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

Toshiba wireless cable modem gateway hits retail shelves

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

Toshiba America's Network Products Division (NPD) is jumping with both feet into the market for hybrid cable modem/wireless router gateways, and its strategy includes a play for sales in both the cable operator and retail channels. This week, the retail portion of Toshiba's plan kicked off, as its first product hit CompUSA store shelves across the country.

Cox to couple growth with 'disciplined' capital spending in '03

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

Cox Communications Inc. said the bundling of video, voice and data services will again serve as the ingredients for its growth recipe in 2003, a year in which the MSO expects to be cash flow positive. Cox, which detailed its 2003 financial guidance today in New York City, said it expects revenue and operating cash flow each to grow by 14 percent to 15 percent over 2002.

TI aligns with pair of CableHome software developers

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

The stars seem to be aligning in the CableHome world, as residential gateway silicon and software developers are joining forces in advance of what should prove to be a slew of interoperable and network manageable home gateways hitting the market some time next year. DOCSIS chip vendor Texas Instruments announced similar relationships with two leading residential gateway software package develop...

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Comcast expands VOD library in Philly

December 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Taking a page from Rainbow Media Holding's "free-on-demand" MagRack service, Comcast Corp. will offer niche magazine-style programming to video-on-demand customers in the Philadelphia area via an agreement with Primedia Inc. Primedia's shelf of "Video Mags" will launch with 40 hours of programming from Motor Trend, Specialty Cars, Parenting Basics, On The Job, TeenNews, In-Fisherman, Adventure ...

Ascent Media re-ups tech-op deal for NFL Sunday Ticket

December 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The National Football League has renewed its contract with Ascent Media Group to provide technical support for the league's out-of-market subscription package, NFL Sunday Ticket, which is currently offered exclusively to DirecTV Inc. subscribers. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under a five-year deal, Ascent will provide downlink, commercial integration, digital distribution, signal coordin...

NCTA: Fed action on Internet access not required

December 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

National Cable & Telecommunications Association President Robert Sachs, in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, said cable's lobbying arm agreed that consumer access to Internet content is, and should be, unfettered, but that government action to achieve that is unnecessary. The letter was sent in response to the recently formed Coalition of Broadband Users, which has requeste...

CommScope will lay off close to 200

December 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The slowdown in capital spending by the nation's cable operators is being felt across the industry, and cable manufacturer CommScope is feeling the pinch. Today the company announced that it would make a significant reduction in its workforce, beginning next year. Specifically, CommScope will lay off close to 200 hourly and salaried employees, or 6 percent to 7 percent of the company's total wo...

Arris, Net2Phone forge VoIP integration pact

December 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Although the technology required to make IP telephony hum are here already, integrating those piece parts and making them work together is the next big challenge that cable operators will face. Arris and Net2Phone Inc. said they will help to provide that answer via a joint offer that they believe will create a fully managed integrated network capable of providing PacketCable-based IP telephony ...

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EchoStar-DirecTV merger bid ends with whimper … and cash payment

December 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The final curtain fell today on the merger between DBS heavyweights EchoStar Communications and Hughes' DirecTV, with the two agreeing on an official settlement to terminate the deal that includes a cash payment of $600 million by EchoStar to Hughes. Also, as part of the settlement, Hughes will retain its 81 percent ownership in satellite broadcasting company PanAmSat.

'Significant' layoffs loom as Charter moves on major restructuring

December 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Tied to a sweeping effort to streamline operations, eliminate redundancies and cluster its cable divisions, Charter Communications said it will layoff a "significant" portion of its workforce by the end of 2003. Charter, which counts 18,700 employees, said it would determine specifically how many employees would be affected by the end of the year.

EchoStar-DirecTV merger bid ends with whimper … and cash payment(2)

December 9, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The final curtain fell today on the merger between DBS heavyweights EchoStar Communications and Hughes' DirecTV, with the two agreeing on an official settlement to terminate the deal that includes a cash payment of $600 million by EchoStar to Hughes. Also, as part of the settlement, Hughes will retain its 81 percent ownership in satellite broadcasting company PanAmSat.

DirecTV's DSL customers to get remote access

December 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The lines between residential and commercial broadband services continue to blur, and broadband providers are introducing new add-ons to attract the growing number of telecommuter and SOHO broadband customers. In that vein, DirecTV Broadband Inc., which offers the DirecTV DSL brand broadband service across the U.

Mainstream movies over the Internet a slow work in progress

December 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by James Turner | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Christian Science Publishing Society The Christian Science Monitor…12/09/2002 Lexis Nexis Almost from the first days of the Internet, one of the products promised as "just around the corner" has been video-on-demand. That promise has been made for nearly a decade now. And except for a few limited pilot programs, the idea of watching any movie or other video release on y...

Net2Phone, Liberty Cablevision launch Phase II of VoIP trial

December 8, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Net2Phone Inc. and Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico said they have launched phase two of an IP telephony trial, making the advanced service available to as many as 4,000 of the MSO's subscribers. The companies, for the first time on the operator's network, will test the scalability of the VoIP platform and try out an integrated billing system.

Microsoft notches first IPG launches

December 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

After unveiling a new interactive program guide for "thin client" digital boxes at May's National Cable Show, Microsoft Corp. said Friday that it has secured its first launches for the new product. Microsoft said Uvision LLC and Willamette Broadband LLC, which serve a combined 20,000 cable subscribers just south of Portland, Ore.

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