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

PowerTV to enable Internet e-mail printing via ITV

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

PowerTV has announced agreements with four computer printer manufacturers to capitalize on the escalating consumer demand for printing Internet e-mail via interactive TV. The agreement calls for PowerTV to develop the architecture, technical requirements and implementation plan to support printer hardware

Tellabs buys Future Networks

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Tellabs will acquire Future Networks for $181 million in cash, enabling Tellabs to provide cable operators with a multi-services solution based on Internet Protocol. Tellabs has more than 1.3 million lines deployed in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. The Cablespan system delivers voice, data and video to homes using a single connection to a cable network.

Pioneer announces 1M set-tops sold

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pioneer announced last month that 1 million Voyager digital set-tops have been sold since 1999. Pioneer's announcement complements its deployment of 1.3 million copies of ITV Passport. The latest version, the Voyager 3000 set-top, is powered by Broadcom's "system-on-a-chip" single chip MPEG processor.

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Nortel announces new Web service strategy

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Nortel Networks is introducing new technology that allows telecommunications service providers and media and Internet content companies to provide new Web-based services to customers. Nortel representatives says its networking devices and software will allow Internet service providers and 'Net content companies to offer new content-based services, such as the ability to download movies from th...

Broadcom delivers first single-chip IP phone solution

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadcom Corp. has announced the BCM1100 Internet Protocol Phone Engine, the world's first single-chip solution for enabling Ethernet IP telephones. The BCM1100 will enable manufacturers to deliver IP phones with the features and price levels required for large-scale deployment of desktop IP telephony.

TiVo partners with AOL

February 28, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

TiVo has expanded its existing strategic relationship with AOL to include an enhanced multi-million-dollar marketing and promotional campaign with AOL Time Warner. Under this agreement, TiVo will be promoted across AOL Time Warner online, print and television media properties, which will focus on educating consumers about the popular TiVo personal television service.

PayForView.com streaming conferences

February 26, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Web-based entertainment and advertising company PayForView.com, is entering into B2B partnerships to stream professional conferences on its site using its streaming media and triggered content template. So while company budgets may be spared the T & E expenses of sending employees to conferences, there will still be a per-use or subscription fee charged for virtual attendance.

BroadJump trucks with Time Warner

February 26, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

BroadJump has inked another deal for its Virtual Truck self-provisioning technology. Time Warner plans to launch the Virtual Truck Qualifier in 17 of its markets. Time Warner will re-brand the technology as Road Runner System Qualifier. The technology can determine if potential subscribers have the necessary computing resources to support a broadband connection.

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Scientific-Atlanta hosts iTV forum

February 26, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta 's first consortium, the CreativEdge Developer's Conference, brought together 68 interactive TV developers to discuss iTV applications and how cable operators can maintain an advantage over DBS in offering new services. "The goal of this developer's conference is to accelerate the deployment of interactive TV services by giving developers the opportunity to collaborate with e...

Agere develops agile chip

February 26, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Agere Systems has developed a low-power ringing subscriber line interface circuit (SLIC) chip that connects directly to Broadcom Corp.'s customer premise equipment (CPE) chips for VoIP solutions. The low-power SLIC chip provides the interface between a standard, in-home telephone set and other communications equipment, such as cable modems and residential or small-office and home-office (SOHO) ...

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Commerce.TV reels in Adelphia

February 25, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Meeting ever increasing demand for interactive TV, Adelphia cable subscribers will be getting interactive television services from Commerce.TV Adelphia expects to deploy the interactive platform to its digital cable subscribers as part of its standard digital TV package by the end of the year. Adelphia has approximately 5.

InfoSpace and ICTV do interactive deal

February 25, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

InfoSpace and ICTV have hooked up to design, optimize and deliver InfoSpace's broadband services and iTV applications through ICTV's digital broadband platform. According to the companies, InfoSpace plans to integrate a number of its broadband services and iTV applications with the ICTV digital broadband platform, including applications like search and reference and finance and games.

Cox buying a whole lot of set-tops

February 25, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Cox is making a volume purchase of Scientific-Atlanta Explorer advanced set-tops. The number two MSO plans to purchase at least 240,000 of S-A's Explorer 2100 digital interactive set-tops in 2001. The digital box offers enhanced features the company thinks is sure to whet subscribers' appetite for interactive TV applications.

TyCom ahead of schedule

February 25, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

TyCom 's transatlantic portion of the TyCom Global Network (TGN), scheduled to be placed in service in July 2001, will reach increased capacity sooner than expected and able to meet demand for larger bandwidth increments, including wavelengths. The upgrade to 560 gigabits per second, which will double initial capacity, will be in place by the first half of 2002, approximately one year ahead of ...

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COAX and Integra5 team up

February 22, 2001 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Headend and networking products manufacturer Coax and Integra5, a developer of unified messaging, are blending their technologies to develop UniTVO, a broadband messaging application using Coax's programmable headend architecture. "Our MISTICO headend router and Integra5's UniTVO content-aware gateway will operate with a variety of existing set-top boxes and will require no additional customer ...

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