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Adelphia introduces video-on-demand

February 4, 2003 7:00 pm | by Patricia Sabatini | Comments

Copyright 2003 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2003 Pittsburgh Post - Gazette Pittsburgh Post - Gazette...02/05/2003 Cable TV operator Adelphia Communications is hoping that people tired of watching movies and other shows on a set schedule will fork over a few extra bucks for the convenience of its new video-on-demand service.

Bogus CNN site under investigation

February 3, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A prankster definitely played a game with CNN Monday, circulating a false Web news page claiming Microsoft Corp. had agreed to buy the video game unit from troubled French media outlet Vivendi-Universal. The fake Web site, made up to look just like a CNN news page complete with ads and CNN links, reportedly was traced to a Web server at Purdue University in Indiana.

E-mail scam targets Comcast cable modem subs

February 3, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a bogus e-mail sent last week that tried to lure Comcast Corp. high-speed cable modem users into giving up their account and password information. The e-mail, made to look like an official Comcast service message, referred a small number of customers to a Web site that asked them to enter their e-mail address and password.


Comcast to unload some systems, take stake in Bresnan

February 3, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Bresnan Broadband Holdings LLC said it will buy non-urban systems serving 317,000 basic subs in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah from Comcast Corp. for roughly $525 million in cash, plus an undisclosed stake in Bresnan. The deal is expected to close by March 31. In addition to Comcast, Bresnan's equity owners include lead investor Providence Equity Partners, and Quadrangle Group, TD Capital ...

Next Level calls Motorola offer 'inadequate'

February 3, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The board of Next Level Communications said it has determined that an unsolicited tender offer by Motorola Inc. for $1.04 per share is "inadequate." Further, Next Level argued that Motorola's overtures are squeezing out Next Level's minority shareholders and undervaluing the company's long-term potential.

Samsung signs PHILA license, plans 'two-way' cable products

February 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The announcement flew a bit under the radar at last month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but Samsung Electronics America Inc. has become the latest consumer electronics company to sign the CableLabs POD-Host Interface License Agreement (PHILA). With PHILA, Samsung said it intends to manufacture and market the first two-way interactive digital cable products.

CableLabs to phase out YAS

February 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

CableLabs officials confirmed last Thursday that the cable R&D house plans to phase out YAS Broadband Ventures as a consultant on several cable access projects by the end of this year. Louisville, Colo.-based CableLabs said that its agreement with YAS all along was to phase out YAS' consultancy role and eventually to elevate CableLabs staff into those positions.

Internet Photonics, MidStream complete VOD interop

February 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Internet Photonics said it completed successful interoperability testing and integration of its 10 Gbps DWDM transport platform with MidStream Technologies' flagship video server. The companies said they verified the interoperability between MidStreams' IP2000 server, which delivers up to 1.8 Gbps of VOD traffic, and Internet Photonics' LightStack MX, a device that multiplexes/demultiplexes as ...


Broadcom expands board, wins DSL deal

February 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Chipmaker Broadcom Corp. late last week appointed wireless technology veteran John E. Major to its board of directors. Major is the former chairman and CEO of San Diego-based Novatel Wireless Inc., maker of wireless data solutions for personal digital assistants and laptops. He now runs his own company, The Technologies Solutions Group.

Salesman cut out by contracting out

February 2, 2003 7:00 pm | by Ann Perry | Comments

Copyright 2003 Toronto Star Newspapers, Ltd. Toronto Star...02/03/2003 When Mahesh Singh immigrated to Canada last May, he landed a job almost immediately selling Rogers cable and high-speed Internet service door-to-door. He quit after a month when the Rogers Cable Inc. subcontractor who had hired him paid him only $ 100 of the almost $ 1,800 in commission he claims he is owed.

Motive, BroadJump reach broadband milestone

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

On the heels of a merger inked last November, Motive Communications Inc. and BroadJump Inc. said their combined products are being used to support more than 10 million subscriber deployments of residential broadband service and "e-support." When broken down, that figure includes five million cable and three million DSL activations.

Microtune tunes into DOCSIS 2.0

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Microtune Inc. has become the latest component maker to jump on the DOCSIS 2.0 bandwagon with the introduction of the MicroStreamer MT1560. The 3.3-volt MT1560 is designed to support the more symmetrical bandwidth capacity fostered by DOCSIS 2.0, while reducing noise and interference in the return path.

Verso picks over Clarent assets

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Softswitch start-up Clarent Corp. said it expects to file for voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11 and, as part of a pre-packaged deal, will sell "substantially all" of its assets to Atlanta-based Verso Technologies Inc. for roughly $9.8 million. "Given the current state of the telecom industry, litigation and other obligations facing Clarent, the board of directors has determined a sale ...

Oregon jumps on the VOD trail

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The former AT&T Broadband systems represent the largest chunk of video-on-demand "land-grab" systems still out there, but at least one of those recently went off the boards. AT&T Broadband's systems in Tigard and Lake Oswego, Ore., which serve a combined 25,000 cable customers and are now operated under the Comcast umbrella, launched VOD late last year.

Motorola, Pioneer to team on POD-based hi-def TVs

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola Broadband and Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. said they will begin testing compatibility procedures between Motorola's MediaCipher conditional access (CA) and Pioneer's plasma flat screen high-definition TVs. The agreement comes on the heels of a pact forged in late 2002 by cable MSOs and consumer electronics companies that aims to create "plug-and-play digital TVs.


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