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

Three sign controversial PHILA license

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Potentially accelerating the market for retail set-tops, three box manufacturers have signed CableLabs' controversial POD-Host Interface License Agreement (PHILA), a key copyright protection element for set-tops based on the OpenCable specification.In a document filed with the Federal Communications Commission, CableLabs said Pace Micro Technology plc signed the agreement on Dec.

Astound picks WorldGate to push iTV

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Overbuilder Astound Broadband (a.k.a. Seren Innovations) inked a deal with WorldGate to offer interactive television services to customers by the first quarter of this year. The new service, dubbed "Astound iTV," will enable customers to surf the Web, access local content and send and receive e-mail via their televisions.

Motorola synchronizes transmission play

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In a deal expected to bolster Motorola Broadband's fiber optic transmission portfolio for voice, video and data services, Motorola Inc. has closed its stock-for-stock acquisition of San Jose, Calif.-based Synchronous Inc. Synchronous, now part of Motorola Broadband's Transmission Network Systems (TNS) unit, will help Motorola fill some technical gaps, particularly in the area of 1550 nm d...

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OpenTV finally reaches HITS deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In what was one of the worst kept secrets in the broadband world, OpenTV Corp. finally secured its interactive hunting license with AT&T's Headend In The Sky. News of the impending deal first surfaced last July when OpenTV officials said they were in discussions with HITS. Under the multi-year deal, OpenTV will provide HITS with its thin-client middleware and a bundle of iTV applicat...

More modems emerge certified following wave 20

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs said it handed out passing grades to seven more DOCSIS 1.1 cable modems in certification wave 20, pushing that total to nine. However, CableLabs did not qualify any additional cable modem termination systems during the wave, after awarding passing grades in the previous wave, to Arris' Cornerstone CMTS 1500 and Cadant Inc.

MSOs tout home security

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications and Cox Communications said they will begin "limited" marketing of Security Broadband Corp.'s SafeVillage system, respectively, in Sarasota, Fla. and Las Vegas, Nev. Though both MSOs mark the first to introduce Security Broadband's next-gen product, Cox conducted a technical, alpha trial with the start-up last year in Las Vegas.

CableLabs publishes OCAP, fine-tunes DOCSIS 2.0

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Polishing up a slate of work being done behind the scenes, CableLabs recently published the middleware specifications for OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) version 1.0, and completed the advanced DOCSIS 2.0 spec. OCAP 1.0, available to manufacturers and content developers at www.opencable.com, represents the software element of OpenCable, an initiative designed to foster the sale of c...

CacheVision bows DVR set-top modules

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Expanding its digital video recorder technology portfolio, CacheVision Inc. has introduced a new line of DVR modules tagged for integration with consumer electronics appliances and set-top boxes. The CacheVision CVM-3000, which can record up to 120 hours of audio and video, is a "plug-and-play" module for everything from televisions, DVD players and cable and satellite receivers, the comp...

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TiVo adds streaming component via RealNetworks deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Adding further proof that digital video recorders aren't just about "video" anymore, TiVo Inc. said its digital video recorder customers will be able to download, personalize, manage and play music, streaming video and other content following a deal with RealNetworks Inc. Under terms of the multi-year agreement, TiVo will incorporate RealNetworks' RealOne Player and RealOne Music platform...

MTV to make PCs that rock

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

MTV: Music Television has partnered with OEM computer manufacturer Lan Plus to introduce a new line of PCs and PC-based gear designed for the "entertainment savvy" MTV demographic. Planned for a Spring 2002 release, MTV's PCs will come equipped with components to allow consumers to watch TV, play DVD movies, listen to and burn CDs, tune in to their home stereos and browse the Internet.

ARC/Cogent merger gets OK; Cogent to trade on AMEX

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Allied Riser Communications Corp.'s stockholders approved its merger with a Cogent Communications Group Inc. unit, after a judge denied a motion to block the deal. Dallas-based Allied Riser provides broadband data, video and voice services to small- and medium-sized businesses. Holders of its convertible subordinated notes due 2007 filed the motion for a preliminary injunction, which was denied...

Teledesic turns to Italian satellite maker

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Under a new deal, Italian satellite maker Alenia Spazio SpA will build satellites for Teledesic LLC's global broadband Internet-in-the-Sky satellite communications network. Financial terms were not disclosed. Teledesic developed a new constellation design of 30 medium-Earth-orbit satellites, it says.

Weather Network gets the Wink; CSG extends TWC deal

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Under a new deal, Canada's The Weather Network will use broadcasting technology from Wink Communications that gives viewers access to "forecast conditions of their choice, 24 hours a day," Wink says. Users also can see commercials, ask for more information or buy directly from the advertiser via their remotes.

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Roseville finishes phase one of FTTH rollout

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Just slightly behind its Q4 schedule, Roseville Telephone finished phase one of its fiber-to-the-home program in certain Roseville, Calif., neighborhoods. Roseville, a California-based unit of SureWest Communications, says the program extends its existing fiber-to-the-curb infrastructure to Del Webb's Sun City Roseville Community and parts of the Highland Reserve and Diamond Oaks neighborhoods.

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Microsoft to roll out multiplayer gaming service

January 31, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After selling about 1.5 million gaming consoles between Nov. 15 and the end of 2001, Microsoft Corp., maker of the Xbox, said it plans to roll out the machine's multiplayer gaming service in the first half of 2002. Cable operators have noted that the Xbox, in a massive, multiplayer environment, could give rise to a variety of bandwidth management and provisioning issues.

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