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

Gotuit and Motorola get to it

March 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Gotuit Media Corp., a provider of hardware and software systems that allow users to customize radio and TV content, has paired with Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector. The two companies have agreed to support the integration of Gotuit Media's personalized video product, Gotuit TV, into Motorola's DCT-5000 interactive digital set-top terminal.

Aerocast wraps up trial

March 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Aerocast, a broadband streaming media company backed by Motorola and Liberty Media, has completed its first consumer trial. The trial enabled its participants to access entertainment-quality streaming media on demand from their homes for the first time. For the trial, Aerocast streamed content from several partners including Starz Encore, Oasis TV and interactive TV provider ACTV.

Internet Home Alliance research uncovers connected home market

March 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Internet Home Alliance, a non-profit association of high-tech and consumer companies formed to enhance consumers' understanding, appreciation and adoption of the Internet lifestyle, today announced the results of a custom survey that assessed consumers' attitudes toward connected home solutions. Results of the survey reveal 42 percent of U.

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Sprint deploys Virtual Truck Installer

March 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

BroadJump says Sprint Broadband Direct, the fixed wireless Internet service, has begun deploying BroadJump's Virtual Truck Installer in 12 cities nationwide. Sprint first began deployment of Virtual Truck Installer less than one year ago to accelerate the rollout of Sprint FastConnect DSL. Sprint has already begun automating the installation process of its fixed wireless broadband service.

Convergent buys billing technology

March 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Convergent Networks has acquired the source code and a worldwide license to OpenCon Communication Systems' billing mediation platform (BMP). The platform, which will be integrated into the company's Cohesion product family, stores and manages network traffic data and delivers the information in a form compatible with service providers' existing billing systems.

SOHOware releases BroadGuard

March 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

SOHOware's BroadGuard secure cable/DSL router is now available at consumer electronic stores, including Best Buy, Micro Center and Fry's Electronics. BroadGuard includes a 10/100 Mbps autosensing switch to boost performance and expand a network. According to the company, BroadGuard is the first broadband router on the market to bring professional-level Internet security and broadband sharing to...

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.

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...

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.

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