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

Yesterday; modems, today, digital set-tops

December 13, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Digital set-tops are poised for phenomenal growth. According to Allied Business Intelligence, the number of installed boxes will grow to 339 million by 2005. Yesterday, CED reported on the major growth of modems. Digital set-top growth can be attributed to the popularity of digital cable service. By 2005, the cable platform will account for 40 percent of the total worldwide installed based of d...

Online banking, no PC required

December 13, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

It could be another blow to the PC world. Scotiabank and Rogers Cable will offer Canadian subscribers an online banking method that doesn't require a PC. Subs have banking and brokerage information as well as Internet, e-mail and online shopping access through their TVs. A wireless keyboard lets Scotiabank customers flip between watching TV and surfing to reconciling statements and more via a c...

We'll do anything, just please say yes

December 13, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

This is a merger they really want, and they got it. FTC approval was given Thursday to the mega-merger between AOL and Time Warner (TW) after the two companies committed to opening their cable systems across the nation to their Internet competitors. This last move apparently satisfied Federal Trade Commission regulators that the deal is good for competition.

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Pace releases super fast set-top

December 12, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Pace is releasing its fastest ever ONdigital set-top box to viewers in the U.K. Now subscribers can zip from on-screen menus and programming to channel changing and email faster than before. The set-top also extends the marginal coverage area and makes reception more robust for ONdigital's digital terrestrial TV services, according to Pace.

Corning amplifying production

December 12, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Just a few weeks after Corning announced it was boosting its optical fiber production, the company is sinking $150 million into expanding production facilities in its Benton Park Plant in Benton Township, Pa., which will add approximately 2,000 jobs to the area. The plant there manufactures erbium-doped amplifier modules and dispersion compensation modules, which Corning wants to increase produ...

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DOCSIS cable modems taking off

December 12, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

DOCSIS certified cable modems are shipping like crazy, up 67 percent in the second half of 2000. According to Cable Datacom News, more than 2 million units shipped in 3Q. Motorola has shipped the most — 540,000 in North America and 310,00 internationally. However, Cahners In-Stat group predicts that the cable modem growth will continue but slow a bit in 4Q 2000.

IP VPN on the horizon

December 11, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Cable and Wireless and Nortel plan to unleash next-generation IP services in 80 countries over the next year. Nortel will supply Cable and Wireless with IP virtual private networks (VPN) management and infrastructure products, including personalized firewalls and customized extranets. Demand for IP VPN products and services will rise sharply, possibly as much as 606 percent, say research studie...

OpenTV publisher takes off

December 11, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

OpenTV has launched a new service that transfers Internet content to cable and satellite TV subs. OpenTV Publisher takes popular (sorry, you not-so-popular sites) Internet content and presents it on television. The content looks made-for-TV, rather than just the plastering of Web pages on a TV screen.

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Chinese broadband network growth continues

December 11, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Chinese broadband network penetration continues to grow. Century Vision Network has inked a deal with three new joint ventures to further introduce China to broadband cable services. The three new ventures in the Shaanxi, Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces bring Century Vision Networks' projects to a total of five, as well as adding another 10 million subscribers.

It'satrend…

December 11, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Stellar One has incorporated Tvia's CyberPro 5055 processor into the Stellar ConnectTV3000 broadband set-top box so users can see TV shows and Internet content displayed on their standard TV sets. ConnectTV is the link between the TV set and the network that delivers services like VOD, e-mail, video mail, i-gaming, PVR and karaoke.

Zenith's new star

December 11, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

For those who really want to sit on the couch to surf the 'Net, Zenith's new 27-inch TV with a built-in Internet dial-up connection is for you. For just 600 bucks, you can connect to the Web while not missing a frame of your favorite programs. Users will be able to take advantage of e-mail and online shopping too.

It's a trend…

December 11, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Stellar One has incorporated Tvia's CyberPro 5055 processor into the Stellar ConnectTV3000 broadband set-top box so users can see TV shows and Internet content displayed on their standard TV sets. ConnectTV is the link between the TV set and the network that delivers services like VOD, e-mail, video mail, i-gaming, PVR and karaoke.

Altrio moving forward

December 10, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Altrio, the over builder that CED introduced in October, has filed its application to provide telecommunications services over an open-video system in Pasadena, Calif. Altrio plans to negotiate an agreement with the city to let it compete with Charter Communications for the 58,000 homes on the map. Altrio's goal is to eventually serve approximately 3 million subs in Southern California.

TiVo users get HBO benefit

December 10, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Ipreview, you preview…if you have TiVo and get HBO, you can take advantage of a new service. Combination/HBO users will soon be able to use TiVo's Ipreview service to get customized access to HBO's Network Showcase programming, and record the programs directly from the promo previews. Subs click on the TiVo remote and the Ipreview service will record the HBO stuff they like.

PowerTV gets a boost

December 10, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

PowerTV is boosting its iTV software with a partnership with SoftConnex. PowerTV will integrate SoftConnex's USB host stack into its iTV operating system. It will be the first major set-top box operating system to include a full USB host stack. The company is planning for the future when MP3 players, printers, digital cameras and other home networked peripherals will be linked through the set-top.

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