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

Arris bows DOCSIS 2.0-based modem line

November 25, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Arris has become the latest vendor to jump on the DOCSIS 2.0 train with the introduction of a new line of data, IP telephony and home networking products. Arris' Touchstone Cable Modem 400 (CM 400) series is based on the same design as the CM 300 series, but adds support for synchronous-code division multiple access (S-CDMA), an advanced physical layer scheme required by DOCSIS 2.

Digital set-top shipments, revenue dip in 2002

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Thanks to reduced capital expenditures by cable operators, 2002 will mark the first time digital cable set-top shipments and revenue will drop since the boxes were first introduced in 1996, In-Stat/MDR discloses in a new report. Specially, In-Stat (a sister company to CED) forecasts that worldwide digital set-top unit shipments will drop 30 percent this year to just north of 10.

Conexant, Jungo offer CableHome-based powerline networking design

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

With the CableHome specification for home networking gear ramping up at CableLabs, the prospects for a flood of new compliant gear are heating up as well. Chipmaker Conexant and residential gateway software provider Jungo have teamed on a CableHome-based reference design for gear connected over power lines, paving the way for future development of stand-alone gateways based on the HomePlug netw...

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ANSI greenlights DOCSIS

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The American National Standards Institute has approved a first set of standards based on DOCSIS specifications, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers said Monday. DOCSIS, a set of interoperability specifications for cable modems and cable modem termination systems, was originally developed by CableLabs its vendor and cable operator partners.

Broadcom lays off about 500

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Semiconductor giant Broadcom Corp. said it is laying off more than 500 employees as part of a cost reduction plan the company disclosed in October. The reductions put Broadcom's employee base at roughly 2,500. The company said its global workforce numbered 3,067, including contract and temporary personnel, as of Sept.

TWC tabs CSG for Web-based customer care

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In a period of ups and downs for CSG Systems, the billing vendor shared some good news Monday, announcing that the Time Warner Cable National Division will use CSG's Care Express platform to provide Web-based customer care and billing services to high-speed data and video customers through 2008. Under terms of the deal, TWC's National Division, which counts roughly 515,000 subscribers, will use...

McCain agenda targets broadcasters, cable

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Terry Lane, Michael Feazel | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…11/25/2002 Lexis Nexis Broadcasters and cable operators appear to have the most to fear from a tentative agenda announced by Sen. John McCain (R- Ariz.), who will become Senate Commerce Committee chair in the next term of Congress. He said the committee would "assess whether broadcasters are meeting their public interest obligati...

Comcast boosting cable TV prices

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Donna Goodison, Greg Gatlin | Comments

Copyright 2002 Boston Herald Inc. The Boston Herald…11/23/2002 Lexis Nexis Comcast Corp. is jacking up prices for its 1.5 million former AT&T Broadband cable customers in Massachusetts next year, with prices generally rising by nearly 8 percent and, in some cases, by more than 20 percent. Subscribers to the most popular cable package — called standard cable — will start pa...

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Minnesota phone companies team on 'Telco TV'

November 24, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

A major obstacle that all regional telco providers face in their quest to offer video services over their telephone infrastructure is the cost associated with having to build and maintain their own video headend. For smaller, regional telcos that are compelled to offer video services to keep up with cable and satellite competition in their markets, headend costs are usually too much for one com...

Liberate withdraws guidance; COO on leave

November 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Interactive software developer Liberate Technologies announced that it must withdraw its previous earnings and revenue projections, the result of a widening investigation into some questionable past licensing transactions. As a result of that expanding investigation, Liberate has suspended COO Donald Fitzpatrick, placing him on leave pending the results of the accounting probe.

Arris completes sale, lays off 300

November 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Arris completed the sale of its "Actives" business to Scientific-Atlanta Inc. for $37.5 million, but also announced further workforce reductions. Arris said it will lay off 300 employees, an action driven in part by the sale to S-A, a need for further cost reductions, and the closure of the company's Andover, Mass.

TiVo narrows loss, reaches 500,000-sub milestone

November 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Fed by a growing number of subscribers to its digital video recording service, DVR market leader TiVo Inc. said losses narrowed and revenues rose in the third quarter. TiVo's net loss was $11.5 million, or 23 cents a share-an improvement over a net loss of $34.5 million a year earlier. The company also reported a jump in service and technology revenue, growing to $12.

Murdoch: Rejected Cablevision venture

November 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Harry Berkowitz | Comments

Copyright 2002 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)…11/22/2002 LexisNexis News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said yesterday that he doubts Cablevision System Corp.'s plans for a new satellite TV service can succeed and that he rejected an offer to be a partner in the venture. "We do not believe in the viability of it," Murdoch said at a news conference in Manhattan after the annual meetin...

AOL uploads TW content

November 21, 2002 7:00 pm | by Justin Oppelaar, Meredith Amdur | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…11/22/2002 Lexis Nexis NEW YORK — America Online's new boss, Jonathan Miller, on Thursday gave the company's board of directors a sneak preview of plans to revitalize the ailing Internet giant Thursday. The enhancements — said to be among the AOL Time Warner's top priorities for the coming year — will include expanded conte...

Comcast offers customers video-on-demand service for no extra cost

November 20, 2002 7:00 pm | by Akweli Parker | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Philadelphia Inquirer…11/21/2002 LexisNexis PHILADELPHIA —Comcast Corp. is launching the latest version of its video-on-demand service in Philadelphia Thursday, hoping it can win customers to its digital tier of service by letting them watch some favorite shows anytime they darn well please.

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