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

Study: High-speed subs ripe for up-sell

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadband subscribers are more apt to be up-sold for "core" services during a broadband qualification or installation, revealed a new study from Mindwave Research and BroadJump Inc. The study, which polled 1,046 randomly selected and qualified residential broadband subscribers, found that consumers have a large attraction to "core" services.

Comcast opens high-speed doors to United Online

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Ushering in its own open access strategy, Comcast Corp. inked a non-exclusive deal with United Online Inc. to offer multiple ISPs in the MSO's cable modem markets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement gives United Online, owner of NetZero and Juno, the ability to offer broadband ISPs services for the first time.

Wink gets game

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wink Communications said it will develop and offer interactive television games via an affiliation deal with Two Way TV Inc. Wink added that it will distribute the games through existing partnerships with TV operators. The initial Wink-Two Way offering will include "virtual game channels" comprised of simple trivia, casino, arcade and word games.

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MSNBC taps Net Insight gear for video back-haul

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Following a trial launched last October, MSNBC has inked a deal with Net Insight's domestic partner, Qmedia, to access capacity on a bi-directional back-haul video network that links the programmer's presence in Washington, D.C. and New York. MSNBC will use the network to feed video of press conferences and briefings from the White House as well as news programs such as "Hardball" and "Da...

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Industry trio produces iTV/VOD/IPG package

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TV Guide Interactive Inc., WorldGate and Concurrent Computer Corp. pooled their respective products and services to construct a combined iTV/VOD package the trio expects to release to cable operators this summer. The services are designed to work on Motorola Inc.'s DCT-2000 set-top box and not use a middleware platform, the trio says.

Global Crossing race not to the SWIFT

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Global Crossing will no longer be exclusive provider of services to SWIFT, a consortium of banks that operates a global financial-transfer system. In February 2001, Global and SWIFT struck a $300 million networking deal under which Global would co-develop and co-manage SWIFT's network operations. Under the new deal, announced today, Global will no longer manage the development and operation of ...

Shaw, Rogers target dial-up users

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In an attempt to convert dial-up users to faster broadband connections and to lure entry-level Internet users, Canadian MSOs Rogers Cable Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. are offering "Internet Lite" services. Shaw has launched the service, and Rogers plans to offer it this month. Slower than traditional cable modem services but much faster than dial-up connections, the new Lite version ...

FCC begins Comcast review

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Pamela McClintock | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…04/01/2002 From LexisNexis The Federal Communications Commission has started the clock running on its review of Comcast's bid to buy up AT&T Broadband, the telco's gargantuan cable unit. Agency commenced its official 180-day review of the $75 million cable deal late Friday, just in time for the Easter holiday.

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Universal Broadband buys Monarch

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Universal Broadband Communications purchased the assets of San Diego-based Monarch Communications, a telecom reseller with service in Colorado, Oregon, California and parts of Mexico. "I can't disclose the financial terms," says CEO Mark Ellis. Assets include the company's 1,200-customer base. Most of Monarch's traffic is in California, with "a lot of traffic to Mexico," Ellis says.

CableLabs serves up metadata in VOD spec

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a move that could play a huge role in forthcoming "everything" on-demand services, CableLabs has completed the first set of specifications related to handling descriptive data–also known as metadata–associated with on-demand video "events." The specification, dubbed V.10, is designed to create a common approach to handling metadata, which can identify VOD movie titles or ev...

On-demand takes center stage at CTAM

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Video-on-demand and subscription-VOD were hot topics at last month's CTAM Digital Conference in Los Angeles, as operators and programmers explained how such services could be marketed to generate revenue and bust digital churn. Comcast Corp. officials, for example, said it will entice consumers with free SVOD trials, as well as other marketing tactics designed to remove barriers of consum...

EarthLink cuts out the wait with cable home network service

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Complementing a similar strategy for its DSL service, EarthLink said it has started to offer a home networking service bundle to its cable modem ISP customers. EarthLink's home networking service and gateway hardware will leverage both wired and wireless links to share high-speed connections and files among several PCs and peripherals on a home network.

Imedia launches chip line; Enterasys delays 10-K

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Terayon's recent Imedia Semiconductor Corp. spinoff launched a line of custom-designed cable modem processors based on DOCSIS 2.0. First product in the line is the IM6030, a chip at the heart of Terayon's TJ 715 cable modem, the company says. The 2.0-based cable modem is DOCSIS 1.1 certified. The chip ties in with the company's new IM96030 reference design that includes production-ready hardwar...

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Cable 2002 to focus on tech's cutting edge

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Next month's National Show will place a heavy focus on cable and other telecommunications technologies. Cable 2002 will feature topics ranging from advanced optical and IP network architecture, traffic/bandwidth management, IP streaming protocols, security and residential gateways. The 43rd volume of NCTA's technical papers will be presented during eight technical sessions.

PCT 'taps' S-A

March 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

PCT International will soon manufacture its own line of taps following a licensing agreement with Scientific-Atlanta. Financial terms were not disclosed. PCT, a cable technology subsidiary of Andes Industries, will employ S-A's patented power-passing technology and the trademarked design of the tap, which is designed to be compatible with the back housings and faceplates manufactured by t...

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