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Western Show sees changes, turnout down 40% on day 1

November 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Talk about seeing change — the Western Show hosts did some quick shuffling in session content and speakers during the past month or so to reflect the effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and economic downturn, says California Cable & Telecommunications spokesman Paul Fadelli. This year's event also will lead to a redefined show overall, he notes, particularly if lowered attendanc...

Deals and other doings …(3)

November 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

OpenTV will offer Macromedia Inc.'s Flash Player with its HTML engine, Device Mosaic 5.0, and will integrate the Flash Player with OpenTV's middleware. OpenTV says its middleware is deployed in more than 20 million set-top boxes worldwide, and Device Mosaic is in more than 7 million set-tops worldwide.

Cox network close, or not close enough?

November 27, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Communications won't say when work will start on its roughly $150 million network transfer from ExciteAtHome, but two vendors just announced they will supply the effort. And a bankruptcy court judge will decide this Friday whether AtHome can cut service to residential customers, including Cox's, raising questions about what's next.

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News not from the Western Show

November 27, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers earned its re-accreditation from the American National Standards Institute, it says. The national standards body's renewal means SCTE's operating procedures were deemed fair, open and balanced by ANSI's executive standards council. SCTE was first accredited by the organization in 1995 and applied for the re-accreditation at the end of last year.

More from the Western front

November 27, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Mexican MSO Cablemas will deploy MiracleTV's application on Liberate Technologies' TV Platform Compact software. The deal is part of Cablemas' two-way iTV service project. … Liberate also released its set of prepackaged interactive games, designed to give its operator customers a "head start with interactive content," Liberate says.

Cable Center eats up Western Show dinner turnout

November 27, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cable Center President and CEO Jim O'Brian says he's "very, very pleased" with the roughly 500 attendees at last night's Hall of Fame dinner at the Western Show in Anaheim. "We had a full house," he says. The event honored this year's inductees into the Center's hall of fame. Each received a sculpture of the letter "C" on a stand, he says.

Deals and other cable doings

November 26, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

SOHOware Inc. and Time Warner Cable Road Runner are offering Wilmington, N.C. residential customers a way to hook up and use integrated high-speed home networking services. The two also will jointly market the service, with targeted advertising and such marketing materials as a new subscriber welcome kit.

OpenTV/Jupiter team on two-way digital iTV in Japan

November 26, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

OpenTV inked a deal with Jupiter Telecommunications Co. Ltd. to jointly develop a two-way digital iTV service. Terms of the deal are undisclosed. Jupiter, or J-COM, is Japan's largest MSO, with 21 cable systems in the country, where it serves more than 1 million cable TV homes. It's jointly owned by Liberty Media and Microsoft, and Microsoft is on its board.

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Western Show roundup

November 26, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

California Cable & Television Association spokesman Paul Fadelli says The Western Show ended up with 321 total exhibitors, with 63 at show-within-a-show CableNET. Twenty of those were specific to interactive sectors, he says. As of a week ago, CCTA expected a 38 percent lower turnout in attendees from last year, he adds.

CCTA changes name, will unveil new logo at Western Show

November 25, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The California Cable Television Association says it will follow similar actions by industry associations and change its name to the California Cable & Telecommunications Association. The change reflects the industry's direction in California and demonstrates it "provides much more than just video entertainment services," says CCTA President Spencer Kaitz in a statement.

Liberate signs Massive iTV deal

November 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Liberate and interactive content developer Massive signed a strategic development and services agreement that gives Massive Television access to Liberate's TV Platform software and authoring tools. For its part, Liberate says it will broaden its offerings to network operators via Massive's ability to create and integrate applications for TV.

SCTE unveils upcoming board candidates

November 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced its 2002 Board candidates today, and set a voting deadline for March 28. Candidates include representatives from most of the large cable operating companies and vendors in the United States and Canada. Region 3 candidates are Microsoft's John Canning and AT&T Broadband's Keith Grunberg.

Winstar founders aim to get company back

November 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Winstar Communications Inc.'s founder, Chair and CEO William J. Rouhana Jr. will bid on the beleaguered company's assets in December. Rouhana was one of two Winstar execs who resigned to bid against several other investors. Winstar expects to file a motion with the Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware today, says spokeswoman Laura Kline.

Motorola to snare Synchronous for $260M

November 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Expanding its portfolio of fiber optic transmission gear, Motorola Broadband Communications Sector said it will acquire San Jose, Calif.-based Synchronous Inc. in a stock deal valued at $260 million. Motorola said the deal is part of the company's strategy to help operators boost the capacity of their existing networks to support a variety of "data-intensive" voice, video and data services.

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Spyglass Integration lab has independence in mind

November 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Hoping to kick-start the interactive television sector, Spyglass Integration officially opened the door for business on a new 31,000 square foot laboratory based in Lexington, Mass. Coupled with financial backing from Motorola Inc. and OpenTV Corp., Spyglass Integration's call to arms is to hasten the deployment of cable- and satellite-based iTV services via "back office" tests and procedures d...

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