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Philips and OpenTV announce support for Nexperia

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Philips Semiconductors, a division of Philips Electronics, will port OpenTV's interactive television (iTV) middleware to the Philips Semiconductors' Nexperia Home Entertainment Engine line. The integration of OpenTV's iTV middleware solution with the Nexperia Home Entertainment Engine platform is expected to empower service providers to deliver interactive TV applications on both today's set-to...

Prime time for interactive TV

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadcasters, content providers and software vendors are preparing for a revolution in the way consumers watch television. The developing interactive TV (ITV) array of services, which were being used by 14.9 million households at the end of 2000, will experience an explosive annual growth rate of 59 percent, totaling more than 244 million households worldwide by 2006.

Motorola to qualify Microtune amplifier chips with modems

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola plans to qualify Microtune's RF silicon amplifier chips with its line of cable modems and digital set-top terminals. The contract will enable operators to provide customers with advanced video, voice and data services. Microtune will provide Motorola with its MicroStreamer MT 1530 Upstream Amplifier, which Motorola plans to integrate into its line of SURFboard cable modems and its DCT ...

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IPCablecom specs released

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute recently released specifications defining an advanced IP architecture for cable systems called IPCablecom, an evolution of CableLabs' PacketCable initiative. The IPCablecom specs define an end-to-end system for the delivery of communications services, including IP telephony to the homes of ...

Panasonic and Jetstream partner to deliver a broadband telephone

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Panasonic and Jetstream Communications are partnering to deliver a Broadband Telephone for integrated consumer communications services. Pooling of technical and marketing resources will result in a new class of product with ease of use, installation, and integrated voice and data services functionality.

Pace signs one of the largest orders for IPTV with Myrio

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pace Micro Technology Americas has signed one of the industry's largest orders for IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) with Myrio Corp. Under the terms of this agreement, Myrio has agreed to purchase 85,000 home gateways. The initial order will be for 10,000 DSL4000s over the next 12 months. The remaining volume will be delivered during the subsequent 18 months and will include Pace's next- generation...

CableLabs debuts CableB2B royalty-free IPR pool creation

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs recently announced that 20 companies have joined a royalty-free pool for intellectual property rights (IPR) in CableLabs' CableB2B program. The CableB2B program is an initiative to create specs to support the automation of regular, day-to-day business communication between cable system operators and Internet content providers.

AlphaStar International is providing satellite broadband access

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

AlphaStar International is providing satellite broadband access directly to commercial and institutional users as part of its SkyCrossing Direct service. It provides access directly from satellites to dishes mounted at the user's premises. SkyCrossing provides "Broadband Backbone in The Sky" based on the technology of Bandwidth-on-Demand.

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CableLabs concludes 18th certification wave

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs has concluded the 18th Certification Wave of DOCSIS equipment. A total of 17 cable modems received CableLabs' Certification in this wave. The equipment certified is part of the DOCSIS 1.0 specification. Three new companies including Hitron, Infinite and US Robotics joined the large list of DOCSIS cable modem equipment suppliers with certified products.

West Virginia changing the way the state communicates

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Governor's Office of Technology (GOT) recently announced a cutting-edge initiative that will change the way West Virginians communicate electronically. The state is supporting the creation of a next-generation network. This proposed network lays the foundation for Governor Bob Wise's e-government initiative.

Optical Solutions and Motorola develop home entertainment solution

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Network service providers with fiber-to-the-home networks can now offer customers an advanced set-top system for enjoying a wide range of consumer broadband multimedia services such as digital-quality broadcast TV, high-speed Web access, 2-D and 3-D games, video and music-on-demand and online shopping.

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DSL industry unites for CVoDSL specs

June 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

If Voice-over-DSL hopes to make a dent in the market and win consumers over, interoperability issues must be overcome and standards could be the answer. A group of DSL companies are banding together to promote Channelized VoDSL. CVoDSL chipsets reserve a dedicated channel of DSL bandwidth to enable up to eight simultaneous voice calls over a single phone line.

Agere to cut 4,000 more jobs, takes $900 M charge

June 28, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A scant three months after it went public, and only two months after it announced 2,000 job cuts, Agere Systems says it will cut another 4,000 jobs, shut down or sell facilities, and take a $900 million charge this year — $725 million in this quarter. It also revised its guidance for the third quarter.

360Networks files Chapter 11, loses 7 on board

June 28, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A day after it cut nearly half its workforce, 360networks filed for protection from creditors in Canada and the United States. It also is taking "appropriate action" to protect its assets in other jurisdictions, including initiating solvency proceedings for some of its European subsidiaries, it says.

Liberate losses widen, revenue up for Q4/FY2001

June 28, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Liberate Technologies' net losses for the quarter more than doubled over last year, but its revenue nearly doubled, as well. The company reports net losses of $79.5 million, or 76 cents a share, for its fourth quarter ended May 31 — higher than the $37.0 million, or 41 cents a share, a year ago.

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