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Charter puts VOD into orbit with TVN

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After signing two video-on-demand server deals in the wake of Diva Systems' bankruptcy, Charter Communications Inc. said it will answer the content side of the VOD equation via a deal with TVN Entertainment Corp. Under terms of the deal, TVN will encode on-demand content for the MSO from its Digital Network Operations Center and transport VOD titles and subscription-VOD content via TVN's Secur...

Narad speeds SMB with IBM

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Narad Networks hopes to give its commercial broadband over cable plans a big boost following a new alliance with IBM. Under terms of the deal, IBM and Narad will team on an open standards-based architecture designed to give cable operators an easy way to offer broadband services to small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs).

Study bullish on DVR

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Digital storage and personalization will continue to lead the way as the digital video recorder (DVR) market reaches 28.6 million users (and 28 percent of all U.S. TV homes) by 2008, The Carmel Group predicted during last month's Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) confab in Boston, Mass.

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With S-A on deck, Digeo hits two-for-two

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Digeo Inc., a division of Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures, has struck a deal with Scientific-Atlanta to create a home media center that operates Digeo's Moxi platform. Corporate cousin Charter Communications will be the first to deploy the Moxi-powered Explorer MC when it becomes commercially available in 2003.

Time Warner gives Gig E a chance in Green Bay

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Latching onto a platform that is quickly gaining steam, Time Warner Cable is giving Gigabit Ethernet a shot over ASI (asynchronous serial interface) to support its video-on-demand rollout in Green Bay, Wis. "Gig E is evolving and will be a [strong] transport medium as we grow streams out of the headend," said Reggie Workman, the MSO's vice president of engineering.

Com21 gets a late break on DOCSIS 1.1

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CableLabs awarded DOCSIS 1.1- certification to Com21 Inc.'s DOXport 1110XB cable modem last month, nearly a month after the end of certification wave 22. The Louisville, Colo.-based R&D house historically has given certification and qualification nods to equipment weeks after the end of testing waves.

Comcast to dial up IP in Philly

July 31, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Comcast is moving on plans to offer residential primary-line IP telephony service to customers in its home town of Philadelphia, Pa. by the second quarter of 2003. To fuel those plans, the MSO is installing Arris' DOCSIS 1.1-qualified C4 cable modem termination system. Comcast added that it has completed a variety of technical lab trials of IP telephony service, and has concluded that the tech...

Cox tabs Motorola for next-gen cable modems

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cabler Cox Communications Inc. posted strong subscriber growth in the second quarter. As part of its commitment to continue the subscriber growth trend, the company said it has named Motorola Broadband Communications Sector as a preferred vendor of next-generation cable modems. Motorola will supply Cox with the SURFboard SB4200 and the SB4220 cable modems.

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WorldGate inks iTV content deal

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Interactive television is not all about fun and games, it can be used to deliver the latest news, too. WorldGate is looking to satisfy digital cable subscribers' need to be in "the know" through an iTV content deal with The Associated Press. The partnership will deliver a 24/7 updated news and information service to WorldGate's iTV subscriber base systems in Canada, the United States and Latin ...

Verizon scales back outlook

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Verizon Communications Inc. has cut its outlook for 2002, citing the ongoing economic downturn. In its revised guidance, the company said it expects revenue to be flat or down 1 percent compared to last year, as opposed to flat or up 1 percent. Verizon has pared its capital expenditures from as much as $15 billion, to as little as $13 billion.

Study: DSL recovery could come in 2003

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Although the DSL access equipment market will continue to suffer this year, the market may be offered some reprieve next year, according to one industry analysis. DSL access equipment sales are expected to dip to $4.1 billion, a 26 percent drop from the numbers posted in 2001, according to industry researcher Dell'Oro Group.

Comdisco gears up for bankruptcy exit

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Comdisco Inc.'s reorganization plan has been given the green light by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The company expects to emerge from Chapter 11 in August. The plan calls for Comdisco to spend up to three years to wind down the company's remaining assets. The sell-off is expected to bring roughly 90 percent recovery to its creditors.

FCC chairman offers plan for telecom turnaround

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Vikas Bajaj | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Dallas Morning News The Dallas Morning News…07/31/2002 From LexisNexis The nation's top telecommunications regulator defended his market-based policies before a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday and said the beleaguered industry needed consolidation, new services and regulatory changes to recover.

TV makers may face mandate on digital receivers

July 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Paul Davidson | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…07/31/2002 From LexisNexis In an effort to jump-start the languid rollout of digital TV, federal regulators next week are expected to require all new TV sets to include digital receivers by 2006, say people familiar with the matter. TV makers say the mandate would boost the price of a TV by about $200, dampening sales.

EarthLink tops broadband add estimates

July 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Despite fierce competition in the broadband space, EarthLink Inc. surpassed its quarterly subscriber estimates for its high-speed Internet service, adding 72,000 customers during the second quarter. The uptick in broadband subscribers help offset a 6 percent year-over-year dip in dial-up customers. The company's second-quarter net loss shrank from $98.

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