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

EchoStar lands $5.5 B as FCC forms review board

November 4, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EchoStar Communications Corp. landed the $5.5 billion it needed to help finance its merger with Hughes Electronics, even as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission appoints a review board for the merger. Credit Suisse First Boston and Deutsche Bank each pitched in $2.75 billion, with Credit Suisse's commitment replacing General Motor's temporary bridge financing.

TWC drives VOD/multi-ISP in three deals

November 4, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Cable signed deals with three vendors for its systems in South Carolina and Los Angeles, and for its VOD services. The company will buy 77 MediaHUBs from nCUBE to help deliver its VOD services in Los Angeles, where TWC has more than 363,000 customers. nCUBE says it will deploy a centralized server architecture for TWC headends in Orange, South Bay and West Valley counties.

Motorola USBs land Windows OS logos

November 4, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

USB drivers in two of Motorola's SURFboard cable modems earned Microsoft's Designed for Windows logo, the company's broadband communications sector says. The logo validates the SB4100 and SB4101 cable modems' compatibility with Microsoft Windows' operating systems, Motorola says, including Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me and Windows XP.

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HSA finds buyer for Web-hosting unit

November 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

High Speed Access Corp. said Louisville, Ky.-based Express Technologies Inc. has agreed to buy "certain assets" of Digital Chainsaw, HSA's Web-hosting unit, for an undisclosed sum. For HSA, the deal removes yet another piece of its Internet service portfolio. Earlier this year, the company agreed to sell "substantially all" of its assets to corporate cousin Charter Communications for $81.

SONICblue revenue rises; is hit with PVR lawsuit

November 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

It was one of those "good news/bad news" weeks for SONICblue Inc. The good news was that the company's revenues rose 86 percent to $54.8 million versus the previous quarter. The bad news was that SONICblue's new Replay4000 personal video recorder came under legal scrutiny from a spate of television programmers.

Charter's Q3 shows $317M loss as revenue, subs climb

November 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. weighed in with a $317 million net loss on revenue of $1.04 billion in its third quarter. The cableco also reported an average of 19,400 new digital video customers per week were added during the quarter. The company's cable TV unit reports 11.5 million homes passed for the quarter, up from a pro forma 11.

NCTA Plan to 'Set the Table' for Retail Set-Top Market

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to goose the sale of digital cable set-tops via retail channels, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association voluntarily launched a plan that involves boxes with proprietary, embedded security. Under that proposition, NCTA said cable operators will support retail distribution of set-tops, but will offer to buy back the equipment on a depreciated basis if a customer moves to...

ADC Thinks Small with 'Cuda 1000' CMTS

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Setting its sights on smaller cable systems and the multi-dwelling unit sector, ADC Telecommunications Inc. has unveiled the "Cuda 1000," a pizza-box sized cable modem termination system that complements the company's carrier-class "Cuda 12000." Targeting systems with less than 20,000 homes, the Cuda 1000 is designed to handle data traffic as well as "second line" IP voice services, said Mitch ...

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ISPs Merge onto Cable's High-Speed Roadways

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Moving forward on its plan to open up cable lines to more ISPs, Time Warner Cable said it has launched the high-speed version of AOL in Greensboro, N.C. and Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as several cities in western Ohio. AOL, the MSO's corporate cousin following the mega-merger that created AOL-Time Warner, said it will offer many of the same applications and services available to its narrowband ...

Funding Fuels Stargus' Launch Plans

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Although the economy remains as soft as a pillow, one cable-technology startup still has managed a sizable amount of funding. Stargus Inc. said it landed $10.15 million in series B funding led by Castile Ventures, Pilot House Ventures, ADC Telecommunications, Still River Fund, Lauder Partners and YAS Broadband Ventures.

Motorola Elevates Breen

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Keeping a firm eye on the future of broadband, Motorola Inc. said it has selected Edward Breen to succeed Robert Growney as the company's president and chief operating officer. Breen, who is the executive vice president and president of Motorola's Networks Sector, was the chairman and CEO of General Instrument Corp.

SCTE Group Adopts Three Standards

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' Hybrid Management Sub-Layer (HMS) subcommittee has produced and adopted its first three standards linked to outside plant monitoring: HMS 005, HMS 004 and HMS 022. HMS 005 addresses the physical layer specification, HMS 004 refers to the MAC layer specification, and HMS 022 handles the power supply-to-transponder interface specification.

Jedai Ready for Intelligent IP Trials

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Jedai Broadband Networks Inc. said it has released the company's "FrontRunner" optical network terminal for MSO field trials. The Red Bank, N.J.-based start-up's new gear is the first product to emerge for its overall "Intelligent IP Optical Access" platform, which is designed to enable cable operators to extend their networks to the commercial sector and offer "high-margin" voice and data serv...

WINfirst Moves on iTV

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Denver-based fiber-to-the-home overbuilder WINfirst said it has launched interactive television services in Sacramento, Calif., offering video-on-demand, an advanced channel navigator and other applications created via its middleware and conditional access partnership with Canal+ Technologies. Among those apps, Canal+'s "Mosaic Navigator" offers a live view of as many as 12 different channels ...

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Mediacom, Blue Ridge Tap Concurrent for VOD

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Proving that video-on-demand isn't only for the largest MSOs, Blue Ridge Communications and Mediacom Communications Corp. said they will deploy the technology via separate agreements with Concurrent Computer Corp. In the case of Blue Ridge, the operator said initial deployments will begin the first quarter of 2002 via Scientific-Atlanta Inc.

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