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

CommScope re-ups with Bechtel

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

CommScope Inc. said it has extended its supply agreement with Bechtel Corp. through 2003 for undisclosed financial terms. Under the new deal, CommScope will supply Bechtel's telecom unit with "Cell Reach" wireless products and other telecommunications cables. CommScope said those products will be used to support Bechtel's construction of domestic and international wireless telecom networks.

Cable, CE industry find common ground on 'plug-and-play' DTV

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Following months of negotiations and weeks of rumors that the sides were closing in on finding common ground, several top U.S. cable MSOs and more than a dozen consumer electronics companies finally agreed on how to offer digital programming over cable lines to current and future digital televisions without the need for a set-top box.

Gotuit banks on 'slice and dice' DVR software

January 31, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Gotuit Media Corp., an Andover, Mass.-based company that makes software for digital video recorders and video-on-demand applications, said it raised $6 million, led by Highland Capital Partners. The cash infusion marked the first institutional round for the start-up, which has raised just over $8 million so far, a company spokeswoman said.

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Revenues drop, losses widen at Terayon

January 30, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Broadband equipment supplier Terayon Communication Systems said fourth quarter revenues dropped 68 percent to $25 million, and its net loss widened to $20.5 million (28 cents per share) versus $6.2 million (9 cents per share) in the same year period. For the fiscal year, Terayon reported revenues of $129.

Verizon seeks stay in digital music case

January 30, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Verizon has filed a motion in federal court that aims to stay a recent ruling that ordered the company to reveal the identity of one of its Internet subs to the Recording Industry Association of America. In that case, the RIAA, which represents labels such as Warner Music, Sony Music, Universal Music Group and EMI Group, wants Verizon to hand over information on customer who allegedly downloade...

Survey: 33% of U.S. broadband homes looking to buy home net gear

January 30, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Almost one-third of all U.S. broadband homes are "interested" in purchasing a home networking product this year, according to a new study from Park Associates. The study, which surveyed 10,500 U.S. Internet homes (4,500 narrowband and 6,000 broadband), said the momentum is due in large part to the marketing efforts of service providers and retailers and a strong consumer interest in networking ...

Internet usage usurping TV time, study finds

January 30, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Staff Thanks to higher Internet usage, people are spending less and less time in front of the boob tube. The third annual nationwide survey on Internet and media usage from the University of California-Los Angeles' Center for Communication Policy reported that Internet users spent almost five hours less watching television than their non-Internet counterparts.

Kanakaris offers DVD rebates to Internet VOD subscribers

January 30, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

In an effort to pre-empt new digital movie-delivery services such as Movielink and to take advantage of white-hot DVD adoption, Kanakaris Wireless, which operates Internet VOD site CinemaPop.com, said it will offer to its paid monthly subscribers a 25 percent discount on the suggested retail price of DVDs.

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AOL-TW shares drop on forecast

January 30, 2003 7:00 pm | by Harry Berkowitz | Comments

Copyright 2003 Newsday Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)...01/31/2003 AOL Time Warner's stock price plunged 14 percent yesterday as investors reacted to news that the world's biggest media company posted a $99 billion loss for 2002 and that recovery is not imminent. The stock price closed yesterday at $12 per share, off $1.

AOLTW digests gigantic loss; Ted Turner to step down

January 29, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2003 P.G. Publishing Co. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...01/30/2003 BRIAN BERGSTEIN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fourth-quarter losses skyrocketed at AOL Time Warner Inc. after a staggering $45.5 billion charge to account for the struggling media conglomerate's plunging value. The company also announced yesterday that former cable TV mogul Ted Turner was stepping down as vice chairman.

Hughes Europe signs another Direcway reseller

January 29, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Plans at satellite company Hughes Network Systems are to launch a new Ka-band two-way satellite broadband service called Spaceway next year to enterprise customers, but its European subsidiary is still signing up resellers for its Ku-band-based Direcway service in the meantime. The latest provider to sign up with Direcway service is Czech Republic operator Pegas Wireless s.

SureWest replaces Intertainer with TVN

January 29, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

SureWest Communications has tapped TVN Entertainment to replace down-and-out Intertainer as its video-on-demand content and transport supplier. SureWest, which snapped up the assets of overbuilder Winfirst last year for cents on the dollar, offers VOD, high-speed data and telephony services to about 5,660 customers in Sacramento, Calif.

Sensenbrenner bill seeks to block DTV tuner transition

January 29, 2003 7:00 pm | by Terry Lane | Comments

Copyright 2003 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily...01/30/2003 Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), chmn. of Judiciary Committee, introduced bill that would prohibit FCC from enforcing its order to require that DTV tuners be installed in all TVs by 2007, but House sources said it was very unlikely to gain momentum.

TiVo will push 20th Century Fox promos to subscribers

January 29, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Subscribers to the TiVo Inc. digital video recording service will have access to exclusive promotional content for upcoming 20th Century Fox films. Under terms of the deal, Fox Studios will "push" promotional campaign content for five upcoming films over the course of 2003, including full-length theatrical trailers, exclusive interviews, music videos associated with the films, and other behind-...

MPLS, Frame Relay forums to become one

January 29, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Multiprotocol Label Switching Forum and the Frame Relay Forum intend to merge into one organization. The combined organization, initially to be known as the MPLS and Frame Relay Alliance, will ask members of both groups to approve the union. The greenlight on the merger could be given in the next two months, the organizations said.

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