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

MetaTV blends big-name technologies to create i-TV services for Ford

January 16, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

MetaTV and ad agency-extraordinaire J. Walter Thompson have put their talents together and created a TV-centric interactive platform for Ford Motor Company's website. MetaTV capitalized on the back-end infrastructure of Ford's existing website and transformed its content into enhanced, TV-centric designs for the AT&T Digital Cable Network using the WorldGate headend systems.

Shopaholics rejoice! New service will offer over one million items to peruse

January 16, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

WorldGate subscribers will soon have better online shopping opportunities. Commerce.TV 's data processing network, CoreTVnet, will contribute its t-commerce features to WorldGate subs using advanced digital set-top boxes. The combination of Commerce.TV and WorldGate services is expected to spark subscriber interest even further in online shopping and pump up cable operators' revenue streams.

VeriSign to safeguard cable modem industry

January 16, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

VeriSign, a Internet trust services provider, will be the gatekeeper of CableLabs Root Certificate Authority. The Root Certificate Authority establishes the hierarchy to use digital certificates securing cable modems across the industry. This implements the cable modem security provisions detailed in CableLabs' DOCSIS 1.

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Motorola extends reach into Latin America and China

January 16, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

SuperCable Venezuela, that country's largest MSO, is deploying Motorola's interactive digital cable platform in its new cable system in Bogota, Colombia. This is the first all-digital cable TV system of its kind in Latin America. The system is already in use in Caracas, Venezuela. SuperCable will offer digital video and digital audio services using Motorola's DCT line of digital set-top termina...

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Broadcom fires up VPNs

January 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Just when you thought it couldn't get any faster, Broadcom has come up with BCM5840, which is, according to Broadcom, the world's first single-chip 2.4 Gigabit per second (Gbps) IP security processor. The BCM5840 is designed specifically for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), eliminating bottlenecks by delivering security encryption and authentications at super fast speeds over the Internet.

Modem Media brings big ideas to Philips

January 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Royal Philips Electronics is expecting great things from Modem Media. Modem Media, which provides Internet strategies, will be a global partner for Web applications development and designer for two of Philips' major business divisions: Consumer Electronics (PCE) and Domestic Appliances and Personal Care (DAP).

Rain or shine? Get it online

January 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Are you losing faith in the ancient weatherman your local station has kept around since you were watching Captain Kangaroo? Get online instead. Intellicast.com and Time Warner Cable have launched Broadband Weather, a new online service that delivers sophisticated weather information especially suited for high-speed Internet access because of the types of graphics and images the service offers.

Broadband is the way

January 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Before MediaOne Group was swallowed by AT&T, their tagline was, "This is Broadband. This is the way." Consumer use seems to indicate the company was right. Excite@Home conducted a study which shows that broadband users are more highly educated, earn more money and have more Internet experience than those who access the Internet via dial-up connections.

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S-A enters its 50th year as company of the year

January 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Business to Business Magazine's has named Scientific-Atlanta Company of the Year. The January 2001 issue of the magazine notes the evolution of Scientific-Atlanta's products and services and the recent deployment of interactive television applications, including video-on-demand, e-mail, and Web browsing, across cable systems, represent millions of subscribers throughout North America.

Pitch me, babe

January 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Lots of couch potatoes sit in front of the TV and ask their glowing screens, "Where'd you get that stupid idea?" Now for all you channel surfers who think you can do better, here's your chance. Interactive TV Pitch, an event sponsored by Microsoft TV, gives those who have what they think are brilliant interactive television show ideas, 60 seconds to pitch their concepts to a panel of industry d...

New transatlantic cable network no myth

January 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Apollo is the god of the sun, so why Cable and Wireless has chosen to name its new submarine transatlantic cable network after him is a mystery. Cable and Wireless is working with Alcatel to build the new transatlantic system to meet increasing IP and data demands. When complete, the network will have four fiber pairs in each of two submarine legs, capable of 3.

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Bells are ringing for newlyweds at last

January 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

While it is practically old news now, CEDaily would be remiss in not mentioning the story everyone else is talking about: the AOL/Time Warner merger, of course. Everyone from analysts and subscribers to vendors and this morning's Starbucks barrista are busy sizing up the deal and its rippling consequences.

Grim Reaper visits Jato

January 10, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

"May you live in interesting times" is an old Chinese proverb. And life certainly got interesting, and hectic, in Denver when DSL provider Jato Communications, closed its doors today, and effectively closed off its customers, leaving them without e-mail or Internet access. "It's a fact, it's happening all over," Norm Bogen, director of WAN infrastucture and services, Cahners In-Stat, tells CED.

Coming to America

January 10, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Time Warner has inked a multi-million dollar deal with Ericsson to purchase several hundred thousand cable modems for its regions nationally. "This puts Ericsson in a good position," Curt Matson, director of marketing for home communications for Ericsson, tells CED. "The deal positions us as one of the top vendors in the industry.

Linksys goes from 0 to 600,000 in no time

January 10, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

In January 2000, Linksys had sold no cable/DSL routers at all. Twelve months later, it had shipped 600,000 Ethernet cable/DSL routers, beating out Cisco with a 36 percent in the SOHO market, according the Cahners In-Stat, a research group. What's the secret to practically overnight success? "We began with our four-port model and began shipping in January 2000, after doing a pre-announcement at ...

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