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Charter bows Mag Rack

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Charter Communications has inked a multi-year deal to offer Mag Rack programming to its VOD-enabled digital subs, becoming the latest MSO to test the virtues of "free" on-demand content. Charter initially rolled out Mag Rack on Sept. 15 in four markets: St. Louis, Mo.; Fort Worth, Texas; Greenville/Spartanburg, S.

Here comes the portable DVR

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

You've heard of the Pocket PC. Now get ready for the pocket DVR. SonicBlue Inc. and chip giant Intel Corp. are collaborating on the development of a new digital video recorder that people can use on the go. Available in 2003, the pocket-sized device will allow users to view time-shifted programs transferred from their stand-alone ReplayTV box, as well as play video, audio and photos transferred...

U.K. firm tests electric broadband

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A "shocking" development appears to be popping up in parts of Europe these days. Perhaps taking broadband to a more literal "lightning fast" level, Scottish Hydro-Electric is testing a powerline-based broadband service in the towns of Crieff and Campbeltown, charging about 25 pounds sterling per month (about $39 U.


SeaChange taking over where Diva left off

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

SeaChange International Inc. has added two new MSOs to its list of VOD customers, thanks in part to the demise of Diva Systems Corp. In the wake of Diva's bankruptcy earlier this year, SeaChange secured deals with Insight Communications and AT&T Broadband. Insight currently offers VOD in 10 markets, while AT&T Broadband has made it available in parts of two cities–Atlanta and Los ...

CSG snaps up IBM billing technology

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CSG Systems broadened its technology portfolio this summer when it picked up IBM's Integrated Customer Management System (ICMS) for customer care and billing for an undisclosed sum. The ICMS presently serves operators and other companies linked to the cable, mobile and wireline tele-phony sectors. Under terms of the deal, IBM and CSG will collaborate on outsourcing opportunities that require ...

BigBand lands Cox HD deployments

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cox Communications Inc. has tapped BigBand Networks Inc. to support the MSO's rollout of high definition television in several markets later this year. Initially, Cox will use BigBand's Broadband Multimedia Service Router (BMR) in Las Vegas, Nev. and Phoenix, Ariz. Cox said the gear will help the operator reduce costs and better allocate and manage its available bandwidth without expensive sys...

Qwest president in e-mail: "I will take the fall" for deal; House panel is puzzled by the message

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…10/01/2002 From LexisNexis The president of Qwest Communications International Inc. agreed to "take the fall" for a potentially risky deal the company pushed to finalize in June 2000 in order to meet Wall Street expectations, according to documents released Monday by congressional investigators.

Tollgrade Communications to cut 47 jobs

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Steve Massey | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/ Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Pittsburgh Post - Gazette Pittsburgh Post - Gazette…10/01/2002 From LexisNexis Tollgrade Communications Inc., citing further spending cutbacks by telecommunications clients, yesterday said it will eliminate 47 jobs, warned that third-quarter earnings would fall on the lower end of already reduced forecasts and said Chief E...


Companies respond to OCAP RFP

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Less than two months after putting the call out, 14 companies have responded to CableLabs ' OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) request for proposal for implementations. OCAP, which is largely based on Europe's MHP platform, is a specification tied to middleware that eventually will populate OpenCable-based digital set-top boxes and other devices.

Harmonic tumbles on revised outlook

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Wall Street is frowning on Harmonic Inc.'s stock, following a revised third-quarter outlook that will come in below previous expectations. The company expects to post Q3 sales of between $37 million and $39 million, citing a significant slowdown in orders from its domestic cable customers. Its Broadband Access Networks division, which manufacturers fiber optic products for broadband cable netwo...


Juniper bows compact CMTS

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Juniper Networks will tackle the small- to mid-sized MSO sector with a new "pizza box" cable modem termination system (CMTS) dubbed the "G1." The G1 complements Juniper's DOCSIS 1.1-qualified G10 model, a full-chassis, "carrier-class" CMTS. Both models house Juniper's home-grown silicon, the "Broadband Cable Processor.

WorldGate shuffles staff, makes cuts

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

To ensure WorldGate has enough cash to fund itself through at least the next four quarters, the company is making some changes. WorldGate said it is taking steps to get its priorities in line. First, the company will transfer some of its employees to TVGateway LLC, its joint venture with Adelphia Communications Corp.

FreeZone debuts in San Diego

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Ready to see if "free" on-demand will drive and retain digital subscribers, Cox Communications Inc. has launched its advertising-supported video-on-demand service in San Diego. The service bowed on channel 997. Dubbed "FreeZone," the service gives digital subscribers on-demand access to a spate of ad-supported content, including short independent films, action sports vignettes and interviews w...

OpenCable adds HD to the mix

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs has issued a new OpenCable specification designed to funnel high-definition television programming through advanced digital set-tops and other OpenCable-based devices or "hosts." OpenCable is a CableLabs initiative that aims to create the technical pieces necessary to lend "portability" to digital cable set-tops and, consequently, foster a retail market for the equipment.

UPC looks to Arris for tiering, VoIP

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pushing ahead with an advanced cable service plan that includes tiered data and a transition to IP telephony, UnitedGlobalCom has awarded Arris a three-year purchase agreement that covers "all elements" of HFC systems and multiple deployments. More specifically, the deal includes Arris' DOCSIS 1.1- and EuroDOCSIS 1.


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