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Merrill Lynch: Cable rollouts sliding in Q4

December 17, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Maybe it hasn't been hammered home yet, but now it's a little closer: The industry isn't exactly enduring the best of times. A new study says the pace of digital cable rollouts will fall next year, compared with 2001. A cable TV Q4 preview from Merrill Lynch says 2002's pace of rollouts will fall about 15 percent below 2001 levels.

Excite U.K. shuts down Friday, cuts 48 jobs

December 17, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ExciteAtHome will creep closer to its Feb. 28 demise when it shuts down its Excite U.K. portal Friday. The portal site recommends moving to lycos.co.uk, "who provide very similar services," the company says in a message to users. "This means that all Excite UK services will no longer be available," it reads.

OpenTV hits 12-in-12 mark with AlphaTV of Greece

December 17, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

With time to spare, OpenTV says it landed its 12th network operator customer for the year when it inked a deal with AlphaTV of Greece. The company had a goal to pursue one operator per month in 2001 and now serves a total of 50. Under the deal, AlphaTV will use OpenTV's iTV platform technology in its new satellite TV service, Alpha Digital.

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Broadcom/Intel jury trounces infringement claim

December 16, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Talk about feeling vindicated. A jury verdict found against Intel Corp.'s allegations that Broadcom infringed on its network and digital video chip patents. In the triple-play verdict, the jury also found Intel's networking patent invalid and said Broadcom wasn't bound by certain third-party licenses contracts Intel held with mutual customers, Broadcom's lead attorney says.

ExciteAtHome winds down with 400 job cuts

December 16, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

It's the beginning of the end. ExciteAtHome began the final phase of its demise as it laid off 400 workers Friday. The company will go out of business after Feb. 28, following fulfillment of $355 million in recent transition contracts with several ExciteAtHome cable affiliates. AtHome says about 900 employees will help with the transition services and "an orderly shutdown of the company between...

Survey: Most-battered brands of the year

December 16, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Can't quite quantify exactly how bad business was this year? The 2001 Bruised & Battered Brands Poll wants to help point out winners and losers in "what may be high-tech's biggest brand recession ever." The survey, conducted online by The Sausalito Group, and released today by brand marketing firm Liquid Agency, queried marketing execs at tech companies worldwide about industry brands and h...

Vivendi lands USA Networks for $10.3 B

December 16, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

On the heels of its deal to supply EchoStar with iTV content and Canal+ Technologies middleware, Vivendi Universal announced it will acquire the entertainment assets of USA Networks for $10.3 billion. Under the stock-and-cash deal, Vivendi Universal, parent of Canal+ Technologies, will own 93 percent of the resulting new company, dubbed Vivendi Universal Entertainment, comprised of Universal St...

FCC seeks comments on ILEC restrictions

December 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Talk about waving a red flag at a bull — the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is asking if ILECs should be held to certain broadband services restrictions. FCC says it is taking comments on current regulations and restrictions on ILECs' broadband services. The FCC's move comes as the U.S.

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Tauzin-Dingell stalwarts vow to stay with bill

December 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Eager to head home for the holidays and noting new information it would need to peruse, the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday postponed its decision on the controversial Tauzin-Dingell bill. As CEDaily reported yesterday, the decision came after House leaders received new information and opted to scrutinize it more closely.

EchoStar sweetens merger pot with Vivendi deal

December 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EchoStar Communications Corp. is sweetening the pot for its pending merger with Hughes Electronics Corp. in a programming and middleware deal with Vivendi Universal. The sweetening extends to EchoStar, as well, with a $1.5 billion investment from Vivendi that will help fund EchoStar's merger plans. The deal also contains a non-exclusive agreement for EchoStar to use MediaHighway middleware from...

Covad judge OKs bankruptcy plan; XO kisses NASDAQ goodbye

December 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Delaware judge OK'd Covad Communications Group's restructuring plan this morning, allowing the company to emerge from its bankruptcy around Dec. 20, says spokesman Pavel Radda. The pre-negotiated plan will eliminate about $1.4 billion in bondholder debt and pre-existing shareholders will keep nearly 80 percent of the company.

House puts off Tauzin-Dingell vote until March

December 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives put off until March a vote on the Tauzin-Dingell bill, CEDaily has learned. The decision comes after lengthy speculation that the House would vote favorably as early as tomorrow. Covad President and CEO Charles Hoffman says the delay comes after House members received more details on the bill, including a suggestion that cable companies allow open access, and d...

Startup tackles Ethernet optical networks

December 12, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Metro network newbie Internet Photonics Inc. has raised $31 million so far in its effort to develop optical Ethernet transport platforms, and lined up its management roster. "The company is 13 months old and has been in stealth mode until today," says spokesman Mike Granieri. A spinoff of Lucent Technologies' recently sold optical networking group, the company first drew $12 million in funding ...

Deals and other doings

December 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Business Services Hospitality Network is gambling on SeaChange International Inc.'s VOD platform for 23,000 casino and resort hotel rooms in the United States. The platform will deliver on-demand movies and interactive services to Cox's 17 hotel customers in Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe, Atlantic City and other locations.

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SonicBlue to hit TiVo with infringement suit

December 11, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Glutton-for-litigation SonicBlue fired a shot over TiVo's bow yesterday by launching another highly public battle over intellectual property. SonicBlue's desire to discuss licensing with TiVo yesterday brought a flat no from TiVo, prompting SonicBlue to threaten a patent infringement lawsuit this morning.

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