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Microtune sings a set-top tune

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hoping to find a comfy home inside cable-set tops and residential gateways, Microtune introduced the MT2100 family of chip-based tuners fabricated in silicon germanium. Microtune, which has been most active with cable modem RF products over the last three to four years, said its silicon will shine most under "must-carry" conditions, when cable operators distribute analog and digital channels.

Spyglass Integration has independence in mind

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to kick-start the interactive television sector, Spyglass Integration officially opened its doors for business in October 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...

Bridging the pond with boxes

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Google Factor: 2,420 Unlike The Beatles, Pace Micro Technology plc did not exactly come to America with an embedded mass of people panting and heaving for its arrival. Instead, the company dropped anchor here with a monster challenge on its hands: breaking through the set-top duopoly enjoyed by Motorola Broadband Communications Sector and Scientific-Atlanta Inc.

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Host-based modems make CableLabs debut

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Host-based cable modems that could sell for less than $50 per unit made their first official appearance at CableLabs in October, when the R&D house kicked off certification wave 20. Intel Corp. and Coresma Inc. (formerly NetGame Ltd.) both submitted computer-controlled cable modems, or CCCMs, for DOCSIS 1.

TWC taps multiple VOD vendors

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A deluge of video-on-demand vendors came forth in recent weeks to tell the world that they are taking significant roles in Time Warner Cable's aggressive VOD strategy. Though word had spread earlier this year that the MSO and nCUBE Corp. had a VOD agreement in the hopper, the deal finally became official in early November, when the vendor said Time Warner Cable would buy 77 VOD servers for ser...

Jedai greenlights 'Runner' product family

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fueling plans to offer gear designed to allow cable operators to push their networks to the commercial sector, Jedai Broadband Networks Inc. last month unveiled its "Runner" family of products. Claiming the moniker signifies "speed and endurance," Jedai's equipment line includes the FrontRunner (optical network terminal), PacketRunner (optical network unit), WaveRunner (optical gateway), SkyRu...

Time Warner 'Explores' PVRs, HDTV

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Expanding its relationship with Scientific-Atlanta Inc., Time Warner Cable has ordered 625,000 Explorer boxes to fuel the MSO's digital plans. The order is comprised of 475,000 Explorer 2100 model boxes, 100,000 PVR-enabled Explorer 8000s and 50,000 Explorer 3100HDs, which S-A claims can decode all 18 ATSC high-definition digital formats.

Western Show wrapup

November 29, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Western Show saw 17,000 attendees, including walk-ins, or 48 percent fewer than last year's record 33,000, says Paul Fadelli, spokesman for the California Cable & Telecommunications Association, which hosted the show. CCTA will meet in early February to discuss changes for next year's show. "We know the changes in the marketplace, and show philosophy and psychology, and how the industry...

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Excite judge clears way for cutting service

November 29, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The dickering over ExciteAtHome's value and its future with its cableco customers came to a head today when a bankruptcy court judge nullified AtHome's contracts with cablecos and said they'd have to renegotiate new ones. The decision comes on the heels of an open letter to the bankruptcy court judge, from U.

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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