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Draft bill in Congress paves way for TV's digital era

September 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Carolyn Lochhead | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Chronicle Publishing Co. The San Francisco Chronicle…09/26/2002 From LexisNexis Congress took its first tentative step Wednesday toward mandating that all television sets by 2006 include technology to foil piracy of digitized movies and television shows. Draft legislation explored at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing would make all current television sets an...

Shaw selects Liberate's platform

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Canadian communications company Shaw Communications has been working to put the finishing touches on its video-on-demand service set to launch in Calgary. The latest: Shaw will use Liberate Technologies ' set-top software to power the VOD deployment. Shaw selected the Liberate TV Platform Compact software because it enables the company deploy its VOD service over its existing Motorola DCT-2000 ...

Thomson buys control of Canal+ Technologies

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Thomson Multimedia went shopping for some technology to add to its portfolio and has come home with Canal+ Technologies. As part of the all-cash deal, Thomson will acquire Canal+ Group's 89 percent stake in the middleware and conditional access provider for $186 million in cash. Prior to the deal, Thomson owned a 3.

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RCN gives cable modem subs a dial-up option

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

RCN Corp. is tapping into the notion of portability by offering a dial-up companion service to its high-speed Internet access customers. For an additional $9.95 a month, RCN and Starpower cable modem customers will have local access to the Net in 42 states when they are away from home. The dial-up service offers more than 750 access numbers nationwide and remote access to RCN e-mail via RCN Web...

Must Fly TV: NBC programming jet sets live

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Travelers getting ready to jet-set off on vacation on a JetBlue Airways flight no longer have to worry about setting their VCRs to tape their favorite NBC shows. NBC's "Must See TV" line up will be available to travelers in real-time. JetBlue, NBC and DirecTV Inc. have extended their existing partnership to include programming from WNBC and Telemundo, the Spanish-language network, in the DirecT...

Sports network embraces HDTV

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

ESPN is throwing its arms around high-definition television with ESPN HD, a new service slated to launch in April 2003. "ESPN is making a significant commitment to spur the growth of high-definition television," said George Bodenheimer, ESPN's president, in a press release. "Sports will be a key driver of HDTV, and it is only fitting that ESPN plays a leadership role in…advancing the adop...

Justice may stop satellite TV merger

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Paul Davidson | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…09/25/2002 From LexisNexis Justice Department staff is recommending the agency block a proposed merger of the USA's two main satellite TV providers, EchoStar Communications Corp. and DirecTV, people familiar with the matter say. The merger would reduce the number of pay TV companies to two from three in most markets served by cable and satell...

Sonera turns to Cisco for broadband access

September 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Finnish telecom service provider Sonera plans to power its Ethernet-based broadband service in Helsinki with Cisco Systems ' equipment. With Cisco's help, Sonera will deliver high-speed Internet access via 10/100 Ethernet ports, enabling each user to have a reserved capacity of 256 kbps. For Cisco's part, the gear maker will supply its Catalyst 2950 switches and metropolitan optical fiber.

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iN Demand eyes 5 million subscribers

September 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Video-on-demand provider iN Demand is delivering its content to more than 2.5 million VOD subscribers, and the company expects that number to balloon to 5 million by the end of the year. Video-on-demand is poised to become a significant source of revenue for the cable industry and the movie studios, according to iN Demand's President and CEO Steve Brenner.

Cox names Thomson as a direct supplier

September 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cox Communications Inc. has named Thomson Multimedia as an "inventoried" vendor of DOCSIS 1.1 certified cable modems. Specifically, Thomson will directly supply its RCA DCM245 high-speed digital cable modems to Cox's networks. The companies have been working together for some time, but this announcement solidifies their partnership.

Charter invites Iserv on its network

September 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. is giving some Michigan residents some choice for broadband: Charter Pipeline or Iserv Co.'s service. Beginning in the fourth quarter, Iserv will offer its high-speed cable modem Internet access service over Charter's network to Michigan residents in the cities of Grand Haven and Spring Lake.

Intertainer sues entertainment heavyweights

September 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

It could be a case of David taking on Goliath, but Intertainer has filed a suit against Sony, AOL Time Warner Inc. and Vivendi Universal alleging that the entertainment powerhouses have conspired to jack up licensing fees for on-demand content. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claims the defendants have tried to control the on-demand market by m...

Speakeasy: Hey gamers want a free PS2 or Xbox?

September 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

What's sounds sweeter to a gamer's ears than a free game console? Speakeasy is hoping the answer is a resounding "nothing." The national broadband service provider is attempting to lure video game enthusiasts to its "Gamer Package" by dangling a free PlayStation 2 or Xbox in front of them. The promotion, which runs through Sept.

More engaging online content urged

September 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jube Shiver, Jr. | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…09/24/2002 From LexisNexis A White House panel studying ways to boost demand for high-speed Internet access is expected next week to encourage Hollywood and others to offer more online content. The report also will recommend that more workers use high-speed lines to telecommute from home.

USURF America snaps up ISP

September 23, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Fixed wireless broadband product developer USURF America Inc. has signed a letter of intent to acquire High Plains Internet. Earlier this month, USURF signed HPI up as its channel partner, but decided to acquire the Colorado Springs-based ISP after realizing that the company's infrastructure complemented its plans to roll out its Quick-Cell Wi-Fi based operations.

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