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EchoStar raises dish rates

January 9, 2003 7:00 pm | by Harry Berkowitz | Comments

Copyright 2003 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York, NY)...01/10/2003 Lexis Nexis Just one month after its planned merger with DirecTV fell through, EchoStar Communications announced yesterday that it is raising basic rates for its Dish Network satellite TV service by $2 per month. EchoStar chairman Charlie Ergen had said the merger's collapse, which was blocked by federal regulators, would lead to ...

Embattled CSG lands eBay for billing

January 8, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Though much of the news coming out of billing systems provider CSG Systems lately has focused more on legal tussles with both AT&T Broadband and its suitor, Comcast Corp., the company made a more positive impact this week after landing Internet auction giant eBay as a customer for its electronic invoice billing system.

EchoStar splashes at CES with HD PVR

January 8, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Cable operators have been talking about integrating personal video recording capabilities into set-tops on their networks, but cable's satellite counterparts are moving forward with the technology. Today, the latest and greatest integrated PVR receiver from EchoStar was given top honors at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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New SONICblue DVD/VCR combo features mini DVR

January 8, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

SONICblue Inc. has unveiled the Go-Video DV6430, calling it the first DVD/VCR combo to add live TV control. Though it won't "time-shift" most programs in their entirety, the approach could give users the TV pause time they need to make a snack or visit the restroom. The device allows users to cache up to 10 minutes of live television, and manipulate that content via pause, rewind and slow-motio...

Charter extends MSN alliance

January 8, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. said it has extended an agreement to promote and market a co-branded version of Microsoft Corp.'s MSN 8 Internet service. Financial terms were not disclosed. From a previous deal, Charter and MSN have developed and launched a co-branded portal, which is used as the home page for the MSO's high-speed cable modem customers.

TiVo makes new play in high-tech living room

January 8, 2003 7:00 pm | by Sam Diaz | Comments

Copyright 2003 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service San Jose Mercury News...01/09/2003 Lexis Nexis TiVo makes a move to take the lead in the battle to control the high-tech living room as it announces Thursday a handful of new services at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Charter the first MSO to sign Sony 'Passage' license

January 8, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. on Thursday became the first MSO to sign a license for "Passage," a conditional access (CA) technology from Sony Corp. that aims to loosen Motorola Broadband's and Scientific-Atlanta's grip on the digital cable set-top market. Charter said it plans to use Passage to allow set-tops, network and headend equipment from various companies to work together on its legacy di...

Roberts lauds the potential of 'Passage'

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

A new conditional access (CA) scheme hatched by Sony Corp. at the 2002 Western Show, if it works as advertised, could help cable operators break a set-top duopoly long held by Motorola Broadband and Scientific-Atlanta, Comcast Corp. President Brian Roberts said Tuesday at a Salomon Smith Barney conference in La Quinta, Calif.

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Study: Internet access devices on the rise

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

The Internet continues to proliferate, but so far, the number of Internet-enabled devices remains limited to basic laptops and PCs and some early Internet-ready phones. But according to a new study from researcher In-Stat/MDR (a sister company to CED), we're on the cusp of a movement that will see a bevy of new Internet-ready devices come online in the near future.

Ratner named Cablevision vice chairman

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

Cablevision Systems Corp. has appointed Hank Ratner to vice chairman. Most recently Ratner, 43, served as vice chairman of Rainbow Media Holdings Inc., Cablevision's programming arm. In his new role, Ratner will expand his duties to Cablevision's divisions, report to company President and CEO James Dolan and collaborate with Dolan on the company's overall planning and development.

NCTA: Cable offers HD in more than 90 U.S. markets

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

With this year's Consumer Electronics Show set to kick off Thursday, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association sent out a reminder that the cable industry is playing a starring role in the development and adoption of high-definition television. Citing cable company reports, NCTA said cable systems serving roughly one-third of U.

Ucentric multi-TV system to support 802.11g

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

One of the end games cable operators have in mind as they look into the future is networking video to multiple TV sets around subscriber households, and developer Ucentric Systems is pushing along with a multiple-TV system that uses a variety of transmission protocols to deliver video around the house.

Sales mark the spot for Xbox Live

January 6, 2003 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The next step in the evolution of broadband is maximizing all those fast connections, and broadband, multiplayer console gaming is giving a certain jump-start to that next stage. Microsoft Corp. provided further proof of that this week by announcing some early returns on its recently launched broadband-only Xbox Live online gaming service.

Chen heads up advance tech at Advance/Newhouse

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

Advance/Newhouse Communications filled a key role this week with the hiring of Jeff Chen as the MSO's vice president of advanced technology. He reports to A/N executive vice president of strategy and development Nomi Bergman. In his new role, Chen serves as the MSO's point person with advanced technology suppliers, including customer premise equipment and video-on-demand distribution systems.

Four telcos forge Dell DSL deal

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

Taking a stab at cable's leading high-speed position in the consumer segment, three top telcos — BellSouth, SBC Communications and Verizon Communications — have inked a deal with Dell Computer Corp. designed to make it easier for PC users to sign up for DSL services. The agreement will allow Dell customers in the U.

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