DirecTV Broadband inked a deal with WorldCom to expand its DSL service into the West and Midwest via a rebranding agreement with WorldCom. DirecTV parent Hughes Electronics also updated its first-quarter guidance on the DirecTV service. The deal is basically a reseller agreement that gives DirecTV Broadband access to WorldCom's systems.
Charter Communications is delaying plans to deploy Microsoft TV software for advanced DCT-5000 set-top boxes as the MSO shifts its iTV efforts toward a new class of "companion" boxes designed to co-exist with legacy, "thin-client" DCT-2000s. Charter spokesman Andy Morgan said the MSO will not deploy Microsoft-powered iTV services on the DCT-5000 early this year as originally planned, and has no...
Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Washington Times The Washington Times…03/21/2002 From LexisNexis Key lawmakers said a bill to deregulate the telecommunications industry will not pass the Senate, crushing the momentum that its sponsors built over three years while they shepherded the measure through the House.
Eagle Broadband's ClearWorks unit finished a master headend facility near Austin, Texas, and will launch its bundled digital services within a week. The headend "provides Eagle Broadband a distribution and control point to serve a large portion of the … base that surrounds Austin, as well as the Central Texas area in general, says President and COO Manny Carter, in a statement.
Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Detroit Free Press Detroit Free Press…03/21/2002 From LexisNexis Comcast Corp., the biggest cable company in Michigan, plans to open a $15 million call center in Scio Township outside Ann Arbor that will create 400 jobs by the end of January 2003.
Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…03/21/2002 From LexisNexis Enron backlash on Capitol Hill ensnares the telecommunications industry today with the first congressional hearing into Global Crossing's accounting. Global Crossing executives, with officials from Qwest Com- munications, Cable & Wireless and WorldCom, are expected to be grilled about Global's network swaps.
The AOL Time Warner Foundation donated $250,000 to The After School Corp. to help K-12 students in Manhattan who were most affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The funding, for programs in public schools south of Manhattan's Canal Street, ultimately will help build after-school programs for more than 2,500 students, the company says.
Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Sector will bundle Zone Labs Inc.'s ZoneAlarm Pro and ZoneAlarm Internet firewall products in it SURFboard cable modems. Under the deal, Motorola will bundle Zone Labs' CD-ROM with the SURFboard SB4200 retail cable modem, and may offer it to its broadband cable operator customers via bundling and its Web site, it says.
Net2Phone and its ADIR Technologies unit filed a lawsuit against Cisco Systems, alleging Cisco reneged on an agreement and misrepresented the basis of a business relationship. "This appears to be an effort to justify a business failure by filing a lawsuit," says Cisco spokesman Steve Langdon. ADIR has also announced it would pursue further cost-cutting measures.
A U.S. International Trade Commission judge delayed until June a decision in a patent-infringement lawsuit Gemstar-TV Guide filed against nearly 10 companies. Citing the case's complexity, Judge Paul J. Luckern's order extends until June 21 at the latest an initial decision on whether or not Gemstar's Interactive Program Guides patents were violated.
Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…03/20/2002 From LexisNexis Downplaying the strained relationship between cablers and broadcasters as something akin to "love and marriage," National Cable & Telecom Association topper Robert Sachs on Tuesday made partial peace with National Assn.
Copyright 2002 National Post, All Rights Reserved National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post)…03/20/2002 From LexisNexis Videotron ltee has been summoned to a hearing before the federal cable regulator next month to justify charging competitors $5 per subscriber per month to use cable lines it pipes into Quebec apartments.
Charter Communications Inc. is shifting its interactive gears, and that means yet another delay for Microsoft Corp.'s interactive TV platform. In November, Charter announced it had selected the Microsoft TV software to deploy the next generation of interactive TV services to 1 million of its customers over the next seven years.
Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Press-Telegram Press-Telegram…03/20/2002 From LexisNexis Charter Communications of Long Beach launched a new channel lineup this week that added four new stations but subtracted 13 others from its basic cable package. The shuffle coincided with signal changes that were expected to provide improved reception to the company's...
Video-on-demand server specialist Concurrent Computer Corp. said it has entered into a strategic alliance with Thirdspace Living Limited, a supplier of video server system software for DSL-based VOD services. In addition to lending its video server expertise to the budding VOD firm, Concurrent has become a shareholder in London-based Thirdspace, joining Alcatel and Oracle Corp.