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Nortel lands $19.8 million order

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by CP | Comments

Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star…09/04/2002 From LexisNexis Nortel Networks has won a $19.8 million ($31 million Canadian) contract to supply fiber-optic systems for a telecom network in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The deal with Chunghwa Telecom will expand the island country's fixed-line telecom broadband services, Nortel said.


Kanakaris Wireless goes shopping for funds

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Kanakaris Wireless has signed a letter-of-intent for financing of as much as $3 million. Of the $3 million in potential financing from New York-based investment funds, the company expects to close on $600,000 of the investment in the near future, although no specific timetable was revealed. Once secured, the funds will be used to support the company's content distribution and video distribution...

Gemstar loses a round in Atlanta

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

When it rains it pours, and for Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. it looks like a flood may be on the way. The interactive programming guide developer has lost another court battle. On Friday, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ruled that Scientific-Atlanta Inc., Pioneer North America Inc.


TWC signs up more ISP partners

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Three more regional ISPs have signed up to offer their competing broadband service over Time Warner Cable systems in select markets. Athenet has launched its ACES high-speed cable access service in Green Bay, Wis. The service is available to the 150,000 customers in this TWC division. Later this month, Athenet will make its service available to the 418,000 customers in Milwaukee.

EarthLink seeks deals to use cable firms' lines

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Bloomberg News | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…09/04/2002 From LexisNexis EarthLink Inc., the third-largest US Web access service, is negotiating with Cablevision Systems Corp., Adelphia Communications Corp. and other cable TV companies to sell Internet service over their lines. Chief Executive Garry Betty said he hopes to announce agreements by year-end.

Maxtor's not the only hard drive supplier for S-A's Explorer 8000

September 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Maxtor Corp. hyped itself Wednesday, announcing that Scientific-Atlanta Inc. has selected its 80 gigabyte QuickView hard drives for the Explorer 8000, an advanced cable set-top that sports on-board digital video recording capabilities. What the hard drive maker failed to mention is that Maxtor is one of three approved suppliers for the Explorer 8000, which has won deployment with Time Warner Ca...

Stake on Liberty plate

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Ed Meza | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…09/03/2002 From LexisNexis BERLIN — U.S. cable group Liberty Media Corp. is reportedly offering rival Callahan Assn. e1.5 billion ($1.47 billion) for its majority stake in bankrupt Callahan NRW, the regional cable company in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Microsoft, PacketVideo climb into bed

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Rivals Microsoft Corp. and PacketVideo are calling a truce to further the deployment of rich audio and video content to next-generation wireless phones and devices. Although financial terms of the companies' new deal were not disclosed, PacketVideo will use Microsoft's digital media delivery format, dubbed Windows Media 9 Series, in its PacketVideo pv3 Mobilemedia System.


UltraLink debuts in three new cities

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Thanks to AT&T Broadband 's UltraLink service, residential broadband subscribers in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Richmond, Va. will now have the option to access the Net at a faster rate. The tiered broadband service ups the speed ante, offering users the ability to download at speeds up to 3 megabits per second, and upload at speeds up to 384 kilobits per second.

Conexant integrates Wi-Fi

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Wi-Fi silicon maker Intersil announced a deal with Conexant Systems Inc. to incorporate Intersil's PRISM Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless local area network technology in Conexant's next-generation DSL, cable and home networking chip sets. The integration, which will negate the need to purchase and install a Wi-Fi network interface card, will enable file sharing, voice over IP, video and digital media ...

WorldGate launches Go!TV Games Network

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

WorldGate is jumping into the interactive gaming sector with the introduction of its Go!TV Games Network. The interactive network enables gamers in the same house or different households to go head-to-head using WorldGate's ultra-thin client architecture. Players also can participate in online chats.

EarthLink expands deal with computer retailer

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

EarthLink has inked a deal to peddle its high-speed cable modem service in Micro Center stores in select Time Warner Cable markets. Micro Center has agreed to sell EarthLink's cable modem service offered over Time Warner Cable systems in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Tustin, Calif.; Houston; Long Island, N.

iN Demand inks news, kid deals

September 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by John Dempsey | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…09/03/2002 From LexisNexis NEW YORK —iN Demand, the dominant distributor of pay-per-view movies and events in the U.S., continues to build up its inventory of video-on-demand programs, signing a deal for VOD rights with Fox News and Sesame Workshop.

SeaChange launches VOD tour

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In an effort to help the cable industry spread the good word about on-demand services to consumers, SeaChange International Inc. has kicked off its "VOD Experience Tour." Headlining the tour is SeaChange's "All-Television Vehicle, a 41-foot rig equipped with the necessary gear to show off VOD in all its glory.

WSNet to help rural ops market digital

August 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cable sells services, not technology–or at least, that's the message WSNet is trying to deliver to rural cable operators with a new marketing tool crafted to lure digital cable subscribers and keep them away from DBS. WSNet, which helps small- and medium-sized operators deliver affordable digital programming, will launch in the fourth quarter a consumer marketing campaign, touting "That'...


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