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CableLabs moves on OCAP

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

CableLabs said its second OCAP (Open Cable Application Platform) interoperability event on July 22 was a success, as 15 different vendors joined in with "critical pieces" that make up the specification's puzzle, including hardware platforms, middleware implementations, interactive television applications and development and test tools.

SCTE calls for board of directors nominations

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

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) said it is accepting candidate nominations for seven seats on its board of directors for the 2003-2005 term, including Region 1 (California, Hawaii and Nevada), Region 2 (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming), Region 6 (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin), Region 9 (Florida, Georgia and South Carolina), Region ...

Analyst: Software problems riddled Cablevision's Sony roll-out

August 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. inked a deal to deploy Scientific-Atlanta Inc. digital set-tops and headend equipment partly because the existing Sony Corp. platform was plagued with software problems, according to one analysis. That conclusion came from Anton Wahlman of Needham & Company Inc., who issued a report on the subject just ahead of Thursday's announcement from Cablevision that it had t...


Gemstar takes it on the chin

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

The U.S. International Trade Commission dealt Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. another blow yesterday, denying the interactive programming guide developer's request to review an earlier decision. In June, an ITC judge ruled that Gemstar competitors did not engage in unfair trade practices with regards to Gemstar's patented IPGs.

Comcast picks three embedded MTAs for upcoming VoIP deployment

August 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Comcast Corp. will spread the wealth among embedded multimedia terminal adapter (eMTA) vendors for its planned primary Voice-over IP deployment n Philadelphia next year, as the company announced supply agreements with Arris, Motorola Broadband and Terayon Communication Systems. More specifically, Comcast said it will use Arris' Touchstone Telephony Modem, Motorola Broadband's new SURFboard SBV4...

Sonera puts off 3G network launch

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

3G deployment has hit another bump in the road. The latest: Sonera Corp. is delaying the commercial launch of its third-generation wireless network until next year. The operator says it still plans to launch 3G services in Finland on Sept. 26, but instead of rolling them out on its new 3G network, the company will use its existing network.

BellSouth lowers 2002 forecast again

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

Citing an overall weakness in the wireless sector, BellSouth Corp. has cut its full-year 2002 forecast for the second time. The Baby Bell is expecting earnings per share of between $2.06 and $2.13, a 7-cent reduction in an already lowered forecast. In July, the company said it was expecting to earn between $2.

NCTA: Broadband cable grows in second quarter

August 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cable-based broadband services marched on in the second quarter, with advanced voice, data and video services leading the way, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) said Friday. More specifically, NCTA said the cable industry ended the second quarter with 16.8 million digital cable subs, 9.


Cablevision taps S-A for digital boxes and headends

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision System Corp. has inked a deal to integrate Scientific-Atlanta Inc. digital set-tops and headend equipment to support the MSO's ambitious digital cable service, iO: Interactive Optimum. Financial terms were not disclosed. Cablevision said it will purchase an undisclosed number of S-A digital boxes, including the Explorer 4200, which will become available later this year.

Liberate warns, stock drops

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Liberate Technologies ' shares were shedding 15 percent of their value in morning trading, following news that the interactive TV platform provider has lowered its first quarter outlook. In response to current market conditions and lowered demand in the cable and telecom markets for its software, Liberate expects to fall short of its previous first quarter revenue guidance of between $20 millio...

WorldGate services Astound in Cali

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Residents in Northern California that subscribe to Astound Broadband's digital service will soon be receiving WorldGate Communications Inc.'s interactive services as part of their basic digital package. The WorldGate services will be packaged as Astound iTV and offered to customers in Walnut Creek and Concord, Calif.

Euro-DOCSIS board certifies and qualifies

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Euro-DOCSIS Certification Board has certified its second DOCSIS 1.1 cable modem and has qualified three CMTSs. Arris's Touchtone Telephony voice-enabled cable modem became the second cable modem to receive Euro-DOCSIS 1.1 certification, during the board's latest certification wave. Texas Instruments Inc.

Baseball streams to fans

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

With the strike deadline looming, fans are trying to soak up every bit of baseball out there. Earlier this week, 30,000 fans connected to the first-ever live video stream of a Major League Baseball game. The game, featuring the Texas Rangers vs. the New York Yankees, was streamed in high-definition 300K broadband video at MLB.

U.S. Robotics, SmoothWall team for ADSL security

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Marching forward with its plan of providing customers with a "one-box" solution, U.S. Robotics has teamed with SmoothWall Ltd. to provide firewall protection for its ADSL USB modems. Security software developer SmoothWall's SmoothWall GPL 2.0 software will support U.S. Robotics' SureConnect ADSL USB modem.

Icahn expects 95% of XO debt

August 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jonathan Berke | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…08/29/2002 From LexisNexis Carl Icahn said Wednesday he expects to have 95 percent of XO Communications Inc.'s $1 billion in bank debt after he closes on his tender offer Thursday, Aug. 29. This would give Icahn control of the Reston, Va. -based broadband provider if it fails to close on a proposed Forstmann Little & Co.


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