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Canal+ lawsuit alleges NDS stole smart-card code

March 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Canal+ filed a lawsuit against NDS Group plc., alleging the News Corp. unit hacked its site and took its digital TV Smart Card code, which it then handed to a Web site used by counterfeiters. NDS called the claim "outrageous and baseless," and says it has not been served with the complaint. It claims it will file a counter-suit after a review.

NCTA study: cable, digital, phone subs up in Q4

March 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cable operators hooked up more than 2.3 million units of digital broadband services between Oct. 1 and Dec.31, 2001, of which 875,000 were high-speed cable modem customers, says a study of its members by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. The NCTA's quarterly study says new cable modem subscriptions, at 875,000, were up from 750,000 for the previous quarter and up by 100,0...

Cox wires N.O. schools; TWC to use Thomson's RCA modems

March 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Business Services inked a three-year, $20 million contract to connect 142 locations of the new Orleans Public School Systems with voice, video and data via a Gigabit Ethernet WAN. The deal lets the district's 10,000 teachers use such applications as live video and software title downloads, Cox says.


IDT cuts 65% of Winstar workforce and dumps wireline biz

March 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Following a three-month perusal, IDT Corp. says its newly acquired Winstar Communications unit will dump its wireline resale business, exit certain fixed-wireless markets and cut 65 percent of Winstar's non-sales workforce. IDT — which purchased Winstar for $42.5 million in cash and stock, through a bankruptcy court in December — will also consolidate certain facilities and overlapp...

Comcast to renew Santa Fe franchise

March 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Tom Sharpe | Comments

Copyright 2002 New Mexican, Inc. The Santa Fe New Mexican…03/09/2002 From LexisNexis Santa Fe's new franchise with Comcast will allow the company to provide access to the Internet as well as to cable television. Richard Carlisle, the city's director of technology, said the telecommunications franchise with the city expired at the end of 2001, but Comcast has continued to operate under the...


Core founder resigns, company cuts jobs in rightsizing

March 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In a surprise move, Core Networks Founder, President and CEO Jeff Campbell resigned March 4. The software company also laid off as many as 23 people. Core makes and markets installation software for cable Internet companies. "Jeff made a personal decision to leave the company," says spokeswoman Natalie Oldfield.

SW Bell seeks to block Charter ads

March 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Tim Bryant | Comments

Copyright 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Inc. St. Louis Post-Dispatch…03/09/2002 From LexisNexis Southwestern Bell Internet Services is asking a federal judge to block Charter Communications Inc. from making what Bell contends are misleading statements about high-speed Internet service. Bell and Charter compete for high-speed Internet customers.

CTAM attendance up; panelists debate thick/thin set-tops

March 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

LOS ANGELES - Despite a slow economy and the travel fallout of 9/11, CTAM's annual Digital Conference enjoyed a small year-to-year rise in attendance here. Bucking the trend tied to smaller and occasionally meager trade show and conference turn-outs, CTAM drew 1,259 attendees, compared to 1,200 in 2001.


Insight sees $94 M loss; revenue, subscriptions up

March 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Insight Communications saw its fourth-quarter customer count rise over its three key services, even as it weighed in with a $94.2 million loss on $704.4 million in revenue for the year. The country's ninth-largest cableco, Insight reported about 1.3 million basic cable customers at the end of its fourth quarter, up from the 919,300 it had a year ago.

TiVo narrows losses; CSC lands $17 M; Williams on OTCBB

March 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• TiVo narrowed its losses for its fourth quarter and fiscal year, and cut its cash burn rate for both periods. Revenue for the fourth quarter, ended Jan. 31, jumped 212 percent to $6.8 million, compared with $2.2 million for the same period a year ago. Losses for the quarter narrowed to $38.5 million, or 85 cents a share, compared with $81.


1% hogging network, Rogers says

March 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Tyler Hamilton | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…03/08/2002 From LexisNexis The chief engineer at Rogers Cable Inc. says 1 percent of the company's high-speed Internet customers are responsible for 30 percent of the traffic on its network, a situation that has prompted a recent crackdown on abusers of the service.

AOL TW chair: eyeing cable assets in France, Britain

March 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Associated Press AP Worldstream…03/08/2002 From LexisNexis U.S. media giant AOL Time Warner Inc. is considering the purchase of cable television networks in Britain, France and other European countries, but not in Germany, the U.S. media giant's chairman said in an interview published Friday.

Global Crossing execs cut pay, jobs in Phase 3 overhaul

March 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Global Crossing CEO John Legere took a 30 percent pay cut as the company trimmed another 1,600 jobs and heads into Phase Three of its corporate revamp. The networking company, which filed for bankruptcy in January and has been the subject of separate federal investigations over its accounting practices, had announced the restructuring last year.

Artificial intelligence in a set-top?

March 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A team of BIAP Systems scientists outside of Washington, D.C., working on intelligent agent technology for the company's government projects, shrunk the resulting software's footprint and adapted the technology for set-top boxes. The result is software that sends intelligent agents — feelers that go out onto the Web and retrieve specific information they've been told to seek — from ...

Comcast to entice consumers with free SVOD trials

March 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

LOS ANGELES — Free subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) represents just one marketing tactic Comcast Corp. is evaluating in order to remove barriers to consumer acceptance regarding new on-demand video services, company officials said Wednesday during the opening session of CTAM's Digital Conference.


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