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

JCI and Lucent hook up in Hollywood

September 28, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

JCI and Lucent this week demoed the first collaborative video editing over a commercial optical network connecting post-production facilities in Beverly Hills, Calif., Toronto and New York City. The demo showcased file transport and collaborative creative development of a movie scene by editing pros at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, LaserPacific in L.

DSL at the next level

September 28, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Next Level Communications, a DSL broadband systems provider, has signed a deal with 19 communications providers, including RBOCs and LECs, to deploy voice, high-speed data and digital video over existing copper wire. Next Level is currently supplying access technology to more than 80 customers globally.

It's a wrap

September 28, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

South of the border, Motorola and Cablevision of Mexico have signed a three-year deal for Motorola to provide broadband technology and value-added services to Cablevision. The agreement has been dubbed the Elite Alliance, and is valued at $128 million. Cablevision has just completed Mexico's first commercial digital cable deployment, which uses the Motorola interactive digital broadband platform.

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Corning's race to market will be on good 'tyres'

September 27, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Pass the grappa! Corning has inked a deal with Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli to buy its stake in its optical components and devices business for approximately $3.6 billion. Pirelli's optics business manufactures components, including pump lasers, specialty fibers and fiber gratings used in optical networks.

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A new can of worms

September 27, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

In lending its support to a Henrico County, Va. court case, Verizon is asking the 4th circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to redefine cable modem service as a telecom service. The county is defending its cable open access ordinance, which requires cable companies to open their high-speed networks to multiple ISPs, like the telcos do.

Dauphin bets on new set-top

September 27, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Sigfried and Roy. Penn and Teller. Dauphin and SmartBox. Dauphin Technology is taking its show on the road and will introduce its new SmartBox set-top in Las Vegas at Comdex/Fall 2000 in November. The SmartBox can perform all kinds of tricks, like controlling users' home and office environments, including heating and cooling, lighting, and control of smart appliances.

Murdoch beaming in

September 27, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

A $6 billion stock swap this week between old chums John Malone of Liberty Media and News Corp's Rupert Murdoch could give News Corp. its first step toward a targeted takeover of DirecTV. There are many goals involved with the stock swap, but the immediate impact gives Murdoch an opportunity to fire off a bid for DirecTV, according to industry analysts.

TiVo for telly

September 27, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

TiVo, the pioneer of personal video recorders, will be for sale beginning October 1 in the UK. TiVo is expected to change many of the viewing habits of that island country. The smart recorders don't use videotapes, (it uses a hard disk) and one doesn't really need to tell it what to record. It makes educated guesses based on your past viewing habits.

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Comcast makes use of DQCM

September 26, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

With an eye on making its systems "cleaner", Comcast will use Internet Cable Corporation 's DQCM software to support testing and node certification of Comcast's cable network in Northern Virginia. Comcast will use the software with a Hewlett Packard spectrum analyzer and radio frequency modem to form a turnkey auditing system for cable plant nodes.

Motorola on top of the world

September 26, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Motorola is having a milestone week. It has shipped its 10 millionth interactive digital cable set-top terminal; it shipped its one-millionth DOCSIS compliant cable modem; and Korea Thrunet, one of that country's broadband and Internet services providers, picked Motorola as its preferred provider for cable modems and cable modem termination system equipment.

Good fortune for Concurrent

September 26, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Beijing Fengtai Cable, located in the People's Republic of China, has chosen Concurrent to provide VOD and other interactive services to its 350,000 subscribers. Beijing Fengtai Cable is one of four district networks owned by the Beijing Cable Group, which has approximately four million subscribers throughout the city.

Philips and FVC.COM delivering faces to the desktop

September 26, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Philips and FVC.COM will be working together to bring two-way video and streaming technologies to business and consumer markets, the companies said. The partnership is designed to leverage FVC.COM's Click to Meet video system and Philips CSI's camera products to provide a complete desktop solution. Click to Meet is a video service for two-way Internet video calls and conferences using a Web-bas...

Two giants mix it up

September 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Japanese electronics giant Matsushita, known as Panasonic in the U.S., has inked a deal with the nation's largest cable company, AT&T, to provide one million set-top boxes to AT&T Broadband subs over the next three years. Through the cable set-tops, the companies expect to introduce new broadband video, voice and data services, they said in a statement.

Cox Launches VOD in San Diego

September 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

Cox has rolled out its new VOD service in San Diego, dubbed 'Movies-On-Demand,' or 'MOD.' MOD is using VOD hardware and software from Concurrent Computer, routed through Explorer 2000 digital set-top boxes from S-A. The MSO said it plans to deploy MOD in additional markets, including Phoenix, next year.

A sea of legal battles

September 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler | Comments

In just one of several intellectual property rights battles being fought, a Delaware jury has found that nCube did infringe on SeaChange's video-server patent. (See below for an update on the Intel/Broadcom squabble.) SeaChange said it would ask the court to issue a permanent injunction against nCUBE's MediaCUBE-4 video server, which is used to provide video-on-demand services.

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