Thomson Multimedia beefed up its technology portfolio via the purchase of middleware and conditional access provider Canal+ Technologies. Thomson said it will acquire Canal+ Group's 89 percent stake in the technology unit for $186 million in cash. Prior to the deal, Thomson owned a 3.19 percent stake in the company.
Although there's a relative dearth of high-definition programming available, that hasn't stopped Zenith Electronics Corp. from helping HD-ready consumers find what they're looking for. Zenith, through an alliance with Decisionmark Corp., has developed a Web-based electronic program guide (www.zenith.
Pioneer Digital Technologies has launched a third-party application developers program. Dubbed "Compass," the effort will center on the integration of new services for the Pioneer Passport interactive program guide environment and the vendor's series of Voyager-brand digital set-tops. Compass will provide developers with sample code, a developer's kit and other elements that will help them int...
Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…10/31/2002 From LexisNexis NEW YORK — The Justice Department will file a lawsuit today to block EchoStar Communications Corp.'s $21 billion merger deal with Hughes Electronics, the parent of DirecTV, according to people familiar with the department's plans.
Broadband communications trainer NCTI has introduced two courses aimed at high-speed data customer service and support personnel. The courses, dubbed High-Speed Data Customer Service and Advanced High-Speed Data Customer Service, are geared toward tier 1, 2 and 3 technical service and customer support representatives and are designed to provide an understanding of cable modem services and troub...
Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/ Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 San Jose Mercury News San Jose Mercury News…10/31/2002 From LexisNexis The nation's top communications regulator said Wednesday that he favors giving companies more flexibility to use the airwaves in providing telephone, Internet, television and other services.
Philips Semiconductors' CME2010 has become the second cable modem to be awarded Euro-DOCSIS 1.1 certification by the Euro-DOCSIS Certification Board. The board also granted Euro-DOCSIS qualification status to Juniper's G10 cable modem termination systems (CMTS) and Scientific Atlanta's Prisma CMTS. The Euro-DOCSIS board certified its first 1.
Not to be outdone by its rival Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp. plans to launch a broadband network gaming service for its PlayStation2 gaming console next spring in Europe. The online network will appear first in the United Kingdom, with expansion plans slated for Germany, France, Australia throughout 2003.
Time Warner Cable is using N2 Broadband 's network to manage its video-on-demand service in New York City. Although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, N2 Broadband's N2 Network will provide TWC's NYC division with a complete delivery management, back-office and usage reporting system. Specifically, the network will enable the secure distribution of media assets from content provide...
Copyright 2002 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. The Hamilton Spectator…10/30/2002 From LexisNexis Nortel Networks stock plunged 13 percent yesterday as traders sold to take profits after a rally that had seen the battered shares almost triple in price from this month's historic lows. Nortel closed down 25 cents at $1.
A total of 13 US and Canadian broadband service providers are the first to publicly support the "Xbox Compatible" program, an initiative designed to make it easy for gamers to experience the forthcoming multiplayer Xbox Live service. The current list of North American broadband service providers that will support Xbox Compatible include Bell Canada, BellSouth Corp.
Before airline passengers go up, up and away on their next business trip, T-Mobile will be providing passengers on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines high-speed wireless Internet access. Over the next year, T-Mobile plans to add its Wi-Fi HotSpot service to roughly 100 of the airlines' most frequented clubs and lounges.
ADC has declared victory in its patent infringement suit against PCI Technologies. ADC filed suit against PCI Technologies alleging that certain PCI MAXNET modules infringe on U.S. patent No. 6,289,210 B1, which relates to "an improved RF circuit module." ADC makes and sells those modules under the RFWorx brand.
Less than 18 months after coming together to define a standards-based Linux environment for the digital set-top box market, the TV Linux Alliance has released its first specification. The initial specification, version 0.8, provides developers with basic functionality for tuner level and device definitions, and standardized application programming interface functions for those devices, accordin...
Time Warner Cable is rolling out a smattering of video-on-demand services in San Diego with the help of VOD equipment vendor Concurrent Computer Corp. Using Concurrent's MediaHawk 3000 VOD system, TWC's 200,000 customers in San Diego and Coronado, Calif. will have access to movies-on-demand (MOD), subscription VOD, and free-on-demand (FOD).