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Broadband Plus show adds Rogers, Rutledge to speaker lineup

November 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

In advance of the upcoming Broadband Plus show, hosted by the California Cable & Telecommunications Association in December in Anaheim, Calif., show officials added some more high-profile executives to the speaker lineup. Comcast Corp.'s Brian Roberts heads this year's list of industry speakers, but show organizers also announced the addition of: Tom Rutledge, president of Cablevision Syste...

RPR moves to working group ballot

November 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Resilient Packet Ring Alliance said RPR reached a technical milestone after the 2.0 version of the draft standard was been approved for working group ballot. Specifically, the IEEE 802.17 RPR working group approved the RPR standard for balloting, signifying that the draft is mature enough to justify taking a formal vote, the alliance said.

MovieFlix touts membership figures

November 17, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In an attempt to steal some thunder from last week's "soft launch" of studio-supported MovieLink service, MovieFlix said Monday that it has registered more than 800,000 members who are consuming a total of roughly 4 million movie streams per month. MovieFlix, founded in 1998, offers more than 2,700 titles, including Hollywood "classics," independent films, short films and TV shows.


Adelphia executive pleads guilty to fraud

November 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2002 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network, Inc. The Bulletin's Frontrunner…11/15/2002 LexisNexis The Washington Post (11/15, E4, Masters) reports, "A former executive with Adelphia Communications Corp. broke ranks with the cable company's founders yesterday, pleading guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges and agreeing to testify against members of the Rigas family.

Xbox Live goes live today

November 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Microsoft Corp. 's highly anticipated, broadband-only Xbox Live service went live today in the U.S. and Canada. More than 10,000 retailers began selling the Xbox Live Starter Kit today. The kit, priced at $49.99, includes a communications headset that allows Xbox gaming console owners to talk with competitors over high-speed lines.

Roxio picks up the Napster scraps

November 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

It seems only fitting that the leading provider of CD- and DVD-burning software would scoop up the company that sparked the whole Internet music movement. Digital media software company Roxio Inc. said it would acquire all the substantial assets of Napster Inc., in exchange for just $5 million in cash and 100,000 warrants to purchase Roxio common stock.

Losses widen, revenues drop at OpenTV

November 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Interactive-television software developer OpenTV reported a wider third-quarter loss yesterday, as sales for interactive applications and platforms were nearly cut in half. The numbers weren't pretty: OpenTV announced a net loss of $563.1 million, or $7.81 per share, compared to a loss of $118.5 million, or $1.

The 'G' in GigE stands for 'growth'

November 14, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Gigabit Ethernet port shipments shot up 12 percent in the third quarter of the year to more than 1.8 million, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit sequential growth, reported research firm Dell'Oro Group. GigE is quickly becoming a transport method of choice for cable operators that are attempting to widen their on-demand libraries and create a more centralized (and more cost-...


Study: VOD prices are too high

November 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Although several cable operators are rolling out video-on-demand services at a break-neck pace, the price charged for that content remains too high — a practice that could carve into their revenues, according to one analysis. Innovista Research, author of a new VOD study, said the optimal price for recently-released movie-on-demand titles is less than $4.

EchoStar reports revenue Increase, sub adds

November 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

As its proposed merger with DirecTV hangs by a thread, satellite pay TV provider EchoStar Communications showed continued growth in both revenue and number of subscribers in its third quarter results. Total revenue at the company for the latest quarter increased 20 percent from the same period a year ago, reaching approximately $1.

Hoops fans to get more NBA action via RealNetworks

November 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Fans of the National Basketball Association will see more NBA content online this year, and much of it will be available through RealNetworks ' RealOne player, it was announced. NBA Commissioner David Stern unveiled online programming packages under the brand NBA Inside Ticket on, a multimedia subscription service featuring NBA games, highlights, analysis and features.

A step in online gaming race

November 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Monty Phan | Comments

Copyright 2002 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)…11/14/2002 Microsoft 's approach to its new Xbox Live online game network sounds like a video game itself: crawl, walk and run. The first phase in the software giant's $2 billion commitment to online gaming begins tomorrow, when the $50 Xbox Live starter kits - containing the tools to allow Xbox owners to connect to other players over th...

Cable pioneer Harry Sadel passes away

November 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Harry Sadel, the founder and chairman of Englewood, N.J.-based Sadelco Inc., maker of cable and broadband system testing gear, died on Monday, Oct. 11. Sadel, a cable pioneer who got his start in the business in Canada during the 1950s, moved to the U.S. and formed Sadelco in 1960. Primarily self-taught, Sadel's innovations included the first digital signal level meter and the use of white nois...

N2 Broadband bows new VOD tech services

November 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

On-demand service developer N2 Broadband has unveiled two new services to help cable operators optimize video-on-demand network performance and minimize down time in multi-vendor on-demand environments. These services complement existing offerings from N2 Broadband's Professional Services Group, which supports the deployment and management of VOD and other on-demand services for the cable indus...

Toshiba the Latest CE TiVo Licensee

November 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Home entertainment and CE gear maker Toshiba America Inc. will license digital video recording (DVR) technology from market leader TiVo, presumably for integration into a series of new devices for the consumer entertainment market. Toshiba will unveil a preview of the TiVo-integrated products at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, and expects to have a full line of D...


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