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

More modems emerge certified following wave 20

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs said it handed out passing grades to seven more DOCSIS 1.1 cable modems in certification wave 20, pushing that total to nine. However, CableLabs did not qualify any additional cable modem termination systems during the wave, after awarding passing grades in the previous wave, to Arris' Cornerstone CMTS 1500 and Cadant Inc.

MSOs tout home security

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications and Cox Communications said they will begin "limited" marketing of Security Broadband Corp.'s SafeVillage system, respectively, in Sarasota, Fla. and Las Vegas, Nev. Though both MSOs mark the first to introduce Security Broadband's next-gen product, Cox conducted a technical, alpha trial with the start-up last year in Las Vegas.

CableLabs publishes OCAP, fine-tunes DOCSIS 2.0

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Polishing up a slate of work being done behind the scenes, CableLabs recently published the middleware specifications for OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) version 1.0, and completed the advanced DOCSIS 2.0 spec. OCAP 1.0, available to manufacturers and content developers at www.opencable.com, represents the software element of OpenCable, an initiative designed to foster the sale of c...

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CacheVision bows DVR set-top modules

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Expanding its digital video recorder technology portfolio, CacheVision Inc. has introduced a new line of DVR modules tagged for integration with consumer electronics appliances and set-top boxes. The CacheVision CVM-3000, which can record up to 120 hours of audio and video, is a "plug-and-play" module for everything from televisions, DVD players and cable and satellite receivers, the comp...

TiVo adds streaming component via RealNetworks deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Adding further proof that digital video recorders aren't just about "video" anymore, TiVo Inc. said its digital video recorder customers will be able to download, personalize, manage and play music, streaming video and other content following a deal with RealNetworks Inc. Under terms of the multi-year agreement, TiVo will incorporate RealNetworks' RealOne Player and RealOne Music platform...

MTV to make PCs that rock

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

MTV: Music Television has partnered with OEM computer manufacturer Lan Plus to introduce a new line of PCs and PC-based gear designed for the "entertainment savvy" MTV demographic. Planned for a Spring 2002 release, MTV's PCs will come equipped with components to allow consumers to watch TV, play DVD movies, listen to and burn CDs, tune in to their home stereos and browse the Internet.

ARC/Cogent merger gets OK; Cogent to trade on AMEX

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Allied Riser Communications Corp.'s stockholders approved its merger with a Cogent Communications Group Inc. unit, after a judge denied a motion to block the deal. Dallas-based Allied Riser provides broadband data, video and voice services to small- and medium-sized businesses. Holders of its convertible subordinated notes due 2007 filed the motion for a preliminary injunction, which was denied...

Teledesic turns to Italian satellite maker

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Under a new deal, Italian satellite maker Alenia Spazio SpA will build satellites for Teledesic LLC's global broadband Internet-in-the-Sky satellite communications network. Financial terms were not disclosed. Teledesic developed a new constellation design of 30 medium-Earth-orbit satellites, it says.

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Weather Network gets the Wink; CSG extends TWC deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Under a new deal, Canada's The Weather Network will use broadcasting technology from Wink Communications that gives viewers access to "forecast conditions of their choice, 24 hours a day," Wink says. Users also can see commercials, ask for more information or buy directly from the advertiser via their remotes.

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Roseville finishes phase one of FTTH rollout

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Just slightly behind its Q4 schedule, Roseville Telephone finished phase one of its fiber-to-the-home program in certain Roseville, Calif., neighborhoods. Roseville, a California-based unit of SureWest Communications, says the program extends its existing fiber-to-the-curb infrastructure to Del Webb's Sun City Roseville Community and parts of the Highland Reserve and Diamond Oaks neighborhoods.

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Microsoft to roll out multiplayer gaming service

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After selling about 1.5 million gaming consoles between Nov. 15 and the end of 2001, Microsoft Corp., maker of the Xbox, said it plans to roll out the machine's multiplayer gaming service in the first half of 2002. Cable operators have noted that the Xbox, in a massive, multiplayer environment, could give rise to a variety of bandwidth management and provisioning issues.

Cox gets the message

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cox Communications said it has selected Openwave Systems Inc.'s messaging platform for a growing cable modem service that stands at more than 779,000 residential customers. The IP-based Openwave Email Mx platform is configured for a variety of messaging applications, including unified messaging, instant messaging and multimedia messaging.

SCTE retools job bank

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has teamed with BroadbandCareers.Com to create an enhanced online job bank targeted to engineers, managers, technicians and installers. Replacing SCTE's former job bank, the new service enables job seekers to post resumes and receive notice of relevant job postings.

MSOs forge IP backbone for a post-@Home world

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Preparing for the inevitable shuttering of Excite@Home Corp. at the end of this month, the high-speeder's affiliates began tapping outside parties to create their own national IP backbones. Cox Communications, for one, said it is deploying Cisco Systems Internet routers and switches to create a backbone capable of handling traffic for its 779,000 cable modem customers.

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Cablevision launches broadband portal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. has relaunched OptOnline.net, a broadband portal designed to showcase content designed for high-speed, cable modem connections. Targeted to Cablevision's Optimum Online cable modem customers, the portal features news, music and video clips from the MSO's media properties as well as its outside content partners, including News 12, MSG Networks, American Movie Clas...

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