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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...

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.

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...

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Analyst: Software problems riddled Cablevision's Sony roll-out

August 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. inked a deal to deploy Scientific-Atlanta Inc. digital set-tops and headend equipment partly because the existing Sony Corp. platform was plagued with software problems, according to one analysis. That conclusion came from Anton Wahlman of Needham & Company Inc., who issued a report on the subject just ahead of Thursday's announcement from Cablevision that it had t...

Gemstar takes it on the chin

August 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The U.S. International Trade Commission dealt Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. another blow yesterday, denying the interactive programming guide developer's request to review an earlier decision. In June, an ITC judge ruled that Gemstar competitors did not engage in unfair trade practices with regards to Gemstar's patented IPGs.

Comcast picks three embedded MTAs for upcoming VoIP deployment

August 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Comcast Corp. will spread the wealth among embedded multimedia terminal adapter (eMTA) vendors for its planned primary Voice-over IP deployment n Philadelphia next year, as the company announced supply agreements with Arris, Motorola Broadband and Terayon Communication Systems. More specifically, Comcast said it will use Arris' Touchstone Telephony Modem, Motorola Broadband's new SURFboard SBV4...

Sonera puts off 3G network launch

August 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

3G deployment has hit another bump in the road. The latest: Sonera Corp. is delaying the commercial launch of its third-generation wireless network until next year. The operator says it still plans to launch 3G services in Finland on Sept. 26, but instead of rolling them out on its new 3G network, the company will use its existing network.

BellSouth lowers 2002 forecast again

August 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Citing an overall weakness in the wireless sector, BellSouth Corp. has cut its full-year 2002 forecast for the second time. The Baby Bell is expecting earnings per share of between $2.06 and $2.13, a 7-cent reduction in an already lowered forecast. In July, the company said it was expecting to earn between $2.

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NCTA: Broadband cable grows in second quarter

August 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cable-based broadband services marched on in the second quarter, with advanced voice, data and video services leading the way, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) said Friday. More specifically, NCTA said the cable industry ended the second quarter with 16.8 million digital cable subs, 9.

Cablevision taps S-A for digital boxes and headends

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision System Corp. has inked a deal to integrate Scientific-Atlanta Inc. digital set-tops and headend equipment to support the MSO's ambitious digital cable service, iO: Interactive Optimum. Financial terms were not disclosed. Cablevision said it will purchase an undisclosed number of S-A digital boxes, including the Explorer 4200, which will become available later this year.

Liberate warns, stock drops

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Liberate Technologies ' shares were shedding 15 percent of their value in morning trading, following news that the interactive TV platform provider has lowered its first quarter outlook. In response to current market conditions and lowered demand in the cable and telecom markets for its software, Liberate expects to fall short of its previous first quarter revenue guidance of between $20 millio...

WorldGate services Astound in Cali

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Residents in Northern California that subscribe to Astound Broadband's digital service will soon be receiving WorldGate Communications Inc.'s interactive services as part of their basic digital package. The WorldGate services will be packaged as Astound iTV and offered to customers in Walnut Creek and Concord, Calif.

Euro-DOCSIS board certifies and qualifies

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Euro-DOCSIS Certification Board has certified its second DOCSIS 1.1 cable modem and has qualified three CMTSs. Arris's Touchtone Telephony voice-enabled cable modem became the second cable modem to receive Euro-DOCSIS 1.1 certification, during the board's latest certification wave. Texas Instruments Inc.

Baseball streams to fans

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

With the strike deadline looming, fans are trying to soak up every bit of baseball out there. Earlier this week, 30,000 fans connected to the first-ever live video stream of a Major League Baseball game. The game, featuring the Texas Rangers vs. the New York Yankees, was streamed in high-definition 300K broadband video at MLB.

U.S. Robotics, SmoothWall team for ADSL security

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Marching forward with its plan of providing customers with a "one-box" solution, U.S. Robotics has teamed with SmoothWall Ltd. to provide firewall protection for its ADSL USB modems. Security software developer SmoothWall's SmoothWall GPL 2.0 software will support U.S. Robotics' SureConnect ADSL USB modem.

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