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TVN taps into children's market

August 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Whoever believes children should be seen and not heard obviously isn't tapping into the multi-billion dollar market. TVN Entertainment sees the revenue potential of this market in the video-on-demand space and has put together a programming package for its VOD affiliates. The company has put together a package that includes 18 hours of Sesame Street programming from Sesame Workshop, 13 episodes...

Microsoft's IPG gets the green light to run on more Motorola set-tops

August 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Microsoft Corp. believes its Microsoft TV IPG can help reduce churn for operators, and the company has been working with Motorola Inc.'s Motorola Broadband Communications Sector to expand its use. The latest: The IPG has received ACADIA validation for use in Motorola's DCT-1000 and DCT-1200 set-top boxes.

The Grim Reaper visits telecoms

August 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

What a way to end the week. Riverstone Networks Inc., ADC, Time Warner Telecom and Netro Corp. have announced staff cut plans. Riverstone cuts deep Riverstone Networks Inc. plans to reduce its staff by roughly 30 percent. The company expects revenue for the second quarter ending Aug. 31 to be between $10 million and $15 million.


DBS to fully disclose SVOD hard drive requirements

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

EchoStar Communications Corp. and DirecTV Inc. will be upfront about how much set-top hard drive space customers will have to give up in order to enjoy forthcoming subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services offered via satellite. That full disclosure is important because DBS architecture isn't capable of offering two-way VOD over a network like cable does, but is reliant on a fixed amount of ...

Financials: TiVo up, Concurrent down

August 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

TiVo Inc.'s stock jumped more than 12 percent following a narrower net loss, while Concurrent Computer Corp.'s dipped after its first-quarter outlook. TiVo gains on Q2 results The second quarter was good to TiVo Inc. The digital-recorder-maker posted a net loss of $3 million, or 6 cents a share, compared to a net loss of $34.

Microtune cheers hearing results as jury trial with Broadcom nears

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

Microtune Inc. on Friday applauded the results of a recent Markman hearing that paved the way for a patent infringement case Microtune has brought against rival Broadcom Corp. concerning silicon tuner technology. In that case, set to go to trial Oct. 7 in Sherman, Texas, Microtune is alleging that Broadcom's BCM 3415 microchip infringed on Microtune's "Highly integrated television tuner on a si...

Cable vet Tinberg dead at age 51

August 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

John Tinberg, a cable veteran with more than 30 years experience, died on Aug. 20. He was 51. Tinberg began his cable career 30 years ago. He worked his way up through the ranks, publishing several papers in journals and helping to develop new designs on equalizer circuitry along the way. Most recently held the position of region engineer for Adelphia in Florida.

Verizon opens the online floodgates in Watertown

August 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Verizon Online is hoping to lure DSL customers in Watertown, N.Y. with a reduced rate offering of $34.95 a month. The $15 discount off Verizon's entry-level DSL service package will be offered to residents that order Verizon's Veriations with DSL service pack. The package includes high-speed Internet access, long-distance calling, regional-toll calling and a local package that includes at least...


Wave7 snags funding

August 22, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Fiber-to-the-home start-up Wave7 Optics Inc. has closed $15.5 million in third round financing. Oak Investment Partners led the funding round. As part of the deal, Dave Walrod, general partner of Oak Investment Partners, will join Wave7's board of directors. Other investors in the round include Advanced Technology Ventures, Armada Venture Partners, Mellon Ventures, Morganthaler and Lucent Ventu...


Study: Broadband rates have leveled off

August 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

After 15 months of steady rate hikes, the price of residential broadband access has finally leveled off, one analysis says. Consumer broadband rates climbed less than one percent at the end of the second quarter, according to new research from ARS Inc. In the cable modem sector, monthly subscribers rates rose from $44.

Concurrent, Internet Photonics team on GigE VOD transport

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

Concurrent Computer Corp. and Internet Photonics said they have completed interoperability of their wares to create a 10 Gigabit DWDM transport combination for cable-based video-on-demand services. More specifically, the companies certified Concurrent's MediaHawk video server with Internet Photonic's LightStack MX Gigabit Ethernet transport platform.

B2 turns to Cisco for VoIP

August 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Sweden's Bredbandsbolaget (B2) is looking to compete with traditional PSTN networks and is turning to Cisco Systems Inc. to make it happen. The Ethernet over fiber broadband services provider plans to deliver residential IP telephony services over its Metro Ethernet broadband network using session-initiated protocol (SIP).


Cablevision stock rises with hopes of AOL Time Warner merger

August 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Phyllis Furman | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Daily News (NY) Daily News (NY)…08/22/2002 From LexisNexis AOL Time Warner Inc.'s positioning itself for a Cablevision hook-up. Cablevision's stock surged 23 percent, or $1.83, to $9.65 as investors bet AOL Time Warner's unwinding of its complicated partnership with AT&T in Time Warner Entertainment means it will now ta...

Weak demand drags down Ciena's Q3 results

August 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Waning demand in the telecom sector continued to drag down Ciena Corp.'s quarterly results. The telecom gear maker posted a loss of $160 million, or 42 cents a share, on revenue of $50 million for the third quarter. Over the last year, Ciena has shuttered plants and product lines and reduced its work force.

Thailand, Hong Kong's service to offer quick Internet connections

August 21, 2002 8:00 pm | by Komsan Tortermvasana | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Bangkok Post, Thailand Bangkok Post, Thailand…08/22/2002 From LexisNexis The Communications Authority of Thailand has entered a partnership with SpeedCast Ltd of Hong Kong to provide high-speed Internet connection service via the AsiaSat 3S satellite.


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