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

NCTI taps Pangrac for training software

November 8, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

NCTI agreed to become a reseller of Tech Trainer from Pangrac & Associates. The series of simulator-style software programs teach and evaluate troubleshooting skills for broadband technicians and engineers. Tech Training is designed to target what's considered a broadband employee's weakest skill, which is troubleshooting, the company says.

Adelphia spins off unit, weighs in on Q3

November 8, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Adelphia Communications' third-quarter net loss widened by nearly 84 percent over a year ago, but revenue, including the ABIZ unit, rose 23.5 percent. The company also said it will spin off its Adelphia Business Solutions unit by March. The company also saw its subscriber numbers jump — in some cases, more than 200 percent.

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Urban women see more digital cable TV, Internet

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

Awareness of digital cable TV service jumped 55 percent among urban women this year, a study says. Internet penetration in urban homes grew nearly 50 percent and daily Internet use rose 50 percent among urban women. Women's Worlds, from Horowitz Associates Inc.'s Surveys Unlimited unit, analyzed responses from 1,800 men and 2,200 urban women — 1,100 each in two separate surveys.

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Charter to offer Microsoft TV on 1 million advanced boxes

November 7, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Giving Microsoft Corp.'s interactive television strategy a big boost, Charter Communications Inc. said late Wednesday that it would deploy the Microsoft TV software platform to 1 million subscribers over the next seven years. Charter, which has been a champion of the "thick-client" advanced set-top approach, said it would offer Microsoft's software on Motorola Broadband-built DCT-5000 boxes and...

Insight sees wider losses in Q3, customers steady

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

Insight Communications Co.'s third-quarter losses widened to $25 million, or 42 cents a share, on revenue that jumped 48.7 percent to $177.4 million. Revenue and operating costs increased after Insight's purchase of AT&T's Illinois cable systems earlier this year. The company's customer numbers also reflected the acquisitions.

CableLabs wraps up PacketCable specs

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

CableLabs says it's frozen PacketCable specs and will start testing vendor products for qualification next year. The organization also has worked with vendors to set up a working prototype of PacketCable's architecture in its Louisville, Colo., labs. CableLabs says it plans four PacketCable certification waves next year.

SCTE's DPI specs pass CableLabs technology test

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

In other news, CableLabs sponsored a test and demo of digital program insertion technology, based on Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers standards. The tests, conducted at CableLabs between Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, determined whether vendors' equipment complied with SCTE's DVS 253 and DVS 380 standards.

SeaChange supplies VOD to six TWC systems

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

SeaChange International Inc. will supply VOD and SVOD services to six additional Time Warner Cable services areas in the United States. The company already provided the services in TWC's Austin, Texas, division. SeaChange says it's presently shipping and installing its iTV systems to the new divisions.

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EarthLink/AOL launch trials on Cox system in Ark.

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

EarthLink Inc. and America Online Inc. launched high-speed Internet trials on Cox Communications' systems in El Dorado, Ark. The six-month, open-access trials are the first for Cox. Cox picked the Arkansas location because it already had its own ISP, Cox Express, operating there, says Cox Director of Business Development Seth Hogan.

Cisco sees $268M net loss in Q102

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

Cisco Systems' first-quarter net loss plummeted to $268 million — a dramatic drop from its $798 million in net income a year ago. The company's revenue fell 32 percent, to $4.4 billion, from $6.5 billion a year ago. The company doesn't, however, plan more layoffs, at least for now, says Cisco Senior VP and CFO Larry Carter in an interview.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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