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

Cable burned by bird…

January 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

These satellites in the sky are becoming a real threat to cable. According to a report from Cahners In-Stat Group, digital direct-to-home satellite services are pulling way ahead of digital cable TV providers in the race to get interactive digital television services to market. Michelle Abraham, an In-Stat senior analyst, tells CED why.

Experiment equals experience

January 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Microsoft has created the TV Content Builder Initiative (CBI), a consortium of content developers. Members have access to the tools, templates and training materials Microsoft has developed to push forward interesting content creation for the enhanced digital TV movement. But the company has taken it one step further and has teamed up with Motorola to let the content creators develop, view and ...

TiVo creating own content

January 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Also on the move to create custom content for its product is TiVo. The newly formed TiVo Entertainment Group is comprised of ad sales and media partnership units that work with TiVo's media, advertising and entertainment industry partners to develop content and custom advertising for the TiVo service.

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Cable burned by bird…(2)

January 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

These satellites in the sky are becoming a real threat to cable. According to a report from Cahners In-Stat Group, digital direct-to-home satellite services are pulling way ahead of digital cable TV providers in the race to get interactive digital television services to market. Michelle Abraham, an In-Stat senior analyst, tells CED why.

Aerie project "one of the more interesting"(2)

January 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Aerie Networks, a Denver-based company that is building a broadband technology and business platform designed to host an indefinite number of new networks, has inked a deal with Ericsson. Ericsson, which manufactures fiber optic cable and optical fiber ribbon technologies for long-haul networks, will provide fiber optic cable with the bandwidth capacity to accomplish Aerie's plans.

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Don't worry, they'll make more

January 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Not chips—you'll have to get those yourself. But for all the Americans hungry for interactive entertainment, Scientific-Atlanta is increasing its production of digital set-top boxes. S-A plans to up production of its Explorer digital interactive set-tops to 6 million per year, turning them out at an average rate of 115,000 per week.

Aerie project "one of the more interesting"

January 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Aerie Networks, a Denver-based company that is building a broadband technology and business platform designed to host an indefinite number of new networks, has inked a deal with Ericsson. Ericsson, which manufactures fiber optic cable and optical fiber ribbon technologies for long-haul networks, will provide fiber optic cable with the bandwidth capacity to accomplish Aerie's plans.

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Motorola Marathon tests endurance, not technology

January 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Motorola's 10th annual marathon will take place February 18 in Austin, Texas. Motorola says the race now registers 8,000 runners. "The Motorola Marathon demonstrates the operational excellence that is standard at Motorola and is also a showcase for how our technology and how our customers' products support the work team and individuals on the go," says David Doolittle, corporate vice president ...

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More informative reports available

January 17, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Insight Research has released a report on what rural America wants from the broadband world. While those of us who are city dwelling folk might believe our country cousins are not as sophisticated in their knowledge of what is out there, that is not true. Insight's report, The Rural Telecom Consumer and Broadband Access*, presents the interest in current technologies such as PCs, cable modems, ...

Measuring broadband reach

January 17, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Broadband living is becoming a way of life, but are service providers' rollout plans in line with user demand? The Moving Towards Broadband Ubiquity research study aims to find out. The study, which is being conducted by research firm Cahners In-Stat Group, in conjunction with CED and its sister publication, Broadband Week, will measure broadband deployment and implementation over the coming ye...

For SCTE members, class is in session

January 17, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

SCTE members are getting a new perk. As part of a new agreement between the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and Internet Cable Corporation, a provider of cable infrastructure services, broadband training solutions, and wireless integration services, Internet Cable will provide various broadband training services to the SCTE's members.

Charter tries new tack in Miami

January 17, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Never mind the tropical breezes. Miami Beach, Fla. Charter subscribers will be inside trying out their new i-TV digital services from Wink Communications. According to Charter, which is the fourth largest MSO with more than six million subs, the company is the first in South Florida to offer i-TV in conjunction with Wink.

Rant and Concurrent concur: one is better than two

January 17, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Rant Technology and Concurrent Computer have blended their two technologies and created an end-to-end system solution for content delivery from film and advertising studios to service providers over satellite and terrestrial networks. Concurrent has cobbled its MediaHawk video server with Rant's Digital Asset Management System.

MetaTV blends big-name technologies to create i-TV services for Ford

January 16, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

MetaTV and ad agency-extraordinaire J. Walter Thompson have put their talents together and created a TV-centric interactive platform for Ford Motor Company's website. MetaTV capitalized on the back-end infrastructure of Ford's existing website and transformed its content into enhanced, TV-centric designs for the AT&T Digital Cable Network using the WorldGate headend systems.

Shopaholics rejoice! New service will offer over one million items to peruse

January 16, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

WorldGate subscribers will soon have better online shopping opportunities. Commerce.TV 's data processing network, CoreTVnet, will contribute its t-commerce features to WorldGate subs using advanced digital set-top boxes. The combination of Commerce.TV and WorldGate services is expected to spark subscriber interest even further in online shopping and pump up cable operators' revenue streams.

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