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Linksys extends range of basic WiFi

January 20, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Wireless access is hot, and the wireless technology that most people are becoming accustomed to-802.11b-is getting faster and more robust through enhancement gear from home networking leader Linksys. Linksys has developed a new product that increases the operating range and performance of the company's 802.

Shaw goes on-demand in Vancouver

January 20, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Canadian MSO Shaw Cablesystems launched video-on-demand services in Vancouver, British Columbia last week, offering content on-demand to customers who have both a Shaw Internet high-speed connection and a subscription to the MSO's digital cable service. The VOD launch marks the second for Shaw, which also offers the service to digital subs in Calgary, Alberta.

The AOL Time Warner Parsons Project continues

January 16, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Dick Parsons was fitted with a new hat this week, and it's another big one. Ending much speculation after Steve Case said he will step down as chairman this May, the AOL Time Warner board of directors said it will add the CEO title to Parson's current post of chairman. Parson's appointment will become effective on May 16 during the company's annual shareholder meeting.


PVR provider SONICblue starts down slippery slope

January 16, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

It can't be good news when a company publicly announces that it's "in the process of evaluating available strategic options" as a way to deal with outstanding debt. For personal video recorder (PVR) technology developer Sonicblue, that's exactly what it announced Friday ... clearly the first slippery step in a treacherous process that could lead to a sale of the company and its ReplayTV technol...

tComLabs holds first IPCablecom interop event

January 16, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

tComLabs said it made progress with the IPCablecom specification after completing its first interoperability "event" earlier this month. The event, conducted during the week of January 6, tested interoperability of 25 products, ranging from multimedia terminal adapters, cable modem termination systems, IPAT (access gateway), call management services and provisioning systems.

Women in Technology award nominations sought

January 16, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Industry forum Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT) is now seeking nominations for the group's prestigious 2003 Women in Technology Award. Offered in conjunction with the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), the award recognizes the achievements of leading women technology professionals in contributing to the growth of the cable telecommunications industry through per...

S-A numbers see sequential growth

January 16, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

It was a case of good news/bad news for Scientific-Atlanta Inc., which posted better sequential figures but poorer numbers when taken year-over-year. S-A reported second quarter earnings of $15.1 million, or 10 cents per share, on sales of $352 million. The sales figure, which for the first time included digital set-tops and related digital headend gear sold to Cablevision Systems Corp. reports lower net sales

January 16, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments said second quarter net sales fell to $54 million from $67.2 million in the same year period. The company's also recorded a net loss of $4.7 million (13 cents per share) versus a profit of $497,000 (1 cent per share) a year ago. However, the company's recorded loss was narrowed from a loss of $7.


Juniper hums as Cisco, Bells clash

January 16, 2003 7:00 pm | by Scott Moritz | Comments

Copyright 2003, Inc. Lexis Nexis Cisco may have the big name and the bulging wallet, but it sure looks like Juniper is more popular with the in-crowd. As Juniper, the smaller of the network-equipment rivals, prepares to post earnings Thursday, investors will be watching for progress on deals with the phone companies that control the industry's purse stri...

Liberate approaching NASDAQ deadline

January 15, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Interactive platform developer Liberate Technologies is facing a Friday, Jan. 17 deadline by the Nasdaq stock market, when its stock is scheduled to be delisted from the exchange. Liberate trades on the Nasdaq exchange under the symbol LBRTE. Liberate is in hot water with the exchange because it failed to submit the required 10Q filing back on Oct.

Outlook of Town and Country, Mo. cable company dims

January 15, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jerri Stroud | Comments

Copyright 2003 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2003 St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis Post-Dispatch...01/16/2003 Lexis Nexis Charter Communications Inc.'s outlook dimmed Wednesday after Moody's Investors Service downgraded its debt of about $21 billion to levels indicating that the ratings agency has doubts about the safety of bondholders' principal.

Arris wins another contract for Cadant CMTSs

January 15, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Arris announced that it had won another notable contract to deploy the company's Cadant C4 cable modem termination system, this time signing up top-20 MSO Susquehanna Communications of York, Pa. for an undisclosed number of CMTS chassis. SusCom will commercially deploy Cadant systems across all of the regional operator's systems, with deployments scheduled to begin during the first quarter of t...

Award winners unite at ET

January 15, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Pragash Pillai, Theresa Simons and Anthony Bowling all came up big winners at this year's Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Emerging Technologies conference, each taking home with them awards marking their contributions to their companies and to the industry at large. If it wasn't for a call from Charter Communications, Pillai, winner of the 2003 Young Engineer of the Year Award, mi...


ET keynoter: CE is cable's new battlefield

January 15, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The next place to see much blood spilled in the cable-DBS war will likely be on the battlefield of consumer electronics, predicted Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Emerging Technologies conference keynoter and long-time cable analyst Paul Kagan. Kagan, reflecting on last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, noted that the DBS players, per usual, were "firing their guns," ...

Nielsen study reveals broadband growth, narrowband decline

January 14, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Reports of broadband's imminent demise are premature, at least according to new research from Nielsen/NetRatings. Today Nielsen reports that broadband access at home continues to post double-digit growth-specifically reporting a 59 percent year-over-year increase for broadband, which translates into more than 33.


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