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

Conexant puts satellite chip in orbit

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Conexant Systems Inc. unveiled a single-chip dual-stream demodulator for satellite receiver systems. Targeting set-tops and receivers with personal video recording capabilities, Conexant's CX24130 can process two video streams simultaneously. "The attention in the last year is [focused on] PVR capability, and the ability to record something in the background while [the viewer] watches another ...

GM hands off DirecTV to EchoStar

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Following months of negotiations, EchoStar Communications Corp. finally emerged as the winner of the DirecTV Inc. sweepstakes. In another deal in which Charlie Ergen appeared to have gotten the best of News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, EchoStar is set to merge with General Motors Corp.'s Hughes Electronics Corp.

Intertainer, Microsoft team on PC-based VOD

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Extending a previous relationship, Intertainer Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have launched a streaming video-on-demand subscription service to MSN's ISP customers in 35 broadband markets, including hubs such as New York City, L.A., Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Intertainer said it houses more than 70,000 hours of content, including movies like "The Mexican," "Fifteen M...

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Dorado forms cable unit

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Dorado Software Inc. has created a new division designed to help cable operators handle automated subscriber management and service activation of new broadband services. Terry Poindexter is heading Dorado's Folsom, Calif.-based cable division, and is overseeing the company's Redcell Access Cable product.

Juniper jumps on Pacific Broadband for $200

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Advancing on a more aggressive cable network equipment strategy, Juniper Networks Inc. inked a deal to acquire start-up Pacific Broadband Communications in a stock deal valued at $200 million. The deal, announced in mid-November and expected to close before the end of 2001, will give Juniper access to PBC's "Kodiak" line of cable modem termination systems, as well as the custom silicon and soft...

Cedar Point aims to simplify VoIP

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cedar Point Communications hopes to make IP telephony a much simpler and less costly world in which to live. A typical, full-blown VoIP environment is comprised of a mishmash of call management servers, media gateway controllers, signal gateway and other network elements that link to the PSTN (public switched telephone network).

Microtune sings a set-top tune

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hoping to find a comfy home inside cable-set tops and residential gateways, Microtune introduced the MT2100 family of chip-based tuners fabricated in silicon germanium. Microtune, which has been most active with cable modem RF products over the last three to four years, said its silicon will shine most under "must-carry" conditions, when cable operators distribute analog and digital channels.

Spyglass Integration has independence in mind

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to kick-start the interactive television sector, Spyglass Integration officially opened its doors for business in October on a new 31,000-square-foot laboratory based in Lexington, Mass. Coupled with financial backing from Motorola Inc. and OpenTV Corp., Spyglass Integration's call to arms is to hasten the deployment of cable- and satellite-based iTV services via "back office" tests and...

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Bridging the pond with boxes

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Google Factor: 2,420 Unlike The Beatles, Pace Micro Technology plc did not exactly come to America with an embedded mass of people panting and heaving for its arrival. Instead, the company dropped anchor here with a monster challenge on its hands: breaking through the set-top duopoly enjoyed by Motorola Broadband Communications Sector and Scientific-Atlanta Inc.

Host-based modems make CableLabs debut

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Host-based cable modems that could sell for less than $50 per unit made their first official appearance at CableLabs in October, when the R&D house kicked off certification wave 20. Intel Corp. and Coresma Inc. (formerly NetGame Ltd.) both submitted computer-controlled cable modems, or CCCMs, for DOCSIS 1.

TWC taps multiple VOD vendors

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A deluge of video-on-demand vendors came forth in recent weeks to tell the world that they are taking significant roles in Time Warner Cable's aggressive VOD strategy. Though word had spread earlier this year that the MSO and nCUBE Corp. had a VOD agreement in the hopper, the deal finally became official in early November, when the vendor said Time Warner Cable would buy 77 VOD servers for ser...

Jedai greenlights 'Runner' product family

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fueling plans to offer gear designed to allow cable operators to push their networks to the commercial sector, Jedai Broadband Networks Inc. last month unveiled its "Runner" family of products. Claiming the moniker signifies "speed and endurance," Jedai's equipment line includes the FrontRunner (optical network terminal), PacketRunner (optical network unit), WaveRunner (optical gateway), SkyRu...

Time Warner 'Explores' PVRs, HDTV

November 30, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Expanding its relationship with Scientific-Atlanta Inc., Time Warner Cable has ordered 625,000 Explorer boxes to fuel the MSO's digital plans. The order is comprised of 475,000 Explorer 2100 model boxes, 100,000 PVR-enabled Explorer 8000s and 50,000 Explorer 3100HDs, which S-A claims can decode all 18 ATSC high-definition digital formats.

Western Show wrapup

November 29, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Western Show saw 17,000 attendees, including walk-ins, or 48 percent fewer than last year's record 33,000, says Paul Fadelli, spokesman for the California Cable & Telecommunications Association, which hosted the show. CCTA will meet in early February to discuss changes for next year's show. "We know the changes in the marketplace, and show philosophy and psychology, and how the industry...

Excite judge clears way for cutting service

November 29, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The dickering over ExciteAtHome's value and its future with its cableco customers came to a head today when a bankruptcy court judge nullified AtHome's contracts with cablecos and said they'd have to renegotiate new ones. The decision comes on the heels of an open letter to the bankruptcy court judge, from U.

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