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

iSurfTV 'maps' out IPG plans

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hoping to avoid the long reach of Gemstar-TV Guide's lawyers, iSurfTV said it has received a patent that covers and protects the company's "cornerstone" interactive program guide technology. That patent, No. 6,342,884, covers iSurfTV's use of texture mapping to display text or images on an IPG.

TollgradeCEO:Nosnowjob—'toughsledding'in2002

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Patricia Sabatini | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Post - te…03/01/2002 From LexisNexis Tollgrade Communications Inc., which saw its profits slashed in half and 25 percent of its staff get pink slips last year, expects the hard times to continue in 2002.

Cox exec preps for tomorrow's mayoral runoff

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Far south of the now-quiet Tauzin-Dingell fray, another contest is underway as former Cox executive Ray Nagin squares off with the local police chief in tomorrow's New Orleans mayoral runoff election. Nagin could not pause for questions — "I am running pretty hard and you have a lot of questions," he told CEDaily.

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New Motorola companion box to fuel Charter's iTV efforts

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A new companion box from Motorola Broadband Communications Sector may not make people forget about Steve Perlman's latest venture, Moxi Digital Inc., but it might push Motorola's advanced DCT-5000 box a bit further back on MSO burners.Charter Communications Inc. said it will deploy a new "class" of set-top built by Motorola Broadband Communications Sector to offer advanced iTV services an...

Motorola waxes wireless with Magis

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

With MSOs taking a harder look at including home networking services as part of their consumer services bundle, set-top makers are angling to include more home networking functionality into the boxes they offer up to operators.Motorola Broadband, through a recent technical services agreement with IEEE 802.

WinDBreak powers on the fly

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Breaking new ground in network powering and energy storage, closely held operator WinDBreak Cable Co. said it installed Beacon Power Corp.'s 6kWh demonstration flywheel unit. Beacon's 36-volt flywheel will provide back-up power to the operator's headend, which supplies video and data services in Lyman, Neb.

OpenTV hits Liberate with lawsuit over iTV patents

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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...

Sigma slates Euro expansion

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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.

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Fine Point revs up cable CyberTRUCK

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fine Point Technologies has unveiled a version of its CyberTRUCK provisioning system designed for cable operators. Fine Point's system handles cable modem service pre-qualification, validates user connections and provides sign-up software for myriad ISPs. Like other provisioning systems, CyberTRUCK is designed to eliminate costly truck rolls and to cut down technical support costs.

Com21 sets DOCSIS CMTS plans

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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.

Internet VOD on the launch pad...for now

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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.

Cisco gets late 1.1-qualification nod

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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.

Effnet touts IP header compression software

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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...

Knology boosts broadband content with Incanta

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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.

Court ruling shields cable from pole attachment bullet

February 28, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

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.

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