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

N2/DIVA team on VOD; Two Way/digeo got i-game

January 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

N2 Broadband integrated its MediaPath content distribution products with DIVA's VOD server platform and content management system. N2's MediaPath transmits digital video content to DIVA's servers, while DIVA's content management system provides the VOD server space management, multiple content provider service management, and national and regional programming support, the two say.

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USA Broadband phases in newest buy, looks for more

January 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

USA Broadband Inc., says it's absorbing recently acquired Cable Concepts Inc., named interim management of both companies, and appointed new board members. USA, formerly Optika Investment Co. Inc., is a holding company with an eye on acquiring its way into providing digital TV, entertainment, data, Internet and broadband services.

MSTV revamps iTV program, taps two set-top vendors

January 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Microsoft TV upgraded its TV Developer Program and worked deals with two set-top vendors as a program benefit, it says. The program pulls together companies with iTV products and services that run on its Microsoft TV platform. Microsoft says OctalTV SA will supply its 5005 advanced set-top to certain members, and Pace Micro Technology will provide its Di 6000, starting next month.

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Eagle buys SelectPath; Cox uses Sorrento gear in network

January 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Eagle Broadband acquired the San Antonio unit of SelectPath, a retail and wholesale wireless messaging company in a cash transaction. The company's 4,000 customers provide a net cash flow of more than $200,000, Eagle Broadband says. EB supplies broadband wired and wireless products and services. … Cox Communications Inc.

U.S. RealTel to buy provider Cypress for $17 M

January 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Hoping to tackle the multitenant office building market, U.S. RealTel says it will acquire in-building provider Cypress Communications Inc. for about $17.24 million. The deal should close Feb. 28. Under the deal, U.S. RealTel, which owns telecom rights worldwide, would offer $3.50 per share for all outstanding Cypress shares.

Forrester: Deadend devices didn't consider consumer

January 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

So why did that digital device deployment get off to such a lackluster start? According to one study: It's probably your fault. The digital industry deploys like demons, but doesn't consider customer needs. "Both camps (PC and consumer electronics companies) often spend millions of dollars on concepts like Internet appliances that exploit the technology but miss the mark among their core consum...

Moxi's MC takes two at TechTV's Best of CES

January 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cable TV network and alliteration advocate TechTV says its "TechTV-appointed panel of product evaluators" picked the Best of CES winners. From the 2002 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, judges weighed new products in 12 categories, plus an overall best of show entry. Nominations were evaluated according to innovative appeal, usability, usefulness and affordability, and debut...

SCTE seeks women-in-tech nominees; grants ET awards

January 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

No grass growing here. Sponsors of the 2002 Women in Technology Award want nominations. The news comes on the heels of last year's award, presented at November's Western Show to Cox Communications Director of Operations Engineering Sabrina Calhoun. The award, sponsored by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, Women in Cable & Telecommunications and Communications Technology mag...

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Pilot program tackles digital TV apathy

January 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Go ahead and build it, but they won't come if they don't know how it works, or care. A spate of studies has indicated consumer confusion and lack of understanding of the digital world is holding back broadband development. Enter the National Association of Broadcasters and the Consumer Electronics Association, who will launch a digital TV education and awareness program in three pilot cities th...

AM Broadband opens new office; CSG deals in Puerto Rico

January 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AM Communications is opening an engineering services office near Denver, as part of its subsidiary AM Broadband Services Inc. The new location will offer network engineering and design services, design data collection and documentation and other services to the broadband, power and transportation industries, it says.

CTAM ushers in new officers, board members

January 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Talk about brightening up the requisite dull board meeting: Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing's new board lineup includes a VP from Comedy Central. The cable marketing association just announced its officers and new board members for the year. CTAM appointed Time Warner Cable Senior VP of new product development Kevin Leddy as chair; vice chair is Len Fogge, executive VP ...

Core teams with Joneses; MFN leases fiber to RealNetworks

January 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Core Networks and Jones Cyber Solutions will jointly market an integrated broadband subscriber and network management product to providers. The duo combined the CoreOS Broadband Provisioning and Management System with Jones' Intelligent Customer Support System. The result is in use by Telstra Clear in New Zealand.

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IHA/CompTIA to certify home Internet installers

January 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Move over A+ and Cisco certifications — the Internet Home Alliance is teaming with certification-and-standards entity CompTIA on an individual certification program for residential systems integrators. The program will launch in late summer of 2003. IHA Executive Director Mary Hill says IHA developed the idea after listening to members and hearing concerns about bringing "these kinds of I...

TiVo touts DVR's 60-hour storage, taps three vendors

January 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TiVo launched its Series2 digital video recorder and cut three deals to provide some of the new product's entertainment services. The DVR has upped its recording capacity to up to 60 hours and allows such entertainment services as digital music and photos, broadband VOD, and video party games, TiVo says.

AOLTW posts up to $60 B charge, buys back AOL Europe

January 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Leading its field again, AOL Time Warner says it will post a $40 billion to $60 billion one-time charge in its first quarter, reportedly one of the largest recorded. The company also unveiled its guidance for 2001 and 2002, and says it will buy back Bertelsmann AG's 49 percent interest in AOL Europe for $6.

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