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Four Break the DOCSIS 1.1 Barrier

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Widening the door for advanced cable-based services and applications such as packetized voice, two cable modem manufacturers and two cable modem termination system vendors on Sept. 27 became the first to pass CableLabs' test for the DOCSIS 1.1 specification. Following a revamped effort for automated testing routines and an "ongoing" wave of DOCSIS 1.

Time Warner Extends CSG Contract

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Time Warner Cable's Columbus, Ohio division said it extended an existing billing and customer care agreement with CSG Systems Inc. for a period of three years. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the new deal, CSG will continue to provide customer service and support to about 308,000 cable subscribers in the greater Columbus area.

WOW secures cable franchise transfers

October 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

WideOpenWest finished the 115 cable TV franchise transfers it needed for its pending purchase of Ameritech New Media's cable systems in certain metro areas. The transfers — for systems in the Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit metro areas — are part of a previously announced acquisition deal.

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Comcast weighs in on Q3, Outdoor Life and cable theft

October 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Comcast Corp.'s subscriber numbers showed fairly steady growth in the third quarter, but the cableco recorded a $106.8 million net loss on service revenue of $1.5 billion. Comcast also acquired the Outdoor Life Network and sold its interest in Speedvision for an undisclosed amount. The company cable unit's quarterly net subscriber additions reached 12,300, compared with a negative 9,800 in seco...

Tomen taps Convergys' WIZARD

October 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Convergys Corp. will supply its WIZARD subscriber management and billing system to iTV services from Tomen Mediacom, brand name Mediatti, of Japan. Under the seven-year deal, Convergys will supply the system and will work with Nihon Unisys Ltd. on system integration and localization. Mediatti will use the system in a Convergys service bureau environment to support its digital cable launch.

Two cablecos trial Ucentric's multiTV PVR

October 29, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Comcast Corp. and Rogers Cable are working on trials of Ucentric Systems' network-based personal video recorder technology. Comcast is conducting technical trials and Rogers will phase the PVR technology into an in-progress iTV trial, a spokeswoman says. Ucentric's PVR works on its home-networking software platform, and lets consumers hook up PVR capabilities on all the home's TVs via one piece...

NCTA calls for Cable 2002 technical paper summaries

October 29, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

NCTA is calling for summaries of proposed technical papers for Cable 2002 and for its 43rd volume of the conference series. The summaries, due Dec. 10, will be judged by NCTA's Engineering Committee members. Favored topics include advancements in digital and optical broadband technology, with "special interest" in broadband server architecture, national-scale distributed computer networking, tr...

Terayon contracts with two Canadian cablecos

October 29, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Terayon Communication Systems Inc. landed contracts with two Canadian cable operators for its DOCSIS 1.0-certified cable data system. Financial terms were undisclosed. Brooks Bay Cable of Port Alice, and Sunshine Communications of Grand Forks, both in British Columbia, began deployments of Terayon's BE 2000 and DOCSIS cable modems in September, says Terayon spokesman John Giddings.

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Cable industry wary as GM/EchoStar agree on Hughes

October 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

With a few choice words for General Motors' sale of Hughes Electronics, News Corp. walked out of talks Saturday and withdrew its offer for the unit. GM then agreed Sunday to sell Hughes to EchoStar for about $25 billion in stock and cash. A key claim is that the combined company will provide a "meaningful competitor" to cable TV companies, GM says in a statement.

Another cable news roundup

October 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Cable - Houston will continue to use customer care and billing services from CSG Systems Inc., CSG says. Under a renewed contract, TWC will use the care-and-billing engine and will deploy CSG Care Express, a Web-based tool that lets users view and manage accounts sans a customer service rep.

EarthLink debuts on TWC systems in Central Florida

October 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EarthLink Inc. launched on another Time Warner Cable system — this time, in central Florida. The two companies said at their Columbus, Ohio, debut in mid-September that plans included at least 20 more launches by the end of the year. As of Oct. 25, when EarthLink launched on TWC systems in Northeast Ohio, the company had gained access to 6.

Comcast rolls out HDTV in Northeast

October 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications is rolling out HDTV services to 1.3 million digital cable customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Starting Nov. 1, the service will carry HDTV broadcasts from ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO and Showtime. Comcast says it will make set-top HDTV tuners available to customers without built-in versions, while those with HDTV-ready sets can rent or buy a set-top box simil...

More deals and other cable doings

October 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EarthLink Inc. appointed Dr. Robert M. "Bob" Metcalfe and Marce Fuller to its board. Metcalfe is a venture partner with Polaris Venture Partners and Fuller is CEO of Mirant. … ARRIS landed $12 million in orders for its DWDM products from United Pan-Europe Communications. The project, in the Netherlands, requires the construction of fully redundant DWDM systems of up to 160 km in length, s...

More 360networks units file for protection in Canada

October 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Four more operating subsidiaries of 360networks filed in Canada for protection from creditors, the company says. The companies — 360atlantic inc. in Canada, 360atlantic inc. and 360atlantic sales inc. in the United states, and threesixty atlantic inc. in Barbados — filed for protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

CommScope seeks to revise Furukawa joint venture

October 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CommScope is in talks to restructure its joint venture agreement with Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd. of Japan. The two had planned two joint ventures connected with Furukawa's and Corning Inc.'s $2.75 billion acquisition of Lucent Technologies' Optical Fiber Solutions unit. But CommScope's third quarter results compelled new talks.

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