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Forecast: Primary analog TV homes to drop 24 percent by '08

February 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

A surge of digital television services offered via satellite, cable and terrestrial operators will cause the number of homes that use analog terrestrial broadcasting as their primary TV service to drop 24 percent to 455 million by 2008. About 597 million homes leveraged analog broadcasting as their primary TV service last year.

Tollgrade snares Acterna's 'Cheetah' line for $14.3M

February 13, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Tollgrade Communications struck a deal to buy Acterna's Status and Performance Monitoring product line for $14.3 million in cash, plus certain liabilities. Those liabilities include a contingent payment, based on 2003 performance targets, to Acterna of up to $2.4 million. As part of the deal, Acterna said it will move 47 employees — mostly engineers and technicians — to Tollgrade, b...

Acterna, C-COR.net combine on networking testing, work order management

February 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

If two heads are better than one, then maybe the same can be said for a cable field technician device that can handle two important jobs instead of just one. To prove that point, Acterna and C-COR.net said they are integrating software applications on the way to creating one handheld device that handles both network testing and work order management.

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SCTE approved OCAP as standard No. 100

February 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers reached a milestone Thursday, approving the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) as its 100th cable telecommunications standard. Prepared as a standard by the SCTE's Cable Applications Platform Subcommittee, OCAP is a middleware stack for forthcoming OpenCable-based "hosts" such as set-tops and televisions.

Verso closes deal to acquire Clarent VoIP assets

February 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Verso Technologies Inc. has completed a $9.8 million deal to purchase substantially all the assets of Clarent Corp., a softswitch maker based in Redwood City, Calif. Clarent, which had filed for voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11, first announced the deal with Verso in mid-December 2002. With the deal closed, Verso said it would continue sales, development and support of Clarent's softsw...

Cable operator survey bullish on new services

February 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Cable subscribers can anticipate a slew of new digital services and technologies to become available on their networks over the next three years, according to new research released by Horowitz Associates, a broadband and new media research and consulting company. Horowitz's 10th anniversary edition of the "State of Cable & Broadband 2003" report features results of 170 interviews conducted ...

Ripley expands product line via acquisition

February 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Wire and prep tool manufacturer Ripley Company has acquired the proprietary products and intellectual assets of Amherst FiberOptics from Communication Dynamics Inc., the parent company of TVC Communications. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Beginning immediately, Ripley Company will be adding the fiber optic tools acquired in the acquisition to its Miller product line.

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Judge freezes Comcast complaint aimed at CSG

February 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A U.S. District Court judge has issued an order to stay a Comcast Corp. complaint filed against billing provider CSG Systems until both sides can issue a status report on their ongoing arbitration. The freeze is the latest skirmish to play out during long battle between Englewood, Colo.-based CSG and AT&T Broadband — which Comcast acquired in November — over a 15-year billing se...

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Cablevision adds spam filter, virus protection

February 12, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp., which ended 2002 with more than 770,000 Optimum Online high-speed data customers, said it will add value to its HSD service with a new set of services that filter spam and protect them from damaging viruses. Cablevision said it is offering the spam filter and e-mail virus protection features at no extra charge.

Kent to take reins of Classic Communications

February 11, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cequel III, an investment firm headed up by cable vet Jerry Kent, has made an investment in Classic Communications and will assume management of the MSO, the 12th-largest in the U.S. Tied to the deal, Cequel said it will relocate Classic's headquarters from Tyler, Texas, to St. Louis, Mo. Kent will serve as Classic's president and CEO.

Digital bundles drive Cox in Q4

February 11, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Citing strong demand for bundled digital services, Cox Communications reported fourth quarter net income of $179.6 million (28 cents per share), versus a loss of $105.2 million (18 cents per share) in the same period a year ago. The MSO also reported revenues of $1.34 billion, up 18 percent from $1.13 billion.

Comcast to spend $400M on Bay Area upgrade

February 11, 2003 7:00 pm | by Todd Wallack | Comments

Copyright 2003 The Chronicle Publishing Co. The San Francisco Chronicle...02/12/2003 Just months after taking over AT&T Broadband, Comcast Corp. executives have vowed to invest more than $400 million over the next two years in upgrading the Bay Area's aging cable television lines to carry more channels and offer high-speed Internet service throughout the region.

Core launches CableHome partnership program

February 11, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

OSS firm Core Networks has launched CoreDuet, a partnership program designed around the CableHome home networking specification. Core said the program will help the company formalize and foster cooperation between Core and companies that make CableHome-based hardware and software. Under the program, CoreDuet partners will collaborate with Core in product integration, testing, marketing and sales.

In-Stat: Lower costs drove 2002 802.11b shipments

February 11, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cheaper prices and more reliable equipment helped the 802.11b market achieve a stellar year in 2002, In-Stat/MDR reported. In-Stat, a sister company to CED, said it expects 2002 to end up with 11.6 million 802.11b shipments, up 65 percent over last year, while total home network shipments will grow 160 percent to 6.

Cablevision explores options for The Wiz; digital subs rise

February 10, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp., bringing to a close its grand retail plans, said Monday that it will exit the consumer electronics business by the second quarter, and explore options for its remaining 17 The Wiz stores. Possible options include a sale or outright closing of the stores. The move follows Cablevision's decision last year to close 26 unprofitable The Wiz outlets.

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