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

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.

Kasenna bows VOD server line

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

Kasenna Inc., one of a growing number of companies trying to elbow its way into the domestic cable VOD sector, has launched a line of media servers designed for large-scale and smaller system deployments. The servers come pre-configured with Kasenna's MediaBase XMP software and patent-pending "Cluster Manager" software that aims to boost streaming, storage and redundancy elements as required by...

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New SeaChange system bolsters VOD content

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

Aiming to add a touch of personalization to video-on-demand, SeaChange International Inc. has launched a new recording system that enables cable operators to offer local news, sports and live events all on-demand. An extension of SeaChange's flagship VOD system, the new capability will allow operators to capture certain broadcast programs and prepare them for on-demand distribution.

Rodgers joins MyDTV as CEO

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

Cable veteran James "Bow" Rodgers has joined the board of MyDTV and has taken the reins of the software company as its new CEO. MyDTV founder Gil Dudkiewicz will remain the company's chairman and president. Burlingame, Calif.-based MyDTV provides "personalized" TV services that allow viewers to set preferences and to help them "filter" and navigate digital programming.

SBC may have interest in DirecTV

February 10, 2003 7:00 pm | by Harry Berkowitz | Comments

Copyright 2003 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)...02/11/2003 SBC Communications shares dropped yesterday and those of DirecTV parent Hughes Electronics jumped amid reports that bidding for the nation's biggest satellite TV provider may heat up. Wall Street analysts were skeptical that an acquisition of DirecTV by SBC, which reportedly has held preliminary talks with Hughes, would pay off.

FCC split places telecommunications deregulation on hold

February 10, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2003 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network Inc. The Bulletin's Frontrunner...02/11/2003 The Washington Post (2/11, E1, Stern) reports, "Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael K. Powell's deregulatory agenda has run into stiff opposition from his own colleagues that may force him to postpone a long-awaited vote on issues critical to the future of the telecommunications industry.

ICTV launches IR device, Cedar Point demos CALEA

February 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cedar Point Communications Inc. and ICTV Inc. are the latest vendors to chime in about the demonstrations they will be giving at the CableLabs Winter Conference, which runs today through Wednesday in Broomfield, Colo. ICTV will demonstrate a newly released reference design that pumps interactive applications to "cable-ready" digital TVs without the need for a digital set-top box.

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EchoStar bundles with EarthLink

February 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In an effort to shore up its broadband menu, EchoStar Communications Corp. forged a deal with EarthLink Inc. to provide bundled digital subscriber line service to its customers. EchoStar will market the DSL and satellite TV packages through its network of retailers, crediting new EarthLink customers up to $10 per month.

Missouri Utility tests easy access via power lines

February 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jim Suhr | Comments

Copyright 2003 Globe Newspaper Company The Boston Globe...02/10/2003 St. Louis — Coming to a home or office near you could be an electric Internet: high-speed Web access via ubiquitous power lines, of all things, making every electrical outlet an always-on Web connection. If it sounds shocking, consider this: St.

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Union Springs Telephone to dial up FTTH

February 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Union Springs Telephone said it has wrapped up the first phase of a new fiber-to-the-home deployment in Union Springs, Ala. The deployment is based on Optical Solutions Inc. 's FiberPath 400 system. Union Springs Telephone, a subsidiary of ROPIR Industries Inc., is located about 36 miles southeast of Montgomery.

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More demos slated for CableLabs confab

February 6, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A few more vendors stepped forward this week to note that they will try to grab the eyes and ears of cable's most influential engineers at next week's CableLabs Winter Conference in Broomfield, Colo. Incognito Software will use it as an opportunity to introduce the 2.0 version of its Address Commander IP address provisioning and management tool.

Broadwing may float broadband unit

February 6, 2003 7:00 pm | by Chris Nolter | Comments

Copyright 2003 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal...02/07/2003 There are fresh signs a telecom deal may be imminent, as Broadwing Inc. disclosed late Thursday that its chief executive Kevin Mooney and other officers will receive bonuses if a sale of its broadband unit is completed. A Securities and Exchange Commission filing by the company stated that Mooney, chief financial officer Thomas Schillin...

Corning predicts a return to profitability in Q3

February 6, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Corning Inc. told investors in New York Friday that the fiber company expects to be profitable in the third quarter of 2003, despite anticipated weak performance at its telecommunications division. Corning said it expects to generate Q1 revenues of between $700 million to $730 million, and post a net loss in the range of 1 cent to 4 cents per share.

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Comcast rolls out mobile HD facility

February 6, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Comcast SportsNet has rolled out a 53-foot long HDTV mobile production facility that will cover local sporting events in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC. The facility, built by Sony Electronics' Integration Center in San Jose, will aid Comcast SportsNet in the production this year of 200 live games in all their high-definition glory.

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