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nCUBE, Everstream to integrate targeted ad tech

April 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Following in the footsteps of a close on-demand technology rival, nCUBE Corp. on Tuesday inked a deal with Everstream to create an interactive advertising platform for cable and satellite operators. Under the deal, nCUBE will integrate its nABLE On-Demand Management System with Everstream's proprietary advertising software.

Motorola keeps busy at ANGA confab

April 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Motorola Broadband Communications Sector introduced a slew of products this week at the ANGA conference in Germany, including two multimedia terminal adapters, three DVB-based digital boxes, a new operational support system, and licensing program for the company's MediaCipher conditional access platform.

HomePlug 1.0 chipset certified

April 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, an industry group working to specify home networking gear that operates over traditional residential electrical wiring, announced the certification of a chipset from one of its member companies. The latest chipset to be certified under the HomePlug 1.0 specification established last year is from Canadian chipmaker Cogency Semiconductor.


L.A. Overbuilder launches in Pasadena

April 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Cable television customers in Pasadena, Calif. will now have a choice in service providers, with the launch last week of voice/video/data services from overbuilder Altrio Communications into that market. Altrio offers traditional television, video-on-demand, high speed Internet via cable modem, along with local and long distance telephone in its service bundle, now available in the Pasadena and...

DISH bundles more DSL

April 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Digital satellite TV provider EchoStar Communications Corp. and national ISP EarthLink announced a marketing alliance to offer consumers combined Dish Network satellite TV and EarthLink DSL services. Through Dish Network retailers, the two will be offering a competitive bundle to consumers who take the two services, offering monthly credits of up to $10.

Vulcan Machines touts hard-wired Java chip for set-tops

April 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

U.K.-based start-up Vulcan Machines has unveiled the Moon2, a hard-wired processor with Java Virtual Machine (JVM) technology for advanced digital set-tops and mobile phones. Vulcan Machines claims its hardware approach to the JVM provides better performance and costs than software-based JVM applications.

FCC delays EchoStar-Hughes review

April 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Federal regulators have been reviewing the proposed EchoStar-Hughes Electronics merger with a fine-toothed comb, but the FCC is putting on the brakes until further public comment on the deal. In February the companies said they plan to launch a spot-beam satellite to enable the delivery of local channels in all 210 markets the combined company would serve.

Cox's VOD target: 40% of homes passed by year-end

April 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner, Susan Rush | Comments

Following an aggressive foray into cable telephony, Cox Communications Inc. plans to do much of the same with video-on-demand, and leverage the service to obtain and retain digital customers. On Monday, the MSO said it has launched video-on-demand service, which it dubs "Entertainment on Demand," systemwide to all digital subs in San Diego, Calif.


Adelphia swimming with ADC's 'Cuda' CMTS gear

April 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

ADC Telecommunications said it shipped its 100th Cuda 12000 IP Access Switch to Adelphia Communications Corp. Adelphia has deployed the equipment to six of its seven regions, including Los Angeles, Calif. To date, Adelphia has received 100 Cuda 12000 platforms and 1,000 DOCSIS modules, ADC said. The Cuda 12000, which is comprised of cable modem termination system capabilities, was awarded DOCSI...

SCTE to award cash to top recruiters

April 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers said it will try to pump up its rolls with a new recruiter campaign for current members. Running May 1 through May 31, SCTE will award $500 to the top recruiter. Members who recruit 10 new members will win a free, annual membership. Those who reel in 25 new members will earn free registration (a $500 value) to the 2003 Cable-Tec Expo.

PVR-capable Explorer 8000 enters trials

April 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta said the Explorer 8000, an advanced digital set-top box with on-board digital video recording capabilities, debuted in subscriber homes this week as part of MSO trials. So far, Time Warner Cable, which has ordered 100,000 units, is the first formal MSO customer for the 8000, which houses dual tuners, an 80-Gigabyte hard drive and DVR software that syncs up with the box's resi...

Digital set-top sector poised for growth

April 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The digital set-top box market will top $5.3 billion in sales by 2005, one analysis says. In three years' time, the installed base of digital set-top boxes will exceed 53 million, according to the latest research from Multimedia Research Group Inc. ( The research firm found that incremental digital services, such as video-on-demand, subscription VOD, PVRs and advanced electronic ...


Adelphia warns of possible Nasdaq delisting

April 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Adelphia Communications, under scrutiny for failing to report it had guaranteed $2.3 billion in debts, said late Thursday that its stock is subject to delisting for failing to file its 10-K with the Security and Exchange Commission in a timely manner. On Tuesday, the MSO said it would miss an extended deadline to file the document.

Duke University to trial VOD

April 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Video-on-demand distributor CinemaNow Inc. announced a content licensing deal with Cflix Inc., a broadband entertainment network that specifically targets the college market. The deal will bring CinemaNow content to Duke students via a featured "channel" that will offer students select films in CinemaNow's library of titles.

House Energy Committee leaders to propose delaying spectrum auction

April 18, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2002 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network, Inc. The Bulletin's Frontrunner…04/19/2002 From LexisNexis CQ (4/18, Cohn) reports House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders "plan to unveil legislation next week that would deal the powerful broadcasting industry at least a temporary blow." The measure would "postpone indefinitely a proposed June 19 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) au...


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