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

Motorola synchronizes transmission play

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a deal expected to bolster Motorola Broadband's fiber optic transmission portfolio for voice, video and data services, Motorola Inc. has closed its stock-for-stock acquisition of San Jose, Calif.-based Synchronous Inc. Synchronous, now part of Motorola Broadband's Transmission Network Systems (TNS) unit, will help Motorola fill some technical gaps, particularly in the area of 1550 nm d...

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Astound picks WorldGate to push iTV

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Overbuilder Astound Broadband (a.k.a. Seren Innovations) inked a deal with WorldGate to offer interactive television services to customers by the first quarter of this year. The new service, dubbed "Astound iTV," will enable customers to surf the Web, access local content and send and receive e-mail via their televisions.

Three sign controversial PHILA license

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Potentially accelerating the market for retail set-tops, three box manufacturers have signed CableLabs' controversial POD-Host Interface License Agreement (PHILA), a key copyright protection element for set-tops based on the OpenCable specification.In a document filed with the Federal Communications Commission, CableLabs said Pace Micro Technology plc signed the agreement on Dec.

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G-Cluster ports games to the set-top

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

G-Cluster, a start-up backed by Finnish and U.K. investors, believes it has the answer to help cable operators push PC and console gaming titles to their customers. G-Cluster markets a game system that transfers the games to thin-client digital set-tops via a proprietary headend set-up comprised of strings, or clusters, of PCs.

Arris closes Cadant deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Arris Group said it has acquired cable modem termination system start-up Cadant Inc., closing a deal first announced at last November's Western Cable Show. The deal combines the only two CMTS vendors so far to obtain DOCSIS 1.1-qualified status from CableLabs. Arris' 1.1-qualified Cornerstone CMTS 1500 is a "pizza box" CMTS, and Cadant's C4 is a "carrier-class" CMTS chassis.

Cox gets a jump on service and support

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Advancing its customer service and support initiatives for new services, Cox Communications said it will deploy the Broadband Resolution Suite, a system jointly developed by Support.com and Broadjump Inc. The suite is designed to give cable customers "point-and-click" self-service capabilities starting from the time of service installation through the customer's lifecycle.

SCTE retools job bank

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has teamed with BroadbandCareers.Com to create an enhanced online job bank targeted to engineers, managers, technicians and installers. Replacing SCTE's former job bank, the new service enables job seekers to post resumes and receive notice of relevant job postings.

MSOs forge IP backbone for a post-@Home world

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Preparing for the inevitable shuttering of Excite@Home Corp. at the end of this month, the high-speeder's affiliates began tapping outside parties to create their own national IP backbones. Cox Communications, for one, said it is deploying Cisco Systems Internet routers and switches to create a backbone capable of handling traffic for its 779,000 cable modem customers.

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Cablevision launches broadband portal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. has relaunched OptOnline.net, a broadband portal designed to showcase content designed for high-speed, cable modem connections. Targeted to Cablevision's Optimum Online cable modem customers, the portal features news, music and video clips from the MSO's media properties as well as its outside content partners, including News 12, MSG Networks, American Movie Clas...

Trio to create Linux testing lab

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Three broadband vendors plan to launch Triarc Content Labs to independently develop, test and integrate Linux-based content and applications on Motorola Broadband's DCT-5000 line of set-tops. The trio aims to speed time-to-market of new and interactive services using a Linux environment. The lab–brainchild of Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector, Metrowerks and Lineo–is ...

MTV to make PCs that rock

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

MTV: Music Television has partnered with OEM computer manufacturer Lan Plus to introduce a new line of PCs and PC-based gear designed for the "entertainment savvy" MTV demographic. Planned for a Spring 2002 release, MTV's PCs will come equipped with components to allow consumers to watch TV, play DVD movies, listen to and burn CDs, tune in to their home stereos and browse the Internet.

TiVo adds streaming component via RealNetworks deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Adding further proof that digital video recorders aren't just about "video" anymore, TiVo Inc. said its digital video recorder customers will be able to download, personalize, manage and play music, streaming video and other content following a deal with RealNetworks Inc. Under terms of the multi-year agreement, TiVo will incorporate RealNetworks' RealOne Player and RealOne Music platform...

CacheVision bows DVR set-top modules

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Expanding its digital video recorder technology portfolio, CacheVision Inc. has introduced a new line of DVR modules tagged for integration with consumer electronics appliances and set-top boxes. The CacheVision CVM-3000, which can record up to 120 hours of audio and video, is a "plug-and-play" module for everything from televisions, DVD players and cable and satellite receivers, the comp...

The six-day network switch

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Leslie Ellis, Technology Analyst | Comments

Maybe it was the adrenaline rush of being essential during a very real crisis. Maybe it was the thrill of proving to Excite@Home and the world– but especially to Excite@Home– that cable operators aren't as dumb as fireplugs after all. Maybe it was both.Whichever. Regardless, hundreds of AT&T employees decided to be the hands that caught the broadband data subscribers dumpe...

S-A starts shipping DVB set-tops to U.K.

January 30, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Twenty-five thousand cable modems went last year, but Scientific-Atlanta just shipped the first of 200,000 Explorer 4000DVB set-top boxes to Telewest in the United Kingdom. Telewest, thus far S-A's only customers for the box, ordered the set-tops in June, and purchase orders for the first part of the shipment came in in December, says S-A spokeswoman Nicole Hockin.

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