Falling prey to market and financial pressures that have hit scores of broadband and technology start-ups, Incanta Inc. is down to a skeleton crew while the broadband content company attempts to raise more cash to stay afloat. Atlanta, Ga.-based Incanta is now down to six staffers, down from about 37 last week, a company spokesman said.
Expanding its telecommunications billing footprint, Denver-based CSG Systems International has closed its deal to acquire the billing and customer care assets of Lucent Technologies for roughly $260 million. Lucent originally obtained those assets, including software products and consulting services, via its purchase of Kenan Systems Corp.
Shifting its focus beyond off-the-shelf gaming titles for the PlayStation2, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said it will take advantage of the console's high-speed capabilities with a new broadband, multiplayer service. Set to launch this month in Japan, the PS2 broadband service will require users to have a DSL or cable modem connection and buy or rent a special "Broadband Navigator" ad...
Aiming to boost cable's upstream capacity, Com21 Inc. said it has become the first vendor to feature Broadcom Corp.'s Propane accelerator software for DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS systems. For starters, Com21 will use Propane in its recently unveiled DOXcontroller XB system, including the Dox-controller cable modem termination system.
Intertainer has launched Demand E.S.P., a patent-pending platform designed to help broadband operators and content owners manage, program, distribute and track on-demand content. Intertainer's VOD content tool is comprised of seven modules: asset management and production, programming and scheduling, distribution management, usage reporting, royalty management, IP VOD services and profess...
VT Media Technologies has launched a new Linux-based set-top, the VT100, claiming the unit price on the box will be less than $150 in "OEM quantities." Code-named "The Edge," VT Media's box leverages a Linux-based operating system to enable multiple data streams, including Ethernet 10/100, to be converted to composite analog RF data streams or S-Video data streams.
In a move that could pit Philips in the highly competitive middleware market, Philips Softworks has teamed with silicon vendor STMicroelectronics to develop "solutions" for applying Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) technology in set-top boxes and digital televisions. Under the agreement, both companies will develop and market "pre-integrated" versions of the Philips MHP 1.
Rising like a Phoenix from the ashes, Ricochet Networks has launched a technical trial of its high-speed, wireless Internet access network in Denver. Aerie Networks acquired Ricochet Networks from bankrupt Metricom Inc. for $8.25 million.Ricochet said the Denver test is the first step toward re-deploying the service and its patented MicroCellular Data Network.
Despite a splashy coming-out party at January's Consumer Electronics Show, apparently not all sailing is smooth at Moxi Digital Inc. For starters, Steve Perlman, former co-founder of WebTV, stepped down as Moxi's CEO to become vice chairman and "devote more time for creative projects at Rearden Steel Studios," the company said.
Digital home entertainment start-up Ucentric Systems said it has completed its initial phase of service operator trials, and is preparing a third-generation of its software platform for cable deployments in the second half of this year. Though Ucentric's focus is on software for set-top boxes and media servers, the company has supplied prototype hardware to trial participants, including C...
No longer is the television the only domain of digital video recording technology and functionality. Fremont, Calif.-based InterVideo is adding DVR functions to PCs via WinDVR, a software bundle that allows users to pause, rewind and fast-forward video they are watching on PCs equipped with TV tuners.
Fiber-to-the-home and business equipment vendor Wave7 Optics said it raised $23 million in a second round of funding led by Advanced Technology. New investors included Mellon Ventures and Armada Ventures. Founding investors Morgenthaler and Lucent Ventures partners also participated in the round.
Broadband subscribers are more apt to be up-sold for "core" services during a broadband qualification or installation, revealed a new study from Mindwave Research and BroadJump Inc. The study, which polled 1,046 randomly selected and qualified residential broadband subscribers, found that consumers have a large attraction to "core" services.
Ushering in its own open access strategy, Comcast Corp. inked a non-exclusive deal with United Online Inc. to offer multiple ISPs in the MSO's cable modem markets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement gives United Online, owner of NetZero and Juno, the ability to offer broadband ISPs services for the first time.
Wink Communications said it will develop and offer interactive television games via an affiliation deal with Two Way TV Inc. Wink added that it will distribute the games through existing partnerships with TV operators. The initial Wink-Two Way offering will include "virtual game channels" comprised of simple trivia, casino, arcade and word games.