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Qwest president in e-mail: "I will take the fall" for deal; House panel is puzzled by the message

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…10/01/2002 From LexisNexis The president of Qwest Communications International Inc. agreed to "take the fall" for a potentially risky deal the company pushed to finalize in June 2000 in order to meet Wall Street expectations, according to documents released Monday by congressional investigators.

Tollgrade Communications to cut 47 jobs

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Steve Massey | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/ Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 Pittsburgh Post - Gazette Pittsburgh Post - Gazette…10/01/2002 From LexisNexis Tollgrade Communications Inc., citing further spending cutbacks by telecommunications clients, yesterday said it will eliminate 47 jobs, warned that third-quarter earnings would fall on the lower end of already reduced forecasts and said Chief E...

Companies respond to OCAP RFP

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Less than two months after putting the call out, 14 companies have responded to CableLabs ' OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) request for proposal for implementations. OCAP, which is largely based on Europe's MHP platform, is a specification tied to middleware that eventually will populate OpenCable-based digital set-top boxes and other devices.


WorldGate shuffles staff, makes cuts

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

To ensure WorldGate has enough cash to fund itself through at least the next four quarters, the company is making some changes. WorldGate said it is taking steps to get its priorities in line. First, the company will transfer some of its employees to TVGateway LLC, its joint venture with Adelphia Communications Corp.

FreeZone debuts in San Diego

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Ready to see if "free" on-demand will drive and retain digital subscribers, Cox Communications Inc. has launched its advertising-supported video-on-demand service in San Diego. The service bowed on channel 997. Dubbed "FreeZone," the service gives digital subscribers on-demand access to a spate of ad-supported content, including short independent films, action sports vignettes and interviews w...

OpenCable adds HD to the mix

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs has issued a new OpenCable specification designed to funnel high-definition television programming through advanced digital set-tops and other OpenCable-based devices or "hosts." OpenCable is a CableLabs initiative that aims to create the technical pieces necessary to lend "portability" to digital cable set-tops and, consequently, foster a retail market for the equipment.

Juniper bows compact CMTS

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Juniper Networks will tackle the small- to mid-sized MSO sector with a new "pizza box" cable modem termination system (CMTS) dubbed the "G1." The G1 complements Juniper's DOCSIS 1.1-qualified G10 model, a full-chassis, "carrier-class" CMTS. Both models house Juniper's home-grown silicon, the "Broadband Cable Processor.

Movielink preps for December launch

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Movielink, a broadband-based video-on-demand service that could sap some VOD and pay-per-view revenues from cable operators, is set to launch this December. The service, a joint venture of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Studios and Warner Bros.


Microtune, Broadcom set for fall showdown

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Microtune Inc. applauded the results of a recent Markman hearing that paved the way for a patent infringement case the company has brought against silicon tuner rival Broadcom Corp. In that case, set to go to trial Oct. 7 in Sherman, Texas, Microtune has alleged that Broadcom's BCM 3415 microchip infringed on Microtune's "Highly integrated television tuner on a single microcircuit" patent (No.

Charter bows Mag Rack

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Charter Communications has inked a multi-year deal to offer Mag Rack programming to its VOD-enabled digital subs, becoming the latest MSO to test the virtues of "free" on-demand content. Charter initially rolled out Mag Rack on Sept. 15 in four markets: St. Louis, Mo.; Fort Worth, Texas; Greenville/Spartanburg, S.

Here comes the portable DVR

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

You've heard of the Pocket PC. Now get ready for the pocket DVR. SonicBlue Inc. and chip giant Intel Corp. are collaborating on the development of a new digital video recorder that people can use on the go. Available in 2003, the pocket-sized device will allow users to view time-shifted programs transferred from their stand-alone ReplayTV box, as well as play video, audio and photos transferred...

U.K. firm tests electric broadband

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A "shocking" development appears to be popping up in parts of Europe these days. Perhaps taking broadband to a more literal "lightning fast" level, Scottish Hydro-Electric is testing a powerline-based broadband service in the towns of Crieff and Campbeltown, charging about 25 pounds sterling per month (about $39 U.

Cablevision thinks outside the (Sony) box

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. has inked a deal to deploy Scientific-Atlanta Inc. digital set-tops and headend gear in support of the MSO's ambitious digital cable service, iO: Interactive Optimum. Financial terms were not disclosed. Cablevision said it will purchase an undisclosed number of S-A digital boxes, including the Explorer 4200, which will become available later this year.

DBS to disclose SVOD hard drive requirements

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

EchoStar Communications Corp. and DirecTV Inc. will be upfront about how much set-top hard drive space customers will have to give up in order to enjoy subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services offered via satellite. That full disclosure is important because the current DBS architecture isn't capable of offering two-way VOD over a network like cable does, but instead is reliant on a fixed a...

MidStream raises $26M

September 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fledgling video server company MidStream Technologies raised $26 million in a third round of funding led by Canaan Venture Partners. With the latest round, Bellevue, Wash.-based MidStream has raised a total of $48 million–enough for a fully-funded business plan, said company President and CEO Ed Huguez.


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