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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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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 ...

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.

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.

Adelphia Business Solutions wins Penn State contract

November 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Penn State University has contracted Adelphia Business Solutions to upgrade its high-speed, point-to-point connection between its University Park campus and a major Internet point of presence located in Pittsburgh. ABS upgraded two OC-3 connections it had previously installed to an OC-12, which is being installed this month.

C-COR expects wider loss, headcount reduction

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

Broadband communications gear maker C-COR.net Corp. has revised its previous guidance for the current quarter, and announced that it expects to see a wider than expected loss. The company said it expects net sales for the second quarter of fiscal year 2003 to be between $49 million and $53 million, revised downward from previous estimates.

Gemstar-TV Guide finalizes changes at the top

November 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Dffy Hayes | Comments

Two of the top executive spots at interactive guide provider Gemstar-TV Guide have new people filling the posts, and the news was made official today. Out is Dr. Henry Yuen, a former patent attorney and co-founder of the company who has held the chairman and CEO top spot since August 1994. Also out is Elsie Leung, the company's chief financial officer.

SeaChange denies wrongdoing in secondary stock offering

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

SeaChange International Inc. said it was served today with a proposed securities class action lawsuit alleging that the video-on-demand and digital ad-insertion vendor presented "materially inaccurate" information in a prospectus the company issued in connection with a secondary stock offering completed in January 2002.

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