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Path 1 expands on-demand product line

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

IP video equipment provider Path 1 Network Technologies Inc. debuted its new Chameleon vidX product line, which is designed to allow cable operators to grow services and adapt to change as they plan for an "everything-on-demand" environment. Four of the top five cable MSOs are currently utilizing Path 1 devices in their IP VOD deployments.

Broadcom, Motorola re-up chip deal

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola Broadband said it has tapped Broadcom Corp. as its "primary supplier" of silicon for Motorola's DOCSIS 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0-based SURFboard cable modems through 2003. The deal extends an earlier agreement between the two companies. Motorola inked a second-source silicon deal for cable modems with Texas Instruments earlier this year.

Pace signs on as Motorola MediaCipher licensee for DVB set-top

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola Inc. Broadband Communications Sector has signed up Pace Micro Technology as its first licensee for the MediaCipher SmartCard conditional access (MCSC) technology. Pace intends to use the technology as an option on its DVB-compliant digital cable home gateways. The Motorola MCSC platform, designed for DVB systems, allows operators to launch a variety of value-added services by supportin...


Study: Global cable modem market rose in Q3

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Worldwide shipments of cable modems totaled more than 3 million units in the third quarter of 2002, a 19.4 percent boost versus the same period last year, Gartner Dataquest reported. Worldwide shipments of the gear totaled 2.5 million units in the third quarter of 2001. "North America continues to see strong demand for cable broadband access services in the third quarter of 2002, and shipments ...

Sony shows off Digeo media center

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Suddenly hot with cable set-top news, Sony Electronics unveiled several new models, including one based on Digeo Inc. 's media center design. Under that scheme, a master set-top shares its resources and applications with smaller (and less expensive) units that are bound via a home network. Sony said that model, the DHG-MC75, will house Sony's new "Passage" conditional access system, and feature...

Ucentric offers incremental path to whole-house PVR

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Ucentric Systems is one of the leading proponents of the concept of whole-house video networking and shared PVR, but one of the roadblocks to their ultimate success has been operator reticence to get to that stage in one fail swoop. In response, the software company has added a modular software solution to their mix, the FlexMedia LAN software platform, which allows operators to deploy PVR-enab...

NCC, Visible World team on targeted ads

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Spot cable rep firm National Cable Communications has teamed with Visible World, a media service provider focused on "addressable advertising" in television, and digital video system provider SeaChange International o test dynamic-customized advertising to interconnected U.S. cable television markets.

DAQTron announces release of DOCSIS 2.0 PHY test automation

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadband test gear maker DAQTron, Inc. has unveiled test scripts for full automation of DOCSIS 2.0 physical layer testing. DOCSIS 2.0, the latest version of the cable data specification, utilizes A-TDMA (Advanced Time Division Multiple Access) and S-CDMA (Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) advanced physical layer technologies to enable as much as three times the maximum upstream throug...


Sunrise intros new test series

December 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The path towards fully-automated bi-directional test equipment is one that Sunrise Telecom Broadband is on, and their new Install Profiler Series of analog and digital instrumentation is indicative of the trend. Sunrise is showing off the new family of meters, which combines analog and digital measurement and cable modem testing capabilities right into the meter.

Motorola debuts network monitoring application

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Motorola Inc. Broadband Communications Sector has introduced its HFC Manager Element Management System, a software application that enables broadband network operators to remotely monitor and configure the network. Its scalable architecture supports from one user and one device to many users and thousands of devices.

InnoMedia shows offs video-enabled MTA

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Much of what will be on display at the CableNET pavilion within BroadbandPlus this year will be all about cable telephony and next-generation packet voice. But the next generation even beyond that will seemingly also be on display as well, as InnoMedia will be showing off a multimedia terminal adapter that also serves as a videophone.

Com-21 expands modem product line

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Com21 Inc. has added two new DOCSIS 2.0 modems to its DOXport line of products — the DOXport 1110XB2 and the DOXport 1112XB2. The DOXport 1110XB2 modem comes equipped with additional features that support the requirements for synchronous-code division multiple access (S-CDMA) and advanced time division multiple access (A-TDMA) upstream modes of DOCSIS 2.

Starz! goes for the Real (Networks) thing

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The rights Starz Encore Group negotiated with its studio partners in 1999 might start to pay some dividends in the spring of 2003 when the premium programmer and RealNetworks Inc. bow a subscription video-on-demand service targeted to consumers with broadband connections. The service, offered through the RealOne subscription platform, will offer the same movie titles that the programmer offers ...

Concurrent, S-A team to test gig-E, video server compatibility

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

VOD systems manufacturer Concurrent Computer Corp. and Scientific-Atlanta are working together to test the interoperability of S-A's Prisma gigabit Ethernet optical transport technology and Concurrent's MediaHawk Video Server. These tests conclude that the optical transport system and iMux IP-to-ASI gateway can successfully operate with the video server, which will help operators lower the cost...


Manticom targets low cost VOD

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Manticom Networks has joined the video-on-demand transport fray with a Gigabit Ethernet-based product designed to push the economic needle below $35 per-provisioned subscriber. Manticom's "Scorpion" product suite implements a distributed, Layer 2, Ethernet switching architecture, delivering backbone capacity that scales from 2.


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