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

Powell asks for digital volunteers

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell in early April issued a plan that aims to goose the digital-television migration. Noting that the plan is "voluntary," Powell suggested that ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and pay nets HBO and Showtime could populate at least 50 percent of their primetime schedule with HD programming or other "value-added" digital television programming during the ...

Conexant chip integrates cable modem and MPEG decoder

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Conexant Systems has launched the CX24430, a set-top box chip that combines a cable modem and an MPEG decoder for interactive cable applications. In addition to digital set-tops, the chip could also be deployed in broadband home gateways and other advanced interactive cable devices. The full function CX24430 targets the worldwide cable market and goes for $37 per unit in volume.

BigBand reaches digital milestone

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

BigBand Networks Inc. said its Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR) now serves more than 500,000 digital cable subscribers in North America, thanks in part to deployment deals with Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Blue Ridge Communications and Canadian MSO Rogers Cable. BigBand, which is working with other undisclosed operators, said it reached that milestone less than six months af...

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Motorola, N2 forge content delivery system

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to tap existing bandwidth to create a more efficient platform for on-demand content transport, Motorola Broadband Communications Sector and N2 Broadband have unveiled a new satellite-based digital asset management and delivery system. Under terms of the agreement, the system melds N2 Broadband's MediaPath digital asset management platform with Motorola's DigiCipher II uplink systems and...

RCN customers to get faster dial-up

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

While not every Internet customer is interested in broadband service, most would likely be interested in faster dial-up service. For many customers of competitive provider RCN Corp., they now have the option of using newer, faster V.92 modem technology. The new standards-based service takes dial-up to a whole new level — enabling faster connections, quicker downloads and the ability to re...

Comcast gains on Q1 revenue

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Shares of Comcast Corp. were up 7 percent in mid-day trading action, following news that the MSO topped Wall Street's revenue estimates in the first quarter. Analysts' consensus estimates called for revenue of $2.58 billion, but Comcast pushed passed those estimates, reporting $2.67 billion for the first quarter 2002.

Digeo and Moxi merge to energize set-top software

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Digeo Inc. emerged last month as the suitor of Moxi Digital Inc., creating an entity that aims to change the face of set-top box software. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the combined company will assume the Digeo moniker. The merger will tweak at least two key executive positions. Rita Brogley, the current CEO of Moxi, will become Digeo's vice president of business development and ma...

Jedai assembles executive team

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Jedai Broadband Networks said it has fleshed out its executive team as the start-up prepares for future product deployments designed to extend cable plant into the business sector for high-speed data and voice services. Leading the way is Jedai's new President and CEO Michael Pritz, the former vice president of marketing and product management at Clarent Corp.

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iSurfTV pilots IPG

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

As cable operators look to interactive TV as a way to generate new revenue streams, the integration and development of IPG (interactive program guide) platforms to complement iTV services becomes more and more relevant. iSurfTV is one of the newer IPG developers on the block, and it has announced one of the first trials of its patented technology.

Senators serve up another broadband bill

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Move over Tauzin-Dingell, there's a new bill in town. Senators John Breaux (D-La.) and Don Nickels (R-Okla.) have introduced a bill in the Senate to give more market freedom to Bell phone companies. The "Broadband Regulatory Parity Act of 2002" is designed to eliminate regulations on phone companies providing DSL services.

TiVo Series2 DVR to add AOL features

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Tivo Inc. said it has struck a deal with America Online Inc. to integrate a number of AOL features with the digital video recording company's new Series2 model. Under terms of the agreement, the Series2 will be able to receive AOL applications such as instant messaging and live chat, which also are offered to existing AOLTV subscribers.

Ikusi, Coresma hook up in Florida

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Ikusi Telecommunications and Coresma turned a former one-way cable system in Florida into a two-way plant, upgrading the basic cable and dialup services to much faster connections and services. The two companies installed and deployed hardware at the Windover Health Club, a 236-unit apartment complex in Melbourne, Fla.

CableLabs issues CableHome 1.0 specs

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs has issued specifications for CableHome 1.0, an industry-wide effort designed to extend DOCSIS to home networking devices. CableLabs said it expects to begin CableHome product certification testing during the second half of 2002. In addition to "hands-off" provisioning, CableHome also addresses security firewall measures and tools designed to help cable operators diagnose and solve h...

XML the centerpiece for rival iTV initiatives

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Claiming that interactive television applications and content are riddled with too many proprietary elements, two separate groups are pushing new open standards for iTV production based on extensible markup language, or XML. The first is based on a baseline standard spec initially developed by iTV provider GoldPocket Interactive, outlined in a white paper at www.

US Cable picks Terayon for DOCSIS roll-out

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

US Cable of Coastal-Texas has selected Terayon Communication Systems as its primary supplier of DOCSIS gear for its broadband services rollout. Montvale, N.J.-based US Cable, a top-25 MSO, serves more than 150,000 subscribers in 10 states. Specifically, US Cable will populate its DOCSIS networks with Terayon's BE 2000 cable modem termination systems and TJ-series cable modems, including the rec...

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