential subscribers in determining whether cable modem service is available in their areas. Customers visiting the My Neighborhood Broadband site will be able to check on the availability of service in any U.

Deutsche Telekom's cart is empty

November 9, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Deutsche Telekom has decided against buying Qwest because it has all it can handle with its takeover of VoiceStream Wireless. The largest telecom company in Europe, German-owned Deutsche Telekom is financially tapped from the VoiceStream acquisition and not expected to make another offer on any company any time soon.

It's all about entertainment

November 9, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Wavexpress and Eagle Wireless will demonstrate their take on iTV at Comdex 2000, Nov. 13 – 17 in Las Vegas. Eagle's Webflyer 500 digital set-top will be on display and running Wavexpress' technology showcasing the benefits for data broadcasting in a digital network. This hardware/software cocktail offers video, music and games in a secure environment.

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HDTV on your PC

November 9, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

WinTV-HD is the new high-definition digital TV for PC product from Hauppauge Digital. The receiver board is the first one allowing the reception, decoding and display of all 18 ATSC digital TV formats in a resizable screen. Users don't need an internal cable connection to the computer's graphics card.

Get the popcorn and grab the mouse

November 9, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Video-on-Demand is the name of the product as well as the technology. Bryan Media Group has finished development of its new technology that lets consumers watch full-length films on their computers. If you're interested in sitting at your desk for a couple of hours, instead of sinking into the couch, the service will be available online in 1Q 2001.

Lucent looking to make it easier

November 8, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Lucent is lending its support to the new industry standard for connecting dial-up modems to the Internet across its remote access platforms for service providers. The new standard is called V.92, determined by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as a foundation for a new generation of modems for PCs and other access devices and the remote access equipment in service provider networ...

S-A adds OS

November 8, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta said it will dovetail together its line of Explorer 6000 digital set-tops with Microsoft's Microsoft TV operating system. Microsoft TV OS will coexist on the Explorer 6000. S-A's other digital set-top boxes will continue to run PowerTV.

iTV demand creates new alliance

November 8, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The demand for iTV is getting stronger, and SGI and thirdspace have gotten together to meet the needs of the couch potato populace. thirdspace, a London-based end-to-end iTV services provider, will contribute technology to telephone companies that includes digital interactive television, VOD and Web access.

Cablevision no Indian giver

November 8, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Any takers? Cablevision is not interested in buying back the 30 percent stake in itself that was sold to TCI and then inherited by AT&T when AT&T bought TCI two years ago. Rumors surfaced this week that AT&T is trying to shave some of its $62 billion in debt and may be looking to sell its interests in Cablevision, as well as Time Warner Entertainment (25 percent) and its partnership...

Terayon's BandLeader

November 8, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Terayon has launched aptly named BandLeader, a new end-to-end VOIP platform for cable operators to transport carrier-class voice services over large-scale hybrid fiber-coax networks. The technology makes use of an access gateway and embedded media terminal to let operators use current broadband infrastructure to simultaneously deliver telephony, data, video programming and other broadband servi...

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