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

iN Demand and Pathfire go to bat for cable

January 24, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

iN Demand and Pathfire, have blended their technologies and will transmit digitally compressed content to cable VOD file servers. The process will use iN Demand's existing network and satellite capacity and uplink facilities combined with Pathfire's pitch and catch server hardware and multicast software.

i-TV hungry for good content

January 24, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Where once the Web was content-hungry, now it's the development of i-TV that's being touted as the next big Web application. Meeting this new demand, interactive TV technology providers OpenTV and Mixed Signals Technologies (MST), have agreed to jointly market MST's interactive TV services and tools with OpenTV's enhanced TV platform.

WOW meets demand

January 23, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

WideOpenWest is meeting the demand of its entertainment-hungry customers with Video- On-Demand, DemandVideo's answer to immediate access to movies and other programming. WOW customers can order up that impulse movie purchase with the touch of a button on a simple remote. Customers also have 24 hours in which to view the movie, so they can start it on Friday night and finish it on Saturday.

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Worldgate introduces i-TV enhancements

January 23, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

WorldGate knows its cable operator customers and their subscribers are always looking for the latest in i-TV. The interactive cable TV service provider is releasing enhancements for its interactive TV applications, and expects to roll them out in 1Q 2001. WorldGate is upgrading its Web browser to support SSL 3.

Who's that under there?

January 23, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Motorola has gone Incognito, joining the IP and DNS solutions provider to create a dynamic host configuration protocol service (DHCP) for broadband IP networks. Motorola will distribute exclusively Incognito's IP Commander, a multi-platform DHCP and domain name service, to cable operators and vendors.

Com21's new modem hot

January 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Business is good at Com2. Comcast, the third largest MSO, has put in an order for a volume purchase of DOXport 1110 cable modems. The number of modems Comcast ordered was not announced. Com21's DOXport 1110 cable modem is the first DOCSIS-certified modem to use the Broadcom 3350 chipset. The modem utilizes a dual-bank flash memory architecture with four MB of flash memory.

Powell new FCC Chairman

January 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Michael K. Powell has taken over the post of FCC Chairman. President Bush officially named Powell, son of General Colin Powell, to the position this week. "I look forward to working with the new administration, Congress, my fellow Commissioners and the very talented FCC staff on the important and challenging communications issues facing our nation," Powell said in a statement released by the FCC.

WOW, new deal

January 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Colorado-based WideOpenWest (WOW) has inked a three-year deal with Source Media. WOW will deploy Source Media's interactive program guide, SourceGuide, and LocalSource interactive portal through digital set-top converters. WOW contracted with Source Media to help WOW customers navigate their way through WOW programming choices.

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Corning to buy Tropel

January 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Corning, the fiber-optic king, has expanded its realm and is purchasing Tropel, a manufacturer of precision optics and metrology instruments for the semiconductor industry. The deal is worth about $190 million, based on the closing price of Corning common stock on January 22, 2001. Corning hopes the addition of Tropel's technology and product lines will complement Corning's current range of mic...

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Sprint North Supply buys from AFC

January 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Sprint North Supply and Advanced Fiber Communications (AFC) have a new multi-year agreement. Sprint North Supply will launch AFC's AccessMAX product line of multi-service access platforms and environmentally hardened outside plant cabinets. Sprint will use the systems to deliver broadband DSL telephone services.

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Chalk one up for cable

January 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Like outgoing President Clinton, outgoing FCC Chairman William E. Kennard made some decisions before he left his post. Kennard and his committees analyzing the dual-carriage fuss between the cable industry and broadcasters decided that cable providers are not, at this time, required to carry a broadcast station's digital and analog signals.

Cable burned by bird…

January 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

These satellites in the sky are becoming a real threat to cable. According to a report from Cahners In-Stat Group, digital direct-to-home satellite services are pulling way ahead of digital cable TV providers in the race to get interactive digital television services to market. Michelle Abraham, an In-Stat senior analyst, tells CED why.

Experiment equals experience

January 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Microsoft has created the TV Content Builder Initiative (CBI), a consortium of content developers. Members have access to the tools, templates and training materials Microsoft has developed to push forward interesting content creation for the enhanced digital TV movement. But the company has taken it one step further and has teamed up with Motorola to let the content creators develop, view and ...

TiVo creating own content

January 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Also on the move to create custom content for its product is TiVo. The newly formed TiVo Entertainment Group is comprised of ad sales and media partnership units that work with TiVo's media, advertising and entertainment industry partners to develop content and custom advertising for the TiVo service.

Cable burned by bird…(2)

January 21, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

These satellites in the sky are becoming a real threat to cable. According to a report from Cahners In-Stat Group, digital direct-to-home satellite services are pulling way ahead of digital cable TV providers in the race to get interactive digital television services to market. Michelle Abraham, an In-Stat senior analyst, tells CED why.

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