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AtHome judge puts off cable contract ruling

December 9, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A bankruptcy court judge Friday delayed a decision on $355 million in transition service contracts ExciteAtHome had developed last week with a group of cablecos. After a judge ruled Nov. 30 that the cable companies would have to renegotiate contracts with bankrupt AtHome, a group of them negotiated $355 million in transition contracts.

Microtune/nCUBE: VOD silicon can replace 'bulky' upconverters

December 9, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Aiming to slash space, cost and power requirements for on-demand cable services and network-based personal video recording systems, Microtune Inc. and nCUBE Corp. Monday introduced a new set of silicon designed to replace today's "bulky" upconverters. While a typical upconverter is roughly the size of a VCR unit, the Microtune-nCUBE offering reduces all of those components into three "Videocast...

Standards group approves IEEE 802.16

December 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

IEEE Standard 802.16 — Air Interface for Fixed Broadband Wireless Access Systems — was approved today by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Standards Association's standard board. The approval will "set the stage" for more widespread deployment of 10 GHz to 66 GHz wireless metropolitan area networks, the group says.

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NCTC: USR report card not complete

December 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

So, did U.S. Robotics fudge its grades and get busted? The cable modem newbie said in a news release and interview yesterday that its cable modem had earned an A+ rating and preferred status from the National Cable Television Cooperative. The association responded today with a stern rebuke and strong statements that only Motorola's SurfBoard 4101 had reached preferred status, and only Motorola,...

FCC: Gemstar VBI not mandated for TWC

December 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In a blow for Gemstar International, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission ruled that Time Warner Cable's analog must-carry obligations don't include the program guide company's vertical blanking interval (VBI) technology. "Must carry obligations do not require the company to carry material inserted in the (VBI) of over-the-air broadcast stations at the behest of Gemstar International," th...

TWC taps Concurrent 2000 servers for Fla. unit

December 5, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Cable's central Florida unit bought 73 MediaHawk Model 2000 video servers from Concurrent Computer Corp. to support its VOD rollout. The cableco also will use back-office products from CCC. A CCC spokeswoman would not disclose financial terms. The central Florida division is TWC's third largest, with more than 1 million homes passed and nearly 700,000 basic subscribers, CCC says.

Broadband Outlook touts sponsor, speakers

December 5, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Broadband Outlook 2002 hosts landed a second sponsor and announced speakers for the January event. The Consumers Electronics Association, a trade group representing more than 650 U.S. consumer technology companies, will sponsor the event. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association also will support the event.

Cable modem newbie lands NCTC preferred status

December 5, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

National Cable Television Cooperative gave U.S. Robotics preferred vendor status in a move that gives the cable modem newcomer a leg up in a tough industry, a spokesman says. The company's DOCSIS cable modem landed an A+ rating — one of two companies to score that high in NCTC's testing, says Christopher Browne, product manager for U.

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BSPA forms to focus on open access … at first

December 5, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Together, they say, they'd be one of the county's top 10 cable operators. Thirteen broadband network providers pooled their $5 billion, 29,000 miles of fiber and 1 million customer clout, and formed the Broadband Service Providers Association to promote open access. The facilities-based providers are targeting three issues in the competitive broadband industry, a spokesman says.

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BSPA forms to focus on open access … at first(2)

December 5, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Together, they say, they'd be one of the county's top 10 cable operators. Thirteen broadband network providers pooled their $5 billion, 29,000 miles of fiber and 1 million customer clout, and formed the Broadband Service Providers Association to promote open access. The facilities-based providers are targeting three issues in the competitive broadband industry, a spokesman says.

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Irdeto/Canal+ settle patent infringement suit

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

Neither side is peeved, they say, but Irdeto Access Inc. and Canal+ Technologies settled a patent-infringement lawsuit under undisclosed terms. The lawsuit concerned Canal+'s digital MEDIAGUARD conditional access system, which is used in pay TV to ensure that only authorized subscribers can get access to programming content.

AtHome confirms closure

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

ExciteAtHome confirmed AT&T's withdrawal of its $307 million bid for AtHome assets, it says. As reported yesterday by CEDaily, AtHome also will cease operations after its three-month contracts with cablecos expire, and seek a Chapter 11 liquidation. In a brief announcement, released late yesterday, AtHome said it had been notified by AT&T of its withdrawal, a move that prompted AtHome t...

Economists stump for free-market telecom action

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

Whether or not the U.S. House of Representatives votes on HR1542, The Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001 (Tauzin-Dingell bill) this month is up in the air, but a group of top economists are weighing in on its impact. The group of free-market economists signed a letter to the Bush administration calling for it to "do everything possible to accelerate the process of deregulatin...

Application moves Hughes merger closer

December 3, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Taking their controversial merger a step closer to completion, General Motors, EchoStar Communications and Hughes Electronics applied to transfer certain licensing control to the proposed company. The application asks the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to allow the trio to transfer control of the satellite, earth station and "other related authorizations" to the new entity.

SCTE launches two programs, lines up CLC sessions

December 3, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers launched an e-mail trainer discussion forum and a new speakers bureau, and lined up sessions for its Chapter Leadership Conference in March. The trainers discussion forum is an e-mail discussion group, where broadband trainers and training managers can post questions, solve problems and discuss experiences with industry experts, including SCTE's...

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