MTV: Music Television has partnered with OEM computer manufacturer Lan Plus to introduce a new line of PCs and PC-based gear designed for the "entertainment savvy" MTV demographic. Planned for a Spring 2002 release, MTV's PCs will come equipped with components to allow consumers to watch TV, play DVD movies, listen to and burn CDs, tune in to their home stereos and browse the Internet.
Allied Riser Communications Corp.'s stockholders approved its merger with a Cogent Communications Group Inc. unit, after a judge denied a motion to block the deal. Dallas-based Allied Riser provides broadband data, video and voice services to small- and medium-sized businesses. Holders of its convertible subordinated notes due 2007 filed the motion for a preliminary injunction, which was denied...
Under a new deal, Italian satellite maker Alenia Spazio SpA will build satellites for Teledesic LLC's global broadband Internet-in-the-Sky satellite communications network. Financial terms were not disclosed. Teledesic developed a new constellation design of 30 medium-Earth-orbit satellites, it says.
Under a new deal, Canada's The Weather Network will use broadcasting technology from Wink Communications that gives viewers access to "forecast conditions of their choice, 24 hours a day," Wink says. Users also can see commercials, ask for more information or buy directly from the advertiser via their remotes.
Just slightly behind its Q4 schedule, Roseville Telephone finished phase one of its fiber-to-the-home program in certain Roseville, Calif., neighborhoods. Roseville, a California-based unit of SureWest Communications, says the program extends its existing fiber-to-the-curb infrastructure to Del Webb's Sun City Roseville Community and parts of the Highland Reserve and Diamond Oaks neighborhoods.
After selling about 1.5 million gaming consoles between Nov. 15 and the end of 2001, Microsoft Corp., maker of the Xbox, said it plans to roll out the machine's multiplayer gaming service in the first half of 2002. Cable operators have noted that the Xbox, in a massive, multiplayer environment, could give rise to a variety of bandwidth management and provisioning issues.
Cox Communications said it has selected Openwave Systems Inc.'s messaging platform for a growing cable modem service that stands at more than 779,000 residential customers. The IP-based Openwave Email Mx platform is configured for a variety of messaging applications, including unified messaging, instant messaging and multimedia messaging.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has teamed with BroadbandCareers.Com to create an enhanced online job bank targeted to engineers, managers, technicians and installers. Replacing SCTE's former job bank, the new service enables job seekers to post resumes and receive notice of relevant job postings.
Preparing for the inevitable shuttering of Excite@Home Corp. at the end of this month, the high-speeder's affiliates began tapping outside parties to create their own national IP backbones. Cox Communications, for one, said it is deploying Cisco Systems Internet routers and switches to create a backbone capable of handling traffic for its 779,000 cable modem customers.
Cablevision Systems Corp. has relaunched OptOnline.net, a broadband portal designed to showcase content designed for high-speed, cable modem connections. Targeted to Cablevision's Optimum Online cable modem customers, the portal features news, music and video clips from the MSO's media properties as well as its outside content partners, including News 12, MSG Networks, American Movie Clas...
Three broadband vendors plan to launch Triarc Content Labs to independently develop, test and integrate Linux-based content and applications on Motorola Broadband's DCT-5000 line of set-tops. The trio aims to speed time-to-market of new and interactive services using a Linux environment. The lab–brainchild of Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector, Metrowerks and Lineo–is ...
After operating in stealth mode for several months, Steve Perlman's Rearden Steel Technologies finally opened up its fortified kimono to reveal a new brand identity, a broadband strategy and a deal with DBS giant EchoStar Communications. Shedding its Rearden Steel moniker, the Palo Alto, Calif.
Enhancing cable's presence with the nation's standards body, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Vice President of Standards Stephen Oksala was recently elected to the board of directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In that role, Oksala, an ANSI board member since 1990, will be involved with the group's governance and policy development.
Maybe it was the adrenaline rush of being essential during a very real crisis. Maybe it was the thrill of proving to Excite@Home and the world– but especially to Excite@Home– that cable operators aren't as dumb as fireplugs after all. Maybe it was both.Whichever. Regardless, hundreds of AT&T employees decided to be the hands that caught the broadband data subscribers dumpe...
Twenty-five thousand cable modems went last year, but Scientific-Atlanta just shipped the first of 200,000 Explorer 4000DVB set-top boxes to Telewest in the United Kingdom. Telewest, thus far S-A's only customers for the box, ordered the set-tops in June, and purchase orders for the first part of the shipment came in in December, says S-A spokeswoman Nicole Hockin.