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S-A snaps up Arris' 'Actives' biz for $37.5 million

November 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta Inc. aid it will buy Arris ' "Actives" portion of its transmission, optical and outside plant business for $37.5 million. Arris' Actives portion of the business includes laser transmitters, optical nodes and RF amplifiers, and generated $44 million in revenue for 2002, as of Sept. 30.

Charter offers FullAudio digital music service

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

While illegal and copyright infringing digital file sharing services continue to proliferate out on the World Wide Web, broadband providers are on a path to provide structured, legal programs for their customers to enjoy digital media through the use of their broadband connections. Charter Communications is providing exactly that, with today's launch of the FullAudio Digital Music Service to ab...

Motorola is ready to serve with NETsolutions

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

As network operators continue to build out complex broadband networks around the world, Motorola Broadband has created a dedicated consulting division to help operators with network design and deployment issues along the way. The new service-based business unit, dubbed the Motorola NETsolutions Group, was set up to help operators evaluate current network infrastructure, and further recommend an...


Comcast picks Arris CMTS for S.E. Michigan

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications said it has deployed two Cadant C4 cable modem termination systems in southeast Michigan to support the MSO's "next-generation" data deployments there. The C4, built by Arris, is qualified for DOCSIS 1.1, a CableLabs ( specification that serves as the underpinnings of the cable industry's PacketCable infrastructure for voice-over-IP and othe...

CTHRA Study: Despite tough environment, cable pay practices unchanged

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Companies in the cable sector have been under increased pressure and scrutiny over the past year, but a new study measuring compensation trends shows that pay practices at the top cable companies haven't drastically changed during that time. The research, which marks the 16th annual compensation study from the Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHRA), examines pay trends...

FCC greenlights MeshNetworks gear

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

MeshNetworks Inc., the architect of a burgeoning "mobile" broadband-enabled Internet, said the Federal Communications Commission has approved its wireless broadband product line, including an access point and wireless router. The milestone will allow MeshNetworks to "offer low-cost, high-performance ad hoc peer-to-peer mobile broadband and 802.

Harmonic expands optical node family

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Harmonic Inc. has expanded its PWRBlazer family of optical nodes with a new model designed to enhance last-mile cable network capacity and availability. The PWRBlazer III, designed for installation and maintenance on a wall or in an enclosure, is tagged for the European cable market, a region that makes extensive use of street cabinets, the company said.

CEA, cable industry to submit interoperability standards

November 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Consumer Electronics…11/11/2002 LexisNexis Consumer electronic and cable industries are expected to submit proposed DTV interoperability standards to the FCC this week, setting the stage for the introduction of the first sets with POD (point of development) modules by late 2003, industry sources said.


Canadians get ready for DTV rollout

November 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Ian Edwards | Comments

Copyright 2002 Brunico Communications, Inc. Playback…11/11/2002 By year-end, almost 600,000 Canadian households will have HDTVs, with that number doubling in each of the next four years. More specifically, 2.8 million or about 25 percent of Canadian homes will have HDTV by 2006, says the Consumer Electronics Marketers of Canada, and the DTV adoption rate in Canada surpasses that of the pe...

Knology blames rate increase on high programming fees

November 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Overbuilder Knology Inc. said it is raising cable rates in the range of 10–15 percent, attributing the increase to high programming fee hikes. Knology said the rate increase will affect customers in its Southeastern markets, including Columbus and Augusta, Ga.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Montgomery and Huntsville, Ala.

Charter gets game via Digeo platform

November 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

MSO Charter Communications has adding gaming to its interactive channel lineup through the Digeo Basic iTV service, making it available to more than 650,000 digital Charter subscribers. The interactive games channel, called i-Games, is the latest addition to Charter's interactive i-Channel service, which is available in 18 digital Charter markets from Massachusetts to California.

TiVo, Sonicblue quit legal wrangling

November 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Late Friday, digital video recorder makers TiVo and Sonicblue announced that the two were putting their legal differences aside, and dismissing the patent infringement claims each had filed against the other. Specifically, each side will dismiss intellectual property infringement complaints filed in U.

Movielink 'soft launch' could usher in VOD competition for cable

November 10, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Movielink LLC pushed forward today with the "soft launch" of its highly-anticipated, broadband-friendly Internet video-on-demand service today, initially rolling out to a limited number of customers whose feedback will be used to refine the service. The Movielink service initially features titles from its suppliers and backers, including studios such as MGM, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal ...

HDTV leaps 'last hurdle' in transition; Deal sets standard, allows cable boxes to be built into TVs

November 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Paul Davidson | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…11/08/2002 LexisNexis TV makers and cable companies have tentatively reached a landmark agreement aimed at kick-starting the tepid rollout of digital high-definition TV (HDTV) — and eventually eliminating the need for cable set-top boxes, say people close to the matter.

NCTA: Cable-CE agreement on digital TV 'premature'

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

In response to Friday's USA Today article, NCTA President and CEO Robert Sachs said in a prepared statement that negotiations between cable operators and TV manufacturers "concerning 'plug and play' DTVs continue on a constructive path…[but] it is premature and inappropriate for any of the parties to comment on these ongoing negotiations.


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