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FCC authority to impose broadcast flag is debated

December 16, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Warren's Cable Regulation Monitor …12/16/2002 Lexis Nexis There's no strong evidence now that FCC has authority to impose broadcast flag copy protection technology on consumer electronics manufacturers, CEA said in its comments on Commission rulemaking (MB 02-230).

Internet, broadband use up, vidgames flat

December 16, 2002 7:00 pm | by David Bloom | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…12/17/2002 Lexis Nexis A series of just released studies show Internet use continues to climb, wireless networks are poised to explode in use and broadband users account for nearly half of all Internet use-but interest in vidgames played on PCs is stagnant.

It's Chapter 11 for set-top repair outfit A Novo Broadband

December 16, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

A company that specializes in equipment repair is about to embark on a program to repair itself. A Novo Broadband Inc., a New Castle, Del.-based outfit that fixes cable modems and set-tops, said it plans to file for protection under Chapter 11 today, despite the fact that its repair revenue has more than doubled in the past 12 months.

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Hughes drops wireline broadband

December 15, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

DirecTV parent Hughes Electronics Corp. will shutter its high-speed Internet business, which had been offering wireline DSL service under the DirecTV Broadband moniker. The company said that it would quit offering DirecTV DSL, and would transition more than 160,000 subscribers over the next 90 days to other providers.

Microtune aims for DOCSIS 2.0 with new upstream amplifier

December 15, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

With an eye toward the next generation of cable access devices, RF silicon developer Microtune announced the introduction of a new upstream amplifier, which was engineered specifically to support the increased upstream bandwidth capacity of the DOCSIS 2.0 specification. The new amplifier is the 3.3-volt MicroSteamer MT1560, which boosts performance and reliability of two-way communications, whi...

Clarent to file bankruptcy, sell off assets

December 15, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Softswitch start-up Clarent Corp. said it expects to file for voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11 and, as part of a pre-packaged deal, will sell "substantially all" of its assets to Atlanta-based Verso Technologies Inc. for roughly $9.8 million. "Given the current state of the telecom industry, litigation and other obligations facing Clarent, the board of directors has determined a sale o...

Covad to bundle voice and data for small businesses

December 15, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

DSL service provider Covad Communications is looking to land new small business customers in the San Francisco area by offering a bundle of both broadband access and multi-line telephone services. Covad calls the bundled service TeleXchange, and it offers mostly small business customers up to 24 lines of full-featured voice and a high-speed connection to the Internet via a single DSL connection.

Knology deploys BigBand

December 15, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Knology, an overbuilder that operates broadband networks in the Southeastern U.S., will deploy BigBand Networks Inc.'s flagship Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR) in all of its systems. Knology is using the BMR to consolidate control of its systems in one centralized location and via a single management interface.

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Study: DVRs here to stay, satellite DVR to maintain early lead

December 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Digital video recorder technology is hot, and cable operators in particular are warming to the technology on the heels of satellite's introduction of receivers integrated with DVR capability. New projections on the DVR market from IMS Research show that, despite a relatively slow adoption of DVR due to a lack of consumer understanding and high cost, time shifting technologies are still poised t...

Viacom Asks FCC to prevent HDTV piracy

December 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jon Healey | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Times Mirror Company; Los Angeles Times All Rights Reserved Los Angeles Times…12/13/2002 Lexis Nexis Viacom Inc., parent of the CBS television network and Paramount Pictures, has threatened to stop all high-definition TV broadcasts on CBS unless federal regulators mandate certain anti-piracy technologies by this summer.

Martin Advocates treating DSL services as akin to cable

December 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Mary Greczyn | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…12/13/2002 Lexis Nexis In a current wireline broadband proceeding, FCC Commissioner Martin suggested Thursday that the Commission could treat DSL services in the same way as cable modem service. That would mean it would need to alter Computer II rules so incumbents wouldn't be required to provide underlying transmission services ...

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Report: WildBlue close to new funding

December 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

WildBlue Communications, the troubled Colorado-based high-speed satellite company, could be injected with about $200 million next week by a group headed by Liberty Media Corp., the Rocky Mountain News reported Friday. The financing could allow WildBlue to launch its first Ka-band high-speed satellite by 2004, the paper said, noting that other investors include IntelSat and the National Rural Te...

MTV UK is interactive 24/7 on BSkyB

December 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The most cutting-edge interactive television applications are running on the BSkyB satellite service in the U.K., and the British satellite operator has added another compelling interactive service to its Sky Digital channel lineup. Interactive developer NDS is powering a new 24-hour interactive TV service with MTV UK, adding three separate interactive "areas" where viewers can interact with co...

Another law firm piles on SeaChange

December 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Schiffrin & Barroway LLP, apparently not in the mood to spread holiday cheer, became the latest law firm to hit SeaChange International Inc. with a lawsuit alleging that the video-on-demand leader presented "materially false" information in a prospectus tied to a secondary stock offering completed in January 2002.

DirecTV keeps NFL games in $2B deal

December 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by David Lieberman | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…12/12/2002 Lexis Nexis NEW YORK — One day after ending its $18 billion merger plan with EchoStar— and collecting a $600 million breakup fee —DirecTV scored a touchdown Wednesday against competitors. The No. 1 satellite TV broadcasting company held off threats from No.

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