StarBand Communications Inc. is battling EchoStar Communications Corp. over alleged practices that EchoStar billed and collected revenue from its customers illegally. The two-way satellite broadband service provider says it will fight until the issue is resolved, but will be doing so under the protective shroud of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Looking beyond e-mail in the business sector, Big Blue and Inktomi Corp. have partnered to provide web-accelerating, streaming and rich media services to enterprises. IBM Corp.'s Digital Media Group is teaming with the software provider to deliver enterprise content delivery network technology to businesses.
Cox Communications is deploying Com21's DOXport 1110 cable modems across its U.S. Hospitality Network. The DOXport 1110 features DOXdiscovery, an interface tool that enables the cable modem to provide diagnostic information via the local Web browser. Cox's Hospitality Network provides interactive and entertainment services to more than 110,000 hotel rooms.
The Interactive Television Alliance made its grand entrance at last month's National Cable show in New Orleans, but now the race is on to cull support from iTV vendors and network operators. Claiming to be independent, the iTV Alliance's goal is to promote interactive television deployment through consumer awareness campaigns and cross-industry research.
Putting interactive television squarely in its sites, Liberty Media Corp. has formed a new iTV division and has taken control of two leading companies in that sector. Leading the new unit as president and CEO is former Gemstar-TV Guide International executive Peter Boylan. Based in Tulsa, Okla., Liberty Broadband is 90 percent-owned by Liberty Media.
The SCTE is honoring 100 cable systems for their commitment to safety in the workplace. The award is based on a company's OSHA-recordable incident rate. All of the awards were doled out between three of the country's largest MSOs: Charter Communications, Cox Communications and Comcast Cable. For a complete list of the winning systems, visit www.
Next Level Communications has launched a new ADSL video platform designed to help telcos compete with cable operators via a bundle of voice, data and advanced video services such as video-on-demand. Dubbed ADSL "plus," the new platform enables telcos to double the reach of existing VDSL (very high speed digital subscriber line) technology to serve more rural customers, Next Level said.
Tele-Media Corp. of Delaware and Denver-based overbuilder WideOpenWest have inked deals to deploy ChanneLogics' traffic planning and bandwidth management system across their respective high-speed data networks. In addition to HSD, WOW plans to leverage ChannelLogics' CableLogics management suite for advanced on-demand services.
U.K.-based start-up Vulcan Machines has released the Moon2, a hard-wired processor with Java Virtual Machine (JVM) technology for advanced digital set-tops and mobile phones. Vulcan Machines claims its hardware approach to the JVM provides better performance and costs than software-based JVM applications.
If troubled video-on-demand vendor Diva Systems can't pull itself from the financial brink or find a willing suitor, Charter Communications appears to be well-prepared to live life without what used to be its exclusive VOD vendor. In May, Charter added Concurrent Computer Corp. as its second source for VOD servers and software, noting that it will use the vendor's MediaHawk system in "several ...
iSurfTV, an upstart interactive program guide developer, has notched its first trial with Mexico-based MSO Tele Cable de Morelos, S.A. de C.V., whose parent company, United Latin America Inc., is wholly-owned by UnitedGlobalCom Inc. Tele Cable will test iSurfTV's IPG this summer with digital subscribers in Cuernavaca.
Intertainer has launched Film Marketplace, a video-on- demand channel that aims to goose the independent filmmaking marketplace. Intertainer said it will offer the service via its intertainer.tv Web site, and allow filmmakers to submit short- and feature-length films and set their own prices for consumers.
Hoping to bridge the cable IP telephony gap together, Arris and TollBridge Technologies have inked a re-seller deal under which Arris will market TollBridge's TB300 gateway to operators worldwide. Arris will also integrate the product into its CompleteVoice cable telephony system, which is comprised of PacketCable-compliant components such as multimedia terminal adapters and cable modem termin...
Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. shipped 430,000 DOCSIS cable modems in North America during the first quarter of 2002, supplanting Motorola Broadband for the first time as the top mover of the equipment in the region, reported research firm Kinetic Strategies Inc. In addition to a strong first quarter, Toshiba's rise to the top was buoyed by the fact that Motorola Broadband's DOCSIS m...
Cable television customers in Pasadena, Calif. now have a choice in service providers, with the April launch of voice/video/data services from overbuilder Altrio Communications. Altrio offers traditional television, video-on-demand, and high-speed data, along with local and long distance telephone in a service bundle being marketed in Pasadena and the nearby city of Arcadia.