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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Hughes offering stake and spin

March 8, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Hughes Electronics ' Chairman Michael Smith is offering a stake and spin in the satellite company. WSJ.com reports Smith is opposed to News Corp. 's bid to acquire control of Hughes, so Smith has taken the bold move of approaching potential investors with the idea of taking a large stake in the company and then spinning it off.

RapidAccess means channel management

March 8, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Insight Communications is installing Vela 's RapidAccess video server to better manage programming for three of its cable channels. RapidAccess will be installed on a dedicated fiber network, connecting a record-only workstation five miles from the playback unit located at the master control facility.

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Coax's new technology

March 8, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Coax Corp. has developed a new technology that boosts streaming media suppliers' capability to deliver IP content to TV. Coax unveiled its integrated IP-MPEG media bridge as part of its development of an ultra-dense, programmable digital broadband router. According to Coax, this capability lets cable companies stream IP video to the set-top boxes already deployed.

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Comcast gives Virginia subs a Wink

March 7, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Number-three MSO Comcast is launching its first Wink Interactive TV systems in Virginia. Comcast has more than 35,000 digital cable customers in the Chesterfield and Prince William markets. Those subscribers will be the first to receive Wink Enhanced Broadcasting as a standard feature on the Scientific-AtlantaExplorer set-top box.

You too can play along!

March 7, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Hollywood Showdown, the Game Show Network (GSN) original game show that provides contestants with the chance to win big box office bucks, launches an interactive component beginning March 5, 2001. Developed by Mixed Signals, interactive Hollywood Showdown allows fans with WebTV Plus and Liberate-enabled set-top boxes to play along.

Verecomm releases TestExpert

March 7, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Test automation and management solutions provider Verecomm is releasing its newest product, CableAVS for DOCSIS. CableAVS is a framework that allows developers of broadband communications products and services to automate and optimize verification of cable data products using third-party equipment. The ability to self-test and exercise DOCSIS product functionality within a development environme...

The bird gets a flock

March 7, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Iridium Satellite has inked deals with 13 service providers to offer worldwide distribution when the latest iteration of the commercial service launches next month. The non-exclusive agreements will enable the providers to sell Iridium services to industrial and government markets in remote areas where no other form of communication is available.

When the chips go down

March 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

First, the market goes soft. Next, your stock gets pounded down because the market's soft. Then, the lawsuits hit. That's what the Broadcom executive team woke up to this morning, after they updated their financial outlook for the first quarter of 2001. Blaming widespread economic slowness resulting in order delays, Broadcom President and CEO Henry Nicholas III announced that the company's firs...

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Broadcom chip, Motorola modem pass EuroDOCSIS testing

March 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

On the "good news" front, Broadcom announced that its silicon tuner chip has passed the EuroDOCSIS certification process, a significant milestone that will reduce the component count, cost, and reliability of the tuner function in cable modems. The Broadcom BCM3415 silicon tuner and BCM3350 single-chip cable modem passed EuroDOCSIS certification in a D-Link Corporation external cable modem.

ADC offers Web-based customer care system

March 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

ADC yesterday debuted Singl.eView Web, a new application that creates the first fully integrated Internet-based convergent billing and customer management system that service providers can deploy in approximately 30 days. With its electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP) and self-care capabilities, Singl.

SCTE helps cable MSOs find qualified personnel

March 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

To help communications companies find qualified personnel, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is partnering with The Center for Military and Private Sector Initiatives to connect broadband companies with military-trained technicians. A non-profit corporation, The Center for Military and Private Sector Initiatives was established in 1995 to help military personnel find jobs...

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WildBlue selects ViaSat to build satellite modems

March 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Ka-band satellite service provider WildBlue Communications Inc. has selected ViaSat Inc. to build the company's satellite modems. The initial portion of this contract is valued at approximately $16 million and covers development and production of satellite modems to support initial service launch. WildBlue plans to roll out two-way broadband services via satellite in early 2002.

Time Warner taps Portal Software for open access

March 6, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Time Warner Cable has licensed Portal Software Inc.'s Infranet customer management and billing platform to support multiple ISP choice and usage- and value-based billing of its broadband cable services. With Portal's Infranet, Time Warner Cable can segment a single installation of Infranet into multiple "brands," each supporting its own subscriber management, pricing structure and business rule...

Tyco helping eliminate "spaghetti wires"

March 5, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Tyco Electronics is releasing a new line of cable management products, Amp Netconnect, to help cable installers and network administrators organize and maintain distribution cable and patch cords in rooms wired for telecommunications. According to Tyco, the new product line addresses the need for simple solutions for managing increasingly complex copper and fiber cabling systems.

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WorldGate helping bridge the digital divide

March 5, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

WorldGate has formed a consortium of companies to help bridge the digital divide in the U.S. The companies are creating an educational technology program called WISH TV. WISH TV, an acronym for WorldGate Internet School to Home TV, gives fourth graders in Louisiana, Illinois and Ohio free Web access through cable TV for a year.

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