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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.

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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.

The guiding light for interactive TV?

October 15, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

iSurfTV unveils interactive program guide for cable and satellite TV iSurfTV Corp., a developer of technologies for the interactive TV industry, has introduced "SurfGuide," a new product which allows cable and satellite TV operators to offer customers branded, multi-layered, 3D-enabled interactive program guides (IPG) through their own delivery systems.

Introducing an interactive alliance

October 15, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Liberate, RespondTV team to provide e-commerce on TV system Liberate Technologies and RespondTV are partnering to integrate RespondTV's infrastructure and applications with the Liberate TV platform software for interactive television. This alliance will enable the two companies to provide joint network operator customers with the services and programming that can help them retain and grow their...

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DSL beams aboard

October 15, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

IBEAM, DSLnetworks partner to provide streaming media performance DSLnetworks and iBEAM Broadcasting are partnering to provide DSL connections to iBEAM's customers nationwide. iBEAM customers requiring upstream broadband connectivity can now transfer their content to the iBEAM network using dedicated DSL connections supplied through DSLnetworks.

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Opening interactive TV floodgates?

October 12, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

OpenTV announces new broadband initiative OpenTV (www.opentv.com) is launching its "OpenTV broadband initiative," which is designed to offer U.S. cable, satellite and terrestrial operators complete, scalable and currently deployable digital interactive TV. The initiative combines OpenTV's broadcast interactive TV, currently deployed in more than 10 million homes, with advanced broadband ITV and...

One VoIP ringy dingy

October 12, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola introduces switched IP access system Motorola is introducing Switched IP Access for HFC telephony that enables faster IP telephony over cable deployments for operators that own a Class 5 switch. Having all call routing, billing, customer care and CLASS features hosted on an existing Class 5 switch will allow these services to be available from the start.

Kids in (remote) control

October 12, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

AT&T to distribute kid-friendly Weemote remote controllers in N.E. Children and their parents won't have to fight over the remote control anymore. AT&T Broadband and Fobis Technologies are teaming up to put TV remotes or "Weemotes" in the hands of young TV surfers. Fobis, maker of the Weemotes children's remote control, and AT&T Broadband's Northeast region will be offering free Wee...

Taking the guesswork out of modem testing in the field

October 11, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Sunrise Telecom introduces cable modem analyzer Cable modem installers now have a product that will help them test cable modem installations without the guesswork. The Hukk Engineering Division of Sunrise Telecom is introducing the CM1000 Cable Modem System Analyzer that for the first time allows technicians to test the performance of cable modems.

Plug-and-play patent for high-speed access awarded

October 11, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Nomadix enables high-speed access to any network visited Nomadix, an Internet infrastructure company, was awarded a patent for its broadband Internet plug-and-play functionality, which enables transparent access to high-speed Internet services for any computer. The patent, which is titled "Nomadic translator or router," covers any method that enables a computer or Internet device to obtain acce...

Ramping up interconnect speeds

October 11, 2000 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola, Tundra form alliance for next generation interconnect products Tundra Semiconductor and Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector are partnering to develop high performance interconnect products that increase the efficiency and capacity of Motorola's Smart Networks Platform. The partnership will tap into the communications semiconductor market, which is expected to exceed $50 billion in ...

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