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

Time Warner Cable reorganizes senior management

August 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Time Warner Cable said it has reorganized its core senior management as part of a plan to tie together three basic business "pillars": new product development and deployment, marketing and customer service. In the moves announced Thursday, the MSO promoted former Vice President of Corporate Development Mike LaJoie to the newly created position of vice president of advanced technology.

FCC mandates DTV tuners; CEA blasts it

August 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Hoping to jump-start the digital television era, the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday by a 3-to-1 margin that it will require the installation of off-air DTV tuners in nearly all new television sets by 2007. As part of the FCC's five-year plan, the requirement will start with larger, more expensive televisions, claiming the move is designed to minimize the cost for equipment man...

OpenTV revenue drops sharply

August 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

In reporting its second quarter financial results, interactive TV platform provider OpenTV revealed a stark drop in quarter-over-quarter revenue for the latest quarter, detailing a 38 percent revenue drop from the same period a year earlier. The company announced that second quarter revenue was just $14.

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Allen weighs plans for his Charter stake; regulatory filing includes option for going private

August 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jerri Stroud | Comments

Copyright 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Inc. St. Louis Post-Dispatch…08/09/2002 Paul G. Allen might increase his stake in Charter Communications Inc.—or he might not. Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft Corp., filed papers with federal regulators Thursday indicating that he is considering several courses of action that could expand the controlling stake he has in the cable company: ...

SONICblue soap opera

August 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

There's a real dust-up going on at SONICblue, providers of the PVR technology ReplayTV and the Rio line of digital audio players. Today, the company announced an interim replacement at the CEO level by naming marketing executive L. Gregory Ballard to the position. The company abruptly (and not so subtly) fired CEO and chairman Ken Potashner, the apparent result of Potashner publicly lobbing all...

OSGi-compliant devices closer to reality

August 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

At the center of the drive to connect your home computer, home theater, home appliances, and even your automobile, is an effort called OSGi, or the Open Services Gateway Initiative, which aims to unify connection protocols among all of these consumer platforms. It's a tall order, considering the wide range of existing networking and computer technologies as well as the host of related networkin...

Cablevision to cut staff, close some stores and sell off some assets

August 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. announced Thursday that it will lay off about 7 percent of its workforce, close more than two dozen The Wiz stores, and put its movie theaters on the block - all as part of a plan to ensure that the company will be fully funded through 2003. More specifically, Cablevision said it plans to sell off its Clearview Cinemas, and close down 26 unprofitable The Wiz stores, bu...

Hughes Shows Tivo box for DirecTV

August 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cable operators, are you keeping an eye on satellite's entrée into personal video recording? Following similar announcements from competitive DBS provider EchoStar, DirecTV Inc. is stepping up its PVR activity with the introduction of set-top boxes with TiVo functionality. At the Satellite Business and Communications Association conference today in Las Vegas, Hughes Network Systems, maker ...

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Liberate opts for fraud preventative medicine

August 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Liberate Technologies is rolling up its sleeve for what amounts to a corporate fraud inoculation, announcing several executive changes and an initiative to stiffen up its governance policies. In addition to two executive departures, Liberate will separate the role of chairman and CEO and create a corporate governance committee.

AOL chief wants gradual move to high-speed Net

August 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Paul Davidson | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…08/07/2002 Jon Miller, America Online 's new chief executive, said Tuesday he wants to slowly migrate subscribers to high-speed Internet services and reduce the company's long-time emphasis on banner ads in favor of more lucrative promotions. Tuesday, AOL Time Warner, as expected, named Miller, a former top executive of Barry Diller's USA Int...

Nielsen begins measuring Tivo usage in 'sample' households

August 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In what could be considered music to Madison Avenue's ears, Nielsen Media Research recently told its clients that it will begin measuring personal video recorder activity in about 20 "sample households," thanks to a software partnership with Tivo Inc. In a letter dated Aug. 5, Nielsen President and Chief Executive Officer Susan D.

Cisco beats expectations

August 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc.'s fourth-quarter were better than the Street was expecting, but the networking giant's good news was not enough to keep the Nasdaq on an upward swing. In May when Cisco reported better-than-expected results, the NASDAQ jumped more than 96 points. But with accusations of financial wrongdoing and spending uncertainties, the market failed to be inspired this time.

Charter goes cherry picking

August 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. is looking to create custom digital channel lineups, and is turning to Terayon Communications Systems Inc. to make it happen. The fourth largest MSO is deploying the latest digital video management system, the DM 3200 CherryPicker, in its cable systems. With the DM 3200, Terayon has taken its CherryPicker to the next level, the company said.

Satellite company rolls out video distribution services

August 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

PanAmSat Corp. is spreading its wings in the video distribution sector with the introduction of two new digital services. PanAmSat's first service, dubbed simply Video on Demand, enables cable operators to deliver content, including movies, news, educational programming and sports, to their subscribers in North America.

Nokia, Digex, Tut downsize

August 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Although some good news is coming out of the latest round of quarterly financial reports, many telecom companies are still cautious. Nokia, Digex Inc. and Tut Systems Inc. are reducing their staffs to pare expenses as demand continues to wane. Nokia plans to shed 900 jobs from its networks division by the end of the year.

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