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

EarthLink launches on TWC systems in N.C. and Fla.

October 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EarthLink Inc. and Time Warner Cable continued their joint trek into the multiple-ISP terrain, with the launch of EarthLink's Internet over TWC's Tampa Bay and Raleigh, N.C., service areas. Under the deal, TWC's 1.4 million-home service area in seven counties in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area get the option of a second ISP over TWC's cable system, and EarthLink says the system is available t...

FCC alerts viewers to blocking tools; decides on franchise fees

October 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission released a fact sheet outlining three tools consumers can use to control their cable TV content. Using one or more of the tools will filter programming, FCC says. FCC refers to the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which targets signal bleed, or viewers' ability to receive pieces of programs they aren't signed up to get.

Edward Breen promoted to Motorola Inc. president/COO

October 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Networks Sector's Executive VP and President Edward D. Breen will succeed Robert L. Growney as president and COO of Motorola Inc. Growney will retire next year. Breen has a long history in the cable industry, primarily with Motorola and General Instrument, where he started in 1978 and advanced until its January 2000 merger with Motorola, when he was chair, president and CEO of GI.

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Nortel cuts jobs, updates outlook, shuffles execs

October 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Nortel Networks Corp. will cut about 20,000 more jobs through layoffs and divestitures, and show a $3.6 billion net loss in the third quarter. It also announced new key management. The Brampton, Ontario, company started the year with 94,500 employees, and was down by 30,000 by the end of September, spokesman David Chamberlin says.

Trio to tackle PBS ITV trials

October 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A trio of companies will team on trials for Public Broadcasting Service's interactive Life 360 launch, starting Friday. Under the deal, Zenith Electronics Corp. will supply set-top boxes to about 100 homes for the trials. Triveni Digital will supply the SkyScraper DataFab data broadcasting system to insert data into the DTV transmission.

MFN lands $611 M, moves execs, lowers guidance

October 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Metromedia Fiber Network Inc. completed the $611 million financing package it's been working on for months. The deal includes a $150 million note purchase led by Citicorp and $230 million in convertible debt financing, of which $180 million is purchased by affiliates and $50 million by an unnamed Verizon Communications subsidiary.

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Two takers tap Concurrent's MediaHawk

October 1, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Concurrent Computer Corp. crafted two new deals for its MediaHawk Broadband VOD System, it reports. Blue Ridge Communications will use the system on the Scientific-Atlanta digital cable platform and Mediacom Communications Corp. will use it on Motorola's DCT-2000. Blue Ridge plans plans its first deployment early next year, with VOD services rolled out during through 2002 to customers in Stroud...

Editor's Note: The DEADLINE APPROACHES

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Know anyone doing anything innovative with fiber optics? How about high-speed data? Now you can recognize that someone — but only through today. Log on to the SCTE's Web site to nominate a colleague, mentor or other. Through Monday, SCTE will accept nominations for the prestigious Polaris Award and Star of Integrity award, which will be presented during the upcoming annual Conference on E...

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Changes for CED

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Magazine masthead watchers will notice that CED magazine has reorganized its editorial staff. Under the restructuring, Jeff Baumgartner returns to CED from Multichannel News, where he was broadband editor. As CED's new assistant editor, Baumgartner will assist Editorial Director Roger Brown with issue planning and story assignments, in addition to his writing duties.

Metabyte Cashes in on Canal+, S-A

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Metabyte Networks Inc. said it raised $10 million in series B financing led by Canal+ Technologies and Scientific-Atlanta Inc. In turn, Canal+ said it would marry Metabyte's "MbTV" personalization technology with its MediaHighway middleware and personal video recording platform. With most of its deployment success coming outside U.

CacheVision Emerges, ReplayTV Reset

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CacheVision Inc. finally opened its kimono this summer to reveal a three-pronged personal video recording strategy with components ranging from software, storage modules and stand-alone and sidecar boxes. CacheVision, the product of a 50-50 joint venture between hard drive maker Seagate Technology and consumer electronics giant Thomson Multimedia, won't solely set its sites on the PVR.

A Novo Gears for Set-Top Repairs

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A Novo Broadband Inc. forked over about $8 million plus assumed debt to acquire Broadband Services Inc.'s equipment repair division, giving A Novo repair access to analog and digital set-tops built by Motorola Broadband Communications Sector and Scientific-Atlanta Inc. A Novo quickly followed the BSI purchase with a deal to acquire Pace Micro Technology plc's UK-based service and repair busines...

Intel Gets to the AnyPoint

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Intel Corp. has unveiled a line of "AnyPoint Wireless II" home networking products, opting as expected to use the 802.11b protocol. Intel's first version of the product used the slower HomeRF 1.0 platform. 802.11b transfers data at speeds as high as 11 megabits per second, enough to transport some forms of streaming video and audio.

Studios Loosen Grip on VOD Titles

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Showing signs that Hollywood is becoming a bit more comfortable with the digital domain, five major studios have teamed on a new on-demand movie distribution service that relies heavily on broadband connections. Those studios–Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Studios and Warner Bros.

Consumers Warm to Bundled Services

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Consumers spend an average of $127 each month on their cable and telecommunications services, up about four percent from the $122 reported last year, reported a new Horowitz Associates Inc. study, "Bundled Services 4." North of half (52 percent) of the study's 800 respondents said they would buy all of their existing services if they were bundled, even without any change in price.

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