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EchoStar reports revenue Increase, sub adds

November 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

As its proposed merger with DirecTV hangs by a thread, satellite pay TV provider EchoStar Communications showed continued growth in both revenue and number of subscribers in its third quarter results. Total revenue at the company for the latest quarter increased 20 percent from the same period a year ago, reaching approximately $1.

Study: VOD prices are too high

November 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Although several cable operators are rolling out video-on-demand services at a break-neck pace, the price charged for that content remains too high — a practice that could carve into their revenues, according to one analysis. Innovista Research, author of a new VOD study, said the optimal price for recently-released movie-on-demand titles is less than $4.

Comcast picks Alopa for VoIP provisioning

November 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Alopa Networks became the latest vendor to join the mix in Philadelphia, the site of Comcast Corp. 's forthcoming launch of a primary-line IP telephony service. Comcast said it will use Alopa's MetaServ platform for secure provisioning of residential IP voice services. Alopa said it also will provide security components and mediation to other OSS and back office elements that will manage the Co...

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Sony, Philips team on InterTrust purchase

November 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Fidelio Acquisition Company LLC, a company backed by Sony Corp. of America and Royal Philips Electronics, has put up about $453 million to snap up InterTrust Technologies Corp., a leading digital rights management company. InterTrust holds 26 U.S. patents and has about 85 patents pending worldwide. Its portfolio covers software and hardware for a range of products that leverage DRM, including d...

Toshiba the Latest CE TiVo Licensee

November 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Home entertainment and CE gear maker Toshiba America Inc. will license digital video recording (DVR) technology from market leader TiVo, presumably for integration into a series of new devices for the consumer entertainment market. Toshiba will unveil a preview of the TiVo-integrated products at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, and expects to have a full line of D...

N2 Broadband bows new VOD tech services

November 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

On-demand service developer N2 Broadband has unveiled two new services to help cable operators optimize video-on-demand network performance and minimize down time in multi-vendor on-demand environments. These services complement existing offerings from N2 Broadband's Professional Services Group, which supports the deployment and management of VOD and other on-demand services for the cable indus...

S-A snaps up Arris' 'Actives' biz for $37.5 million

November 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta Inc. aid it will buy Arris ' "Actives" portion of its transmission, optical and outside plant business for $37.5 million. Arris' Actives portion of the business includes laser transmitters, optical nodes and RF amplifiers, and generated $44 million in revenue for 2002, as of Sept. 30.

Charter offers FullAudio digital music service

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

While illegal and copyright infringing digital file sharing services continue to proliferate out on the World Wide Web, broadband providers are on a path to provide structured, legal programs for their customers to enjoy digital media through the use of their broadband connections. Charter Communications is providing exactly that, with today's launch of the FullAudio Digital Music Service to ab...

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Motorola is ready to serve with NETsolutions

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

As network operators continue to build out complex broadband networks around the world, Motorola Broadband has created a dedicated consulting division to help operators with network design and deployment issues along the way. The new service-based business unit, dubbed the Motorola NETsolutions Group, was set up to help operators evaluate current network infrastructure, and further recommend an...

Comcast picks Arris CMTS for S.E. Michigan

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications said it has deployed two Cadant C4 cable modem termination systems in southeast Michigan to support the MSO's "next-generation" data deployments there. The C4, built by Arris, is qualified for DOCSIS 1.1, a CableLabs (http://www.cablelabs.com) specification that serves as the underpinnings of the cable industry's PacketCable infrastructure for voice-over-IP and othe...

CTHRA Study: Despite tough environment, cable pay practices unchanged

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Companies in the cable sector have been under increased pressure and scrutiny over the past year, but a new study measuring compensation trends shows that pay practices at the top cable companies haven't drastically changed during that time. The research, which marks the 16th annual compensation study from the Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHRA), examines pay trends...

FCC greenlights MeshNetworks gear

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

MeshNetworks Inc., the architect of a burgeoning "mobile" broadband-enabled Internet, said the Federal Communications Commission has approved its wireless broadband product line, including an access point and wireless router. The milestone will allow MeshNetworks to "offer low-cost, high-performance ad hoc peer-to-peer mobile broadband and 802.

Harmonic expands optical node family

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Harmonic Inc. has expanded its PWRBlazer family of optical nodes with a new model designed to enhance last-mile cable network capacity and availability. The PWRBlazer III, designed for installation and maintenance on a wall or in an enclosure, is tagged for the European cable market, a region that makes extensive use of street cabinets, the company said.

CEA, cable industry to submit interoperability standards

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Consumer Electronics…11/11/2002 LexisNexis Consumer electronic and cable industries are expected to submit proposed DTV interoperability standards to the FCC this week, setting the stage for the introduction of the first sets with POD (point of development) modules by late 2003, industry sources said.

TiVo, Sonicblue quit legal wrangling

November 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Late Friday, digital video recorder makers TiVo and Sonicblue announced that the two were putting their legal differences aside, and dismissing the patent infringement claims each had filed against the other. Specifically, each side will dismiss intellectual property infringement complaints filed in U.

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