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

Terayon cherry picks HITS

October 22, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Terayon 's new CherryPicker National Control digital video management system will be used with AT&T Broadband's HITS (Headend in the Sky) digital programming service. CherryPicker National Control is exclusively for cable systems that receive HITS content. HITS provides cable operators with pre-packaged digital programming via satellite.

Agilent's new invention

October 22, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Agilent is the first kid on the block to create a system for testing optical switching and routing functions in networks and network equipment. The (easy to remember name) E5170A Optical Control Plane Analysis system allows service providers and equipment manufacturers to test the hardware and software that direct traffic carried on optical wavelengths.

Mining for Copper

October 19, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Vanion, CopperCom to bring integrated voice/data to Colorado communities CopperCom and Vanion, a Colorado-based CLEC, have entered into an agreement in which Vanion will deliver integrated voice and data services to business and residential customers in the metro, rural and mountain markets of Colorado.

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Sneak peek at interactive DBS TV

October 19, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

DirecTV, Wink and Thomson preview interactive TV service Demonstrating that mass-market interactive television is closer to becoming a reality, DirecTV, Wink Communications and Thomson multimedia unveiled DirecTV Interactive powered by Wink. The service includes program-related interactive enhancements from several networks and new dedicated interactive TV channels from DirecTV, Barnes&Noble.

Multi-unit provisioning gets Cisco nod

October 19, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cisco acquires CAISsoft high-speed Internet provisioning/management software for $170 million Cisco Systems has agreed to buy CAIS Software from CAIS Internet for $170 million in cash and Cisco stock. CAIS Software offers software applications for companies to manage high-speed Internet services in hotels, apartments, airports and office buildings.

Raising home/building IQs for fun and profit

October 18, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Sun Microsystems, Echelon deal allows service providers to offer "smart" home/building controls via Internet. Soon business owners will be able to log onto the Internet and adjust the thermostat of a building or turn off lights with a new "smart" technology created by Sun Microsystems and Echelon Corp.

Coming to a shack near you…

October 18, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Excite@Home goes retail with modems, self-install kits at RadioShack Excite@Home announced a deal in which customers in its service areas will be able to buy the company's new QuickStart installation kit along with a cable modem at RadioShack stores. The move is designed to accelerate the adoption of cable-broadband service among consumers.

Coming to a shack near you…(2)

October 18, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Excite@Home goes retail with modems, self-install kits at RadioShack Excite@Home announced a deal in which customers in its service areas will be able to buy the company's new QuickStart installation kit along with a cable modem at RadioShack stores. The move is designed to accelerate the adoption of cable-broadband service among consumers.

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All for one, and one for Arris

October 17, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Antec, Nortel join broadband cable forces to form new company. Nortel Networks Corp. and ANTEC will realign their cable TV organization and create a new company that will acquire Nortel's ownership interest in Arris Interactive. The new company will be renamed Arris Inc., and will focus on the broadband local access market.

New alliance says 1-home is a great idea whose time has come

October 17, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Manufacturers, retailers join forces to promote acceptance/standards for Internet-enabled homes. Promoting the potentially lucrative home networking market, a group of major retailers and manufacturers is launching a campaign to boost consumer acceptance of Internet-enabled products. 3Com Corp., Best Buy, Cisco Systems, CompUSA, General Motors Corp.

Two chip shots hit their mark

October 17, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadcom buys switch chip manufacturer, develops terrestrial HDTV chipset. Broadcom Corp. is introducing an end-to-end chipset for receiving and displaying terrestrial high definition television (HDTV). The Broadcom chipset provides TV and set-top box manufacturers with a vestigial side band (VSB) receiver and 2D/3D video graphics subsystem for standard definition television (SDTV) and HDTV dis...

High-flying Internet deal gets done

October 17, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

PanAmSat, Excite@Home form satellite-based Internet service. PanAmSat is buying Internet connections from @Home Corp. to gain access to 2 million customers through @Home's Excite unit. The agreement gives the company that does business as Excite@Home faster connections through PamAmSat's 21 satellites, which bypass Web congestion.

Take this modem and install it!

October 16, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Excite@Home, Comcast offer broadband self-install kits. Excite@Home is introducing a new retail software kit designed to allow customers to install the company's broadband services themselves. Excite@Home said cable partner Comcast should offer the software package, which will sell for $29.95 at Circuit City and CompUSA stores, by the end of October.

Win-win situation for FTTH?

October 16, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

WINfirst, Lucent sign $1 billion deal for fiber-to-the-home network. Lucent Technologies and WINfirst, a Denver broadband service provider, are partnering in a $1 billion deal to build a fiber-to-the-home residential network that will provide unparalleled bandwidth for voice, data and video applications.

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Guiding light for Motorola's electronics

October 16, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola licenses Gemstar-TV Guide technology for interactive TV guides. Gemstar-TV Guide International has settled a patent-infringement suit it had filed against Motorola. Under the settlement, Motorola signed a long-term deal to license Gemstar-TV Guide's interactive-programming-guide technology and to make payments to Gemstar-TV Guide.

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