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Comcast taps SupportSoft

October 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications Inc. is simplifying the installation process for its broadband services with the help of SupportSoft Inc. The SupportSoft SmartAccess automation software will enable potential Comcast broadband customers to determine whether they qualify for a high-speed connection. The software also assists in the installation process.

Liberate puts products under one umbrella

October 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Sticking with its promise to deliver automated service management options to customers, Liberate Technologies has unveiled a suite of software targeted at digital services automation. When Liberate announced plans to acquire OSS company Sigma Systems in July, it said the companies' complementary products will help reduce churn by putting more power in the hands of consumers by enabling them to ...

TiVo raises $25 million

October 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Digital-recorder-maker TiVo Inc. has signed an agreement to sell investors $25 million in common stock. Investors Crosslink Capital and New Enterprise Associates have agreed to purchase 6.96 million TiVo shares at $3.59 a share. TiVo plans to issue warrants to purchase 2.6 million shares at an exercise price of $5.


Motorola hits 3G equipment milestone

October 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Motorola 's Global Telecom Solution Sector has marked a milestone in the next-generation wireless sector. The company has shipped its 30,000th code division multiple access (CDMA) 2000 1X 3G base station. CDMA 2000 1X technology is designed to nearly double the voice capacity on the network. Data can be transmitted as fast as 153 kilobits per second.

Telecom layoffs drop, but industry is still hurting

October 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Peter J. Howe | Comments

Copyright 2002 Globe Newspaper Company The Boston Globe…10/07/2002 From LexisNexis The number of U.S. telecommunications sector employees thrown out of work in the third quarter of this year fell 52 percent from the previous quarter, helping drive a 31 percent overall drop in technology job cuts, according to a new survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the Chicago consulting firm th...

Broadbus snags $12 million

October 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Video-on-demand server systems startup Broadbus Technologies Inc. has received a $12 million shot in the arm. Comcast Interactive Capital participated in the Series A-1 round of financing. Broadbus came onto the VOD scene in 1999. The company, which has not announced when it will begin market trials, plans to offer a VOD system powered by its B-1 Streaming Media Server family.

Terayon bows new CherryPicker

October 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Terayon Communication Systems Inc. has planted another seed in digital video management system product garden. The latest: Terayon is demonstrating its DM 6400 Network CherryPicker. The DM 6400 is designed to enable cable operators to deliver four high-definition television programs in one channel at 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) through rate shaping.

OpenTV completes Wink buy

October 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Less than two weeks after announcing its plan to buy Wink Communications, OpenTV has closed the deal. OpenTV picked up the interactive television company from Liberty Broadband Interactive Television for $101 million, the exact amount Liberty Broadband recently paid to acquire Wink. Liberty Broadband bought a controlling interest in OpenTV in May.


CinemaNow to trial Universal Studios' content

October 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Universal Studios Pay-Per-View has turned to CinemaNow Inc. to test the waters for downloading and streaming its content. During a four-month trial, CinemaNow will offer first-run and catalog Universal titles via its video-on-demand Web site The titles will be available in streaming and download formats.

Com21 shares up a penny

October 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Street was relatively unmoved by Com21 Inc.'s announcement that its third-quarter guidance will fall in line with previous estimates. The company's shares were up a penny in early trading. The broadband access systems provider expects Q3 revenue to fall in the range of $11 million to $12 million, which meets an earlier guidance of between $10 million and $13 million.

S-A unveils new WebSTAR cable modem

October 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

The latest WebSTAR cable modem offering from Scientific-Atlanta Inc. will upgradeable to DOCSIS 2.0, the company says. The WebSTAR DPX2100 will be upgradeable to DOCSIS 2.0 via a software download, according to S-A. The DPX2100, which recently received DOCSIS 1.1 certification, incorporates the Broadcom BCM3348 DOCSIS/Euro-DOCSIS 2.

Speakeasy gives away iPods

October 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

National broadband service provider Speakeasy is launching another promotion to attract customers. The latest: the company is giving a free iPod to every new business DSL or T-1 subscriber. The MP3 player holds 1,000 songs and has a battery life of 10 hours. "This promotion allows us to introduce new customers to our broadband services and to a device and passion that is such a natural extensio...

Alpha makes Cable Center donation

October 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Alpha Technologies Inc. is trying to give a little back to the industry through a $500,000 donation to The Cable Center. The company has donated the money to The Center's Telecommunications Equipment Campaign. The Cable Center has a goal of raising $10 million to purchase audio and video equipment and other technological equipment.


Nortel Networks breaks down into four units

October 3, 2002 8:00 pm | by Sarah Cohen | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Deal L.L.C. The Daily Deal…10/04/2002 From LexisNexis Struggling Canadian telecom equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp. said Thursday it would shift its organization into these four business groups in an attempt to streamline: wireless, wireline, enterprise and optical networks.

Mag Rack debuts on Insight Digital

October 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

MSO Insight Communications has rolled out Rainbow Media Holdings Inc.'s Mag Rack VOD service in 10 of its cable systems. Insight will initially offer 40 hours of programming from the video magazine rack, including Classic Cars, Traveler's Guide, Cook with the Pros, Yoga Retreat and Mag Rack Kids Club.


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