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Stargus, Teradyne aim for Web-based customer care

September 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Stargus Inc. and Teradyne Inc. have inked a technology licensing deal designed to help cable operators forge a Web-based customer care system and, in turn, reduce costs by cutting unneeded truck rolls and shortening the length and volume of customer support call times. Under terms of the deal, Teradyne will license a portion of Stargus' CableEdge data collection and analysis software suite for ...

Canal+ embraces MPEG-4

September 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Canal+ Technologies Inc. is looking to embrace the next-generation MPEG-4 standard for multimedia content, and is partnering with Envivio on future interactive television projects. Canal+ has agreed to work with the developer of MPEG-4 broadcast and streaming solutions to incorporate MPEG-4 functionality within its MediaHighway middleware in the future.

WorldCom cuts overseas

September 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking to ensure its overseas operations continue to be fully funded, WorldCom Inc. has plans to reduce its foreign work force by 2,000. WorldCom EMEA, WorldCom's Europe, Middle East and Africa operations, has devised a new business plan that will emphasize "profitability over revenue growth" and consolidate The company will carry out its plan with minimal new infrastructure investment, while ...

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AOL rocks with broadband

September 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

AOL Music and AOL Broadband are bringing a little music into the lives of high-speed Internet subscribers through an on-demand concert series. "Broadband Rocks" kicked off on Friday, with new footage, including concert video and behind-the-scenes clips, from a 1995 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert.

Cablevision gains on report of possible asset sale

September 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cablevision 's Chairman Charles Dolan told the New York Times that the seventh-largest cable operator may look to sell its cable TV systems. The statement sent Cablevision's stock higher. At one point in morning trading the company's shares were rallying, up more than 7 percent. In the Times interview, Dolan said the company may consider shedding its cable assets in New York, especially if AOL ...

TI's digital media processor targets next-gen video

September 15, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Texas Instruments Inc. has its eyes set on the next-generation video market. The chipmaker has introduced its latest digital media processor, the DM642. The processor targets video over IP, video-on-demand, multi-channel digital video recording applications and high-quality video encoding and decoding solutions, according to TI.

SBC, Yahoo! take the wraps off DSL service

September 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Making good on a promise made late last year, SBC Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. have launched a co-branded broadband Internet access service. The CO-branded DSL access service, which is available to customers in SBC's 13-state local service region, offers a personalized homepage, a customizable browser, e-mail, parental controls and spam filters.

Lucent to bleed red in Q4

September 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

When the fourth quarter end on Sept. 30, Lucent Technologies Inc. expects to post a wider-than-expected loss of 45 cents a share. The news pummeled Lucent's stock, sending its shares down more than 11 percent in early trading. Citing "continuing market softness and ongoing uncertainty in customer spending levels," the telecom gear giant is forecasting revenue will fall as much as 25 percent seq...

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Teligent exits bankruptcy

September 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Fixed-wireless broadband provider Teligent Inc. is free from bankruptcy. The company emerged from its Chapter 11 filing today, free of debt. Teligent has exited the proceedings debt free, fully funded and with all of its fixed wireless assets intact. To erase $1.65 billion in debt, the company swapped its debt for ownership with its creditors.

Shaw lands VOD partner

September 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Canadian communications company Shaw Communications is putting the finishing touches on its video-on-demand service set to launch next month in Calgary. The company has inked a deal with Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution Group to help fill up its VOD library. Although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Alliance Atlantis will supply older titles from its catalog of films...

Got a thirst for concert tickets? Try H2O

September 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Based on the OpenTV H2O interactive TV application, OpenTV has teamed with Ticketmaster to develop a t-commerce service that will turn televisions into virtual ticket agents. The companies have joined forces to enable iTV subscribers to search for and purchase tickets for concerts, sporting events, and other events using their televisions.

AOL does the management shuffle

September 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Following hints that a major housecleaning was in the works, America Online Inc. has reshuffled its executive ranks. The changes are aimed at reversing AOL's flagging dial-up-subscriber growth and dwindling profitability. They may also be an effort to restore confidence in the unit's financial practices in the wake of investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department o...

nCUBE inks apartment VOD deal

September 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Japan's apartment manager Leopalace 21 Corp. plans to deploy nCUBE Corp.'s video-on-demand servers. Financial terms were not disclosed. Leopalace 21 will use nCUBE's platform to deliver on-demand content to 100,000 subscribers in apartment buildings in Japan. On-demand content available to subscribers will include Hollywood movies, local movies and programming and Japanese animation programs.

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BT to trial SDSL

September 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking beyond its ADSL customer base, British Telecommunications plans to launch a symmetrical DSL (SDSL) trial in London next month. In the initial phase of the trial, BT will test the service with up to 20 service providers and telecom operators. The services will be delivered through 20 local exchanges in London.

FCC may cancel $16 billion wireless auction

September 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Yochi Dreazen | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Chronicle Publishing Co. The San Francisco Chronicle…09/12/2002 From LexisNexis In a move with large implications for the battered wireless industry, federal regulators will likely free major carriers of their obligation to pay the $16 billion they bid during a government auction of spectrum licenses, according to people familiar with the matter.

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