PowerTV is boosting its iTV software with a partnership with SoftConnex. PowerTV will integrate SoftConnex's USB host stack into its iTV operating system. It will be the first major set-top box operating system to include a full USB host stack. The company is planning for the future when MP3 players, printers, digital cameras and other home networked peripherals will be linked through the set-top.
Ipreview, you preview…if you have TiVo and get HBO, you can take advantage of a new service. Combination/HBO users will soon be able to use TiVo's Ipreview service to get customized access to HBO's Network Showcase programming, and record the programs directly from the promo previews. Subs click on the TiVo remote and the Ipreview service will record the HBO stuff they like.
Altrio, the over builder that CED introduced in October, has filed its application to provide telecommunications services over an open-video system in Pasadena, Calif. Altrio plans to negotiate an agreement with the city to let it compete with Charter Communications for the 58,000 homes on the map. Altrio's goal is to eventually serve approximately 3 million subs in Southern California.
National Technical Systems and Agilent have blended their technologies to provide third-party cable television modem pre-certification and other related testing services. The venture will enable NTS to add Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) pre-certification to its testing portfolio.
Comcast said it has finished a 1,600-mile fiber-optic-cable upgrade in Delaware County, paving the way for 124,000 subscribers there to tap into more television channels and Comcast@Home high-speed Internet access. Comcast launched the upgrade effort in the county in January. The upgrade provides all Comcast customers in the area with at least seven additional channels at no added cost, and it ...
DBS has found a new ally in its must-carry battle. C-SPAN, the government-affairs cable network, is urging a federal court to strike down a law taking effect in 2002 that requires direct-broadcast satellite operators to carry all local TV stations in markets where they carry any. In a court brief filed in Alexandria, Va.
Cox knows finding new customers is more expensive than keeping the ones you have. So the MSO has created a new post expressly for keeping its current customers. Warren Jones has taken the newly created position of director of customer retention and life cycle management. Jones will be closely involved with operations and field services, especially in the area of customer-service operations.
USA Networks wants out of the TV station business. It has agreed to sell 13 of its full power stations to Spanish-language television network parent, Univision Communications. The deal also includes interest in four more stations. USA Networks CEO and cable industry personality Barry Diller said USA decided to sell after the company performed "a realistic assessment of our inability to either g...
Acknowledging the high demand for fiber, Corning expects to boost its fiber manufacturing capacity by 25 percent through 2004, starting with expansion at its North Carolina production facilitiy. The Corning board of directors voted in favor of a plan to invest $450 million in the North Carolina plant.
Good guys in Las Vegas and Orange County, Calif. are helping Cox promote its Digital Cable starter kit. Good Guys is a San Francisco-based consumer electronics retailer. The kit will retail for $29.99 and includes digital cable installation, one month of digital basic service, three digital tiers, multiplex-premium channels, five pay-per-view movie coupons and an instructional video and handbook.
Com21 is having a good week. In addition to being selected as a National Cable Television Cooperative preferred vendor, as CED previously reported, Com21 has also shipped its one-millionth DOXport 1110 modem. "Shipping our flagship product, the DOXport 1110, as our one-millionth modem is an auspicious milestone.
Cox must be in the holiday spirit. Either that or the courts stepped in. The MSO has stopped collecting and paying cable Internet franchise fees in some Western states because of a court decision that could make the MSO legally liable. It all began back in June 2000 when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that cable Internet access was in part a telecom service, and blocked l...
MetroCast Cablevision's multi-million dollar upgrade is near completion and the MSO will be set to launch its digital TV service to subscribers in New Hampshire. TVGateway, an interactive program guide, will be a significant part of the digital offering to MetroCast's 35,000 subscribers. TVGateway is a joint venture between four of the six largest U.
You think Corning, you think cookware on your mother's shelf. You know, the stuff that goes from the fridge, to the oven to the table. Well, that was true, but Corning wants to show us their 21st century image. Corning's primary focus in these highly technical times is making the hair-thin glass strands that snake through the world's telecommunications networks.
All the action seems to be overseas these days. Shanghai Telecom (STC), AT&T and Shanghai Information Investment Inc. (SII), have inked a deal to bring broadband IP value-added services to commercial customers in Pudong New Area, Shanghai. China is experiencing fast growth in the telecom sector, with China NetTV Holdings and China Broadband establishing firm market shares.