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

ICTV's last stand: HeadendWare

April 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

ICTV Inc. awakened from its public slumber Monday with the commercial availability of HeadendWare, a software platform designed to deliver iTV services and applications originally tagged for advanced digital set-tops — such as the DCT-5000 — to millions of already-deployed "thin-client" digital boxes.

S-A's Explorer 8000 adds PVR functionality

April 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The Explorer 8000 Home Entertainment Server from Scientific-Atlanta is getting smarter by the day, with new functionalities being added to the advanced digital receiver in a variety of applications. Following that evolutionary line, S-A announced the integration of some Personal Video Recorder (PVR) technologies from a couple of software and service vendors.

Charter gains on better-than-expected results

April 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Street has something to smile about. Charter Communications Inc. beat analysts' consensus first-quarter loss estimates by several cents. The news gave Charter's stock a lift in early trading today. The cabler lost $174.2 million, or 59 cents a share, which was ahead of analysts' on average loss estimate of 74 cents a share, according to Thomson Financial/First Call.

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Fox gives Mickey the slip

April 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

With the Department of Justice scrutinizing some Hollywood studios' plan to get into the video-on-demand game, News Corp.'s Fox Entertainment Group is pulling out of a joint venture VOD deal with Walt Disney Co. "After considering the potential regulatory process and logistical issues and carefully examining technological and marketplace developments, (Fox) determined that the joint venture was...

Netergy lends VoIP technology to Zipp Network

April 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Washington State is building a high-speed network that will reach 6,000 homes this year, and Netergy Microelectronics Inc.'s voice-over-IP technology will be used to deliver VoIP services in this first public utility district fiber-to-the-home network. The Zipp (Zealous Innovators of Public Power) Network is being designed to deliver high-speed Internet, IP telephony and digital video services ...

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Jedai rolls out new GigE access

April 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Getting enterprise customers on net with optical Ethernet access solutions is a goal network operators may be closer to meeting with the release of a new access switch router from start-up Jedai Broadband Networks. Jedai announced that its FrontRunner 3200 intelligent edge access switch router, which also includes integrated TDM telephony capability, is available to the market after extensive l...

Study: P2P growth draining corporate bandwidth and wallets

April 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Peer-to-peer Web sites grew 535 percent over the last 12 months, potentially creating myriad legal and bandwidth problems, Websense Inc. warned in a recent analysis. P2P file sharing and file transfer Web sites spiked to nearly 38,000 pages, according to Websense. Moreover, 30 percent of CNET's "most popular" software download list is comprised of P2P applications.

Tut Systems announces VDSL rebranding deals

April 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

New Very High Speed DSL technologies are advancing the market for edge aggregation equipment, potentially enabling the connection of thousands of unserved multi-tenant (MTU) and multi-dwelling (MDU) buildings. One of the leaders in providing the new edge switching gear based on VDSL is Tut Systems, and the company has announced a couple of rebranding agreements which should enable the distribut...

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Charter signs Concurrent as second VOD source

April 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications has inked a deal with Concurrent Computer Corp. as its second source for video-on-demand servers and software. Concurrent said Charter will use its MediaHawk VOD system in "several markets this year." The news helped send Concurrent stock up more than 17 percent to $6.60 per share in mid-day trading Friday.

USA Broadband, Las Americas merge

April 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Why go it alone, when you can have a partner? USA Broadband Inc. and Las Americas Broadband Inc. are subscribing to this sentiment. The companies have agreed to combine their operations to strengthen their service offering in California and Mexico. USA Broadband, a provider of digital television and high-speed Internet services, believes the merger will enable it to build on progress made by La...

Report: AOL Considers TWC Stake Sale

April 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Just one day after posting a $54 billion loss in the first quarter, AOL Time Warner Inc. reportedly is mulling an IPO for a minority stake in its Time Warner Cable unit. If a public stock offering does occur, the publicly traded unit would be worth roughly $45 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.

ITV Digital assets put on the block

April 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Erich Boehm | Comments

Copyright 2002 Reed Elsevier Inc. Daily Variety…04/26/2002 From LexisNexis LONDON — ITV Digital's administrators admitted they failed to find funding for the crippled pay service and put its assets up for sale Thursday. The news ends the world's first digital terrestrial pay TV venture, and it is a blow to the U.

Management shifts at SONICblue

April 25, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Following on its announcement of a new retail-service pricing strategy for its ReplayTV line of Personal Video Recorders (PVRs), SONICblue has also announcing some management restructuring to better focus on marketing initiatives, the company said. Greg Ballard was announced as the company's executive vice president of marketing and product management, where he'll report to chairman and CEO Ken...

Q1 brings weak results for WorldCom

April 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Falling victim to a slowdown in telecom spending, lost e-business and competitive pricing pressures, WorldCom Inc.'s year-over-year profit sank in the first quarter. Including results from its MCI Group, WorldCom earnings dipped from $594 million a year ago to $130 million. The company's data and Internet business, dubbed WorldCom Group, reported a net profit of $184 million, or 6 cents a share.

LSI, iVAST chip in on MPEG-4

April 24, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

LSI Logic Corp. said it has inked a joint development deal with iVAST to create silicon capable of encoding, publishing and decoding content based on low-bit-rate MPEG-4 technology. Under the deal, LSI will incorporate iVAST's MPEG-4 software platform in its DoMiNo network media processors. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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