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Award winners unite at ET

January 15, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Pragash Pillai, Theresa Simons and Anthony Bowling all came up big winners at this year's Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Emerging Technologies conference, each taking home with them awards marking their contributions to their companies and to the industry at large. If it wasn't for a call from Charter Communications, Pillai, winner of the 2003 Young Engineer of the Year Award, mi...


ET keynoter: CE is cable's new battlefield

January 15, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The next place to see much blood spilled in the cable-DBS war will likely be on the battlefield of consumer electronics, predicted Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Emerging Technologies conference keynoter and long-time cable analyst Paul Kagan. Kagan, reflecting on last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, noted that the DBS players, per usual, were "firing their guns," ...

Nielsen study reveals broadband growth, narrowband decline

January 14, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Reports of broadband's imminent demise are premature, at least according to new research from Nielsen/NetRatings. Today Nielsen reports that broadband access at home continues to post double-digit growth-specifically reporting a 59 percent year-over-year increase for broadband, which translates into more than 33.


Manticom, SeaChange complete GigE VOD integration

January 14, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Manticom Networks said it has successfully completed interoperability tests between its Scorpion 4104 transport gear and SeaChange International Inc.'s video-on-demand system. The move certifies the switching and transport aspects of Manticom's Gigabit Ethernet-based equipment, the companies said. That integration will reduce the cost of implementing new services-including subscription-VOD, per...

Hughes Q4 profits boosted by EchoStar fee

January 14, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Satellite provider Hughes Electronics, whose DirecTV direct broadcast satellite service was the prize in a failed acquisition bid by rival EchoStar Communications last year, today posted a fourth-quarter profit against a loss for the same time period a year earlier. Hughes announced a profit of $115.

Powell says FCC plans no radical changes for media ownership limits

January 14, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2003 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network, Inc. The Bulletin's Frontrunner...01/15/2003 Lexis Nexis Reuters (1/14, Sullivan) reports US officials "will probably not radically lift ownership limits on television stations, newspapers and other media when they take up the issue this year, the top telecommunications regulator told Congress on Tuesday.

Singapore operator signs up Nuera for digital voice

January 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The leading cable operator on the Far East island of Singapore, StarHub, is gearing up to roll out a residential digital voice network, and it has tapped VoIP provider Nuera Communications for the voice gateways to be deployed as part of the system. Nuera's ORCA RDT-8v broadband access gateway will be the centerpiece of StarHub's Digital Voice effort-Singapore's first ever voice-over-cable tele...

Luminous embarks on China expansion

January 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

After shipping metro optical access systems to a number of major China-based carriers, Luminous Networks will take the plunge and double its staff there over the next 90 days. Tied to that, Luminous also plans to expand its current Shanghai facility by opening an office in Beijing in the first quarter of this year.


Comcast launches online photo service

January 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Following a trend that put digital cameras in many a stocking during the 2002 holiday season, Comcast has launched a photo center that provides enough software tools to help "digital shutterbugs" manage their digital photos online. The Comcast Photo Center, in partnership with digital/traditional photo service Snapfish, allows Comcast customers to print, share and store pro-quality photos on th...

HDTV said to be 'big winner' for cable in immediate future

January 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2003 Warren Publishing, Inc. Warren's Cable Regulation Monitor...01/13/2003 Lexis Nexis Las Vegas—Cable's sudden realization of importance of HDTV to customer retention "was a real head knocker," Cox Cable CEO James Robbins said at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here Jan. 9. "We realized that was where our best customers were going, and we weren't there.

SCTE seeks spring '03 award nominations

January 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers said it is accepting nominations for its annual spring awards, which recognize cable pros and companies for their industry and Society accomplishments. With a deadline of March 3, SCTE is accepting nomination forms in the following categories: Member of the Year: Recognizes the SCTE member who has made the most significant contributions to the o...

SCTE standards also play big role in digital 'plug-and-play' agreement

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Although organizations such as CableLabs and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association played key roles in the recent cable-consumer electronics "plug-and-play" agreement, companies that make gear based on that proposed pact must comply with six Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers standards.

Case to step down

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Steve Case, AOL Time Warner's embattled chairman, said he will step down from that post effective at the company's annual shareholders meeting in May, noting that the company does not need "distractions" at this critical point in the company's future. The announcement comes about three years to the day when America Online and Time Warner first announced their merger agreement.

Motorola to buy rest of Next Level

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Motorola Inc. said it plans to make a tender offer for all of the outstanding publicly held shares of subsidiary Next Level Communications, marking a $40 million move that would give Next Level the financial shielding it requires, and provide Motorola with a stronger play in the video-over-copper arena.

Comcast buys a load of Arris C4 CMTSs

January 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Arris' deal to buy cable modem termination startup Cadant Inc. in November 2001 for roughly $63 million continued to pay dividends this week as Comcast Corp. ordered an additional 50 C4 CMTS chassis to support the MSO's data service deployments. Financial terms were not disclosed. The C4, which currently supports as many as 16 downstreams and 128 upstreams per chassis, can be "field-upgraded" t...


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