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

Comcast, Disney in a snit

October 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

A Comcast and Disney programming dispute could lead to a blackout of ABC for some major U.S. markets, and actually cause subscribers to use rabbit ears if they want to tune in their favorite "Millionaire" show. In retransmission negotiations, Disney, who owns ABC, wants Comcast, the third-largest cable company, to offer ToonDisney and SoapNet in addition to the Disney Channel to basic service s...

WorldCom profits rise, restructuring on the horizon

October 25, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

In addition to meeting the Street's expectations of increased profits, WorldCom plans to reinvent itself as a "data and Internet focused, high-growth business and a voice-based, high cash flow business." WorldCom's plan to evolve into this new entity will focus on its data and Internet operations and try to protect itself from price wars and competition in the long-distance market.

Click and watch

October 24, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast and Time Warner cable companies have teamed up to offer 1.6 million of their subscribers in various markets gist.com's customized program listings. Subs in Boston, south New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Milwaukee will be able to log on to gist.com to get system-specific local TV schedules.

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Football goes global

October 24, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The National Football League, Fantastic Entertainment and GlobalMedia.com have formed an alliance to carry American football around the globe. Subscribers in yet to-be-announced markets will be able to watch NFL teams battle it out on their TVs, PCs or wireless device of any type with an IP connection.

ESPN and Motorola team up

October 23, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Motorola technology will be calling the programming delivery shots for ESPN. Motorola's DigiCipher II Uplink digital compression and access control system will digitally compress ESPN programming for delivery to its affiliates. On the receiving end, ESPN has also chosen to use the DigiCipher II Integrated Receiver/Decoder to decode the signals.

RespondTV a busy bee

October 23, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

RespondTV has lined up deals with both OpenTV and WorldGate to integrate RespondTV's enhanced TV applications into the two companies' interactive television platforms. In the case of WorldGate, RespondTV will give cable subscribers greater interactivity using digital set-top boxes already deployed. Subs will also get RespondTV content, from programmers and advertisers like Bloomberg, HGTV and S...

Assembly required

October 23, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Actiontec and Texas Instruments are supplying consumers with the first USB DSL modem available in retail stores. The Actiontec Home DSL modem, based on TI's DSP technology, is an "easy-to-use," turnkey package for users who want faster Internet access. The kit contains everything users need to install DSL themselves.

Radix jumps into the debate fray

October 23, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Radix Wireless has joined the IEEE, WCA and TIA to get its two cents in about the new broadband wireless industry standards and new regulations. The three different organizations offer varying voices on the wide spectrum of subjects covering the broadband standards debate. This topic is heating up after President Clinton and the FCC announced the need to expand the wireless spectrum available f...

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SOHO has more meaning for Best Buy

October 23, 2000 8:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Run down to Best Buy and pick up the latest Sting CD, a couple DVDs and some new small-office home-office networking gadgets. SOHOware has been chosen by Best Buy to provide home networking products for its customers at more than 400 stores. Included in the SOHOware product line are the Broadband Internet Gateway for secure high- speed wired sharing, the CableFree NetBlaster wireless bridge and...

CableONE subs getting a push

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

CableONE and Universal Electronics have inked a deal to propel CableONE subs into the digital age. Universal Electronics will supply all digital universal remote control devices for CableONE's launch of digital cable in 90 percent of the company's systems. Universal Electronics currently supplies 13 of the top 15 MSOs in the U.

Lucent tries a different approach

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

Seeing its stock spiraling down as well, Lucent, a spin off of AT&T, has booted CEO Richard McGinn and replaced him with interim chairman and CEO Henry Schacht. Lucent has been warning the industry of fourth quarter losses and apparently getting a new head honcho wasn't entirely unexpected. The search is on for a permanent replacement.

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.

S-A enjoying new peaks

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

Scientific-Atlanta has begun shipping its new line of Explorer 2100 and 3100 advanced digital set-tops, designed to move the interactive television age forward. The boxes include a 130-megahertz processor, more cache memory and a next-generation digital decoder. The boxes are also 25 percent smaller that other set-tops on the market.

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.

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.

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