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Comcast sees Q4 loss, but subs jump

February 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Subscriptions in all sectors rose in the fourth quarter, and Comcast Corp.'s revenue reached $9.7 billion for the year, but the cableco showed a $321 million, or 34 cents a share, net loss in its fourth quarter. On the sub side, the cableco added 213,800 digital cable subscriptions in its fourth quarter, for a weekly average of more than 16,400 net additions.

TWC taps nCUBE for ad insertion

February 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The announcement's a bit late, but AOL's Time Warner Cable in November started inserting commercials in its Milwaukee headends, using nCUBE's digital program insertion technology. The announcement is nCUBE's second this month on its DPI system. nCUBE isn't releasing financial terms of the deal, spokesman Mike Krilich says.

Smaller MSOs detail $500 M efforts in FCC briefing

February 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Amid so much talk of taking broadband to rural areas, a handful of medium and small cablecos want the policy-making sector to know: Been there, done that, invested the millions. At a briefing for U.S. Federal Communications Commission staff and commissioners, arranged by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CEOs of seven MSOs detailed the nearly $500 million they've invested...


Microsoft releases iTV kit for program members

February 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Microsoft and a Portugese video and broadband company teamed on an iTV development kit. The two just launched the English version — for Microsoft TV Developer Program members. Sagreskit, developed by the software giant and Novabase iDTV in Portugal, is designed to speed and ease building iTV services for Microsoft TV's advanced version 1.

TiVo files infringement lawsuit against SONICblue

February 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Maybe it was getting too quiet on the lawsuit front. TiVo says it filed its first infringement lawsuit ever, against SONICblue Jan. 23 in San Jose. The lawsuit alleges SONICblue infringed on the Multimedia Time Warping patent TiVo received in May. TiVO's patent lets users store TV programs while simultaneously watching or reviewing another one.

Enterasys sifts Asia deal, SEC starts Aprisma probe

February 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

That spin off didn't go off completely without a hitch, it appears. Cabletron spinoff Enterasys Systems took a double hit Thursday when in-house questions turned up a questionable contract coming out of its Asia Pacific region, followed promptly by an "apparently unrelated" notice that it was under investigation by the U.

Com21 system to push bandwidth xtreme

February 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Com21 Inc. is hoping its DOXcontroller XB will push it into the Xtreme bandwidth market. The system is still under development, and will include a DOXcontroller 1000 headend and a newly expanded version of the company's network management and provisioning system, formerly only available with Com21's ComUNITY Access System, it says.

Motorola/Nortel team on VoIP; Allegro raises $60 M in Series B

February 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Sector teamed with Nortel Networks on an integrated VoIP system intended to help simplify deployment of VoIP equipment, the two say. The nonexclusive deal combines Motorola's IP cable access network experience and Nortel's work in deploying voice and data networks.


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...


OpenTV finally reaches HITS deal

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

In what was one of the worst kept secrets in the broadband world, OpenTV Corp. finally secured its interactive hunting license with AT&T's Headend In The Sky. News of the impending deal first surfaced last July when OpenTV officials said they were in discussions with HITS. Under the multi-year deal, OpenTV will provide HITS with its thin-client middleware and a bundle of iTV applicat...


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