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

Microsoft, PacketVideo climb into bed

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Rivals Microsoft Corp. and PacketVideo are calling a truce to further the deployment of rich audio and video content to next-generation wireless phones and devices. Although financial terms of the companies' new deal were not disclosed, PacketVideo will use Microsoft's digital media delivery format, dubbed Windows Media 9 Series, in its PacketVideo pv3 Mobilemedia System.

UltraLink debuts in three new cities

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Thanks to AT&T Broadband 's UltraLink service, residential broadband subscribers in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Richmond, Va. will now have the option to access the Net at a faster rate. The tiered broadband service ups the speed ante, offering users the ability to download at speeds up to 3 megabits per second, and upload at speeds up to 384 kilobits per second.

Conexant integrates Wi-Fi

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Wi-Fi silicon maker Intersil announced a deal with Conexant Systems Inc. to incorporate Intersil's PRISM Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless local area network technology in Conexant's next-generation DSL, cable and home networking chip sets. The integration, which will negate the need to purchase and install a Wi-Fi network interface card, will enable file sharing, voice over IP, video and digital media ...

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WorldGate launches Go!TV Games Network

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

WorldGate is jumping into the interactive gaming sector with the introduction of its Go!TV Games Network. The interactive network enables gamers in the same house or different households to go head-to-head using WorldGate's ultra-thin client architecture. Players also can participate in online chats.

EarthLink expands deal with computer retailer

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

EarthLink has inked a deal to peddle its high-speed cable modem service in Micro Center stores in select Time Warner Cable markets. Micro Center has agreed to sell EarthLink's cable modem service offered over Time Warner Cable systems in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Tustin, Calif.; Houston; Long Island, N.

iN Demand inks news, kid deals

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by John Dempsey | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…09/03/2002 From LexisNexis NEW YORK —iN Demand, the dominant distributor of pay-per-view movies and events in the U.S., continues to build up its inventory of video-on-demand programs, signing a deal for VOD rights with Fox News and Sesame Workshop.

SeaChange launches VOD tour

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In an effort to help the cable industry spread the good word about on-demand services to consumers, SeaChange International Inc. has kicked off its "VOD Experience Tour." Headlining the tour is SeaChange's "All-Television Vehicle, a 41-foot rig equipped with the necessary gear to show off VOD in all its glory.

WSNet to help rural ops market digital

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cable sells services, not technology–or at least, that's the message WSNet is trying to deliver to rural cable operators with a new marketing tool crafted to lure digital cable subscribers and keep them away from DBS. WSNet, which helps small- and medium-sized operators deliver affordable digital programming, will launch in the fourth quarter a consumer marketing campaign, touting "That'...

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Collette, Soderquist not away for long

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Michael Collette and Craig Soderquist–two cable industry veterans–resurfaced over the summer after brief respites, each assuming the top slot at their respective companies. Media software provider Ucentric Systems named Collette, a former OpenTV and ICTV marketing executive, as its CEO. At Ucentric, Collette will direct the company's strategies involving media distribution software...

BIAP notches 'PiTV' deals

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

BIAP Systems, a developer of personalized "artificial intelligence" software for set-tops, said it has secured agreements with USA Media Group, MetroCast Cablevision and the National Cable Television Cooperative, an organization that represents cable systems serving about 14 million subscribers. BIAP's PiTV application runs on digital set-tops and uses A.

Liberate diversifies with Sigma buy

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Middleware vendor Liberate Technologies fattened its technology portfolio with the acquisition of Canada-based OSS company Sigma Systems Group for roughly $62 million in cash. Sigma threw in $20 million to help finance the deal, which could close by the third quarter of 2002. Liberate, like its competitors, has been stung by a slow-moving iTV sector.

Charter re-ups with CSG

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Despite an ongoing legal tiff with its largest customer, AT&T Broadband, CSG Systems International got some good news over the summer, announcing that Charter Communications had re-upped its customer care and billing deal with the company through 2012. Financial terms were not disclosed, but CSG will continue to provide billing support for Charter's video and high-speed data customers, incl...

Real, Microsoft stoke streaming media battle

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

RealNetworks Inc. and Microsoft Corp. upped the streaming media ante recently, with each company introducing a new streaming platform designed to outdo the other. For its part, RealNetworks took the open road with the unveiling of "Helix," a platform for the creation of digital media products and applications "for any format, operating system or device.

HSA to liquidate

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Closing the book on a former cable modem service provider, High Speed Access Corp. announced it will dissolve and liquidate. HSA said it will submit the plan to company shareholders for approval. HSA sold most of its assets to Charter Communications in February for about $81 million.

HITS enters digital surround with Dolby 5.1

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

AT&T's Headend In The Sky (HITS) is offering Dolby Digital 5.1 audio on "select premium services" following a technology deal with Dolby Laboratories. Dolby 5.1, a multichannel audio scheme, provides five full channels: front left, front right, center, surround left and surround right, plus a low frequency effect channel required for special effects and action sequences, which represents th...

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