Scientific-Atlanta (S-A) announced it has licensed preference engine and intelligent storage management software developed by Metabyte Networks Inc. that, once ported, is expected to enable its Explorer digital interactive set-tops to recommend programming each subscriber wants to watch. S-A plans to embed Metabyte's MbTV software into its Explorer 8000 set-tops.
PowerTV, Scientific-Atlanta (S-A) and Videotron Communications announced a system-wide commercial deployment of e-mail over hybrid fiber/coax broadband interactive television. Videotron is offering PowerTV's SofaMAIL e-mail service via S-A's Explorer set-tops and digital network to all 1.6 million of its customers in Montreal and the Canadian province of Quebec.
Insight Communications and DIVA have announced an agreement which further extends DIVA's VOD solution to Insight's remaining systems in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a result, DIVA will now be placed in front of a potential 930,000 Insight basic customers, including those already able to receive the product.
CableLabs has released for comment the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP), or middleware software, specification. This collection of specifications establishes a road map for companies from around the world to create applications for interactive services that operate over the broadband cable network.
Previous cost-cutting moves notwithstanding, 3Com Corp. just cut 170 jobs in its consumer broadband-modem operations. The network equipment manufacturer will save $18 million in the cuts, most of which are in its Rolling Meadows, Ill., plant. The cuts are the latest in 3Com's $250 million cost-reduction plan.
LSI Logic Corp. agreed to merge with C-Cube Microsystems Inc. in an $878 million stock-for-stock exchange. Under the agreement, each outstanding share of C-Cube common stock will be exchanged for 0.79 of a share of LSI Logic common stock. The merger, expected to be completed by the end of June, combines the companies' complementary technologies for high-growth cable, satellite, terrestrial and ...
It's epidemic. Unisphere Networks Inc. put off its IPO, citing market conditions. The manufacturer of communications products for service providers, and a division of Siemens AG in Germany, follows a rash of other IPO postponements as the markets fluctuate. In 2001, Wall Street has seen 19 companies issue IPOs, down from 58 for the same period in 1999 and 112 in 2000, the Boston Herald reports.
Proxim Inc., which took a hit in stock prices last week when Intel switched its standards preference from HomeRF to Wi-Fi or 802.11b, can add an aborted merger to the fallout. Proxim, a manufacturer of networking equipment, was to purchase Netopia Inc., a maker of broadband Internet equipment. The merger was valued at $223 million in January, but both companies saw stock values fall since then,...
ITV supplier PowerTV Inc. just got the license to provide its digital set-top software platform to 6 million cable TV set-top boxes in North America, or more than 50 percent of the subscribers in the 100 largest systems, the company says. The PowerTV Operating System, presently being deployed by Scientific-Atlanta in more than 140 cable systems, the company reports, includes a solution for the ...
Artesian Direct picked Pace Micro Technology to provide the DSL4000 digital home gateway boxes for Artesian's Convenient Accessible Print Solution. The product will combine Pace's digital home gateway technology and the H-P print media, letting consumers print TV or PC content through the DSL4000 to the H-P printer, Artesian reports.
• Malone has more than eye on Europe Now it's a European empire. Cable magnate John C. Malone's cable connections are taking him into the overseas market in what observers call a potential European repeat of his American cable performance. Malone is becoming a majority shareholder in United Global Communications, whose European operation, United Pan-Europe Communications, represents about...
A desperate Lucent Technologies may move from postponing to canceling the $6.5 billion IPO of its spinoff, Agere Systems Inc., its vice chair says. The waffling comes after Lucent cut the offering's share price and upped the number of shares. Agere, which manufactures semiconductors and fiber optic components, will take on $2.
Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola Inc. will eliminate 4,000 more positions across its Commercial, Government and Industrial Solutions Sector; the Global Telecommunications Solutions Sector; and the Broadband Communications Sector. Last week, Motorola had announced 7,000 layoffs in its cellphone and pager divisions, and has announced 22,000 cut positions from its 147,000-worker force since December.
Under a nonbinding agreement, Royal Philips Electronics and Sun Microsystems will develop streaming multimedia for emerging broadband media, VOD and mobile wireless markets. The deal allows the duo to combine technical resources on a turnkey reference solution for broadband media, based on MPEG-4 technology.
Get with the program, a Starz Encore Group LLC senior VP tells the cable industry. On a "Premium Goes Digital" panel at the CTAM Digital and Pay-Per-View Conference in New Orleans, Senior VP for Marketing and Business Development Mike Hale said cable must change its mindset to win the digital war or risk being left behind.