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C III to pick up Broadwing's broadband assets

February 24, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Closely held C III Communications agreed to snap up the broadband assets of Broadwing Inc. for $129 million in cash. Under terms of the deal, the unit will continue to operate as Broadwing Communications Services Inc. and C III will retain the unit's current base of employees. C III's investors include telecom equipment provider Corvis Corp.

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N2 Broadband bows 'plug-and-play' VOD platform

February 24, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

N2 Broadband has unveiled what it calls the first "open" system for cable-based video-on-demand, claiming the solution can support digital systems and video streaming servers from multiple vendors. N2 Broadband said the system, dubbed "OpenStream," uses published interface specifications that tie together every point along a cable-based on-demand system, including the content itself, down to th...

Survey: Digital cable outrunning DBS, but challenges still loom

February 24, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The number of U.S. digital cable subs will surpass the 20 million mark in the first quarter of the year, marking the first time that figure will exceed the number of domestic DBS subscribers, according to Leichtman Research Group Inc. data. That doesn't mean, though, that cable suddenly finds itself on digital easy street.

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Microtune-Broadcom spat set for March 10 trial

February 23, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Microtune Inc. 's patent lawsuit against rival Broadcom Corp. will finally make it to the trial stage on March 10. Microtune said Federal Judge Paul Brown denied Broadcom's summary judgment motions in the case. Jury selection is slated to begin March 3 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

Mediacom revenues rise in Q4

February 23, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Mediacom Communications Corp. said fourth quarter revenues jumped 12.5 percent to $239 million, while operating cash flow grew 10.4 percent to $99.3 million. For the full year, Mediacom revenues rose 10.7 percent to $923 million. Mediacom said those numbers have put the MSO on a path to achieve positive free cash flow (operating cash flow minus total interest expense and capital expenditures) b...

Comcast founder Aaron dead at 77

February 23, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Daniel Aaron, one of the founders of Comcast Corp., died last Thursday of Parkinson's disease, The Associated Press reported. Aaron was 77. In 1963 Aaron, Ralph Roberts and Julian Brodsky founded American Cable Systems, which began with a single cable system in Tupelo, Miss., AP continued. It changed its name to Comcast in 1969 and has become the nation's largest cable TV company.

DreamWorks, Digeo promote movies via iTV

February 23, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Following a trial conducted in 2002, set-top software firm Digeo Inc. has struck a deal with DreamWorks to promote 10 upcoming releases via the Digeo Basic iTV service. Charter Communications presently offers the Digeo Basic iTV service to about 650,000 digital subscribers under the "i-Channels" moniker.

Cox expands HDTV footprint

February 23, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cox Communications Inc. late last week launched high definition television services in two more markets: Oklahoma City, Okla. and Cleveland, Ohio. Their addition lifts Cox's HD market total to seven. Other Cox-run HDTV markets include Omaha, Neb.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; San Diego, Calif.; and Northern Virginia.

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What's good for bells may be good for cable, analysts predict

February 23, 2003 7:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2003 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily...02/24/2003 Cable analysts said FCC's decision to free Bells from unbundling rules for new high-speed networks (CD Feb 21 p1) appeared to presage same kind of freedom for cable operators building out their cable modem services. "It would be horribly inconsistent to deregulate one and regulate the other," said Stephen Effros, consultan...

Irdeto patent 'traces' digital piracy

February 20, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Aiming to thwart digital Internet theft, Irdeto Access has patented a new technology designed to allow content owners to trace the source of pirated material. In addition to content owners, the technology, which is a component of Irdeto's overall security management platform, also targets network operators.

Cequel III to buy Shaw's Texas systems

February 20, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Jerry Kent and Cequel III LLC stayed on the acquisition warpath Friday, inking a deal to buy Shaw Communications Inc. 's Texas-based cable systems for $85 million. Earlier this month, Cequel III agreed to invest in and assume the management of Classic Communications, an MSO with about 325,000 cable subs in 10 states: Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico a...

Best Buy hawking S-A HD boxes in Phoenix

February 20, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta Inc. said it started selling HD-capable digital cable set-tops in the Phoenix area this week via a deal with CE retail giant Best Buy. The retail arrangement also includes participation from Cox Communications, the area's incumbent cable operator. Best Buy will sell the box, which shares the same functionality as S-A's Explorer 3100 HD set-top, in all of its Phoenix-area stores.

FCC chief Powell undercut by ruling; telecom compromise offers a mixed bag

February 20, 2003 7:00 pm | by D.C. Denison | Comments

Copyright 2003 Globe Newspaper Company The Boston Globe...02/21/2003 In a setback to FCC chairman Michael Powell, the agency issued a compromise ruling yesterday that does not deregulate the telecom industry as broadly as he wanted and sends key competition issues to state regulators. For consumers in Massachusetts, the ruling could lead to greater choice of local residential phone service comp...

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AOL decides to pull back on TV venture

February 20, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2003 The Houston Chronicle Publishing Company The Houston Chronicle...02/20/2003 New York — After a dismal consumer response, America Online has stopped selling its interactive television product, AOLTV. AOL will continue to support customers who use the product, which allows users to surf the online service and send e-mail from their televisions, spokeswoman Anne Bentley said.

Nasdaq delists Com21; OpenTV could follow

February 20, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Com21 Inc. has received notice that its common stock will be delisted from the Nasdaq Small Cap Market effective Friday. The company, which makes cable modems, cable modem termination systems and other broadband access gear, said it anticipates that its common shares will be eligible for quotation on the Over The Counter Bulletin Board under the same "CMTO" symbol.

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