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EarthLink offers DSL subs a home networking deal

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In an effort to spur the home networking world, EarthLink today is kicking off a new DSL-based home networking service that makes the basic gateway hardware free of charge to consumers. Available through March 31, the $149.95 discount deal makes the up-front cost of the wired version of EarthLink Home Networking free, and cuts the up-front cost of the wireless version in half, to just $150.

Broadband Wireless World speakers foresee economic recovery

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Mike Lafferty | Comments

ANAHEIM — Wednesday's Broadband Wireless World Forum keynoters kicked in with their predictions about the economic recovery, telling attendees to hang in there because there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Dan Hesse, CEO of free space optics equipment manufacturer Terabeam Inc., rhetorically asked the audience if 2002 could be any worse than 2001, noting that the number of viable CLEC...

Canadian cable MSOs go after dial-up Internet market

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Canadian cable operators Rogers Cable and Shaw Communications are broadening their high-speed Internet product portfolios by offering a new, slower speed service aimed specifically at dial-up Internet users. The two companies plan to offer a new "Lite" version of their services, which will still be faster than a dial-up connection, is "always on" and doesn't interfere with or tie up telephone l...

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Wiz weakness stings Cablevision

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. notched a fourth-quarter net loss of $281.6 million, hurt by soft holiday sales at its Wiz retail stores and expenses tied to its digital cable rollout and its entertainment holdings. Despite the loss, Cablevision revenues rose 3.5 percent to $1.29 billion, thanks in part to new video, telephony and data services sign-ups.

Cablevision to add vector graphics to digital repertoire

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. has licensed Viewpoint Corp.'s Macromedia Flash vector graphics operating platform for its iO: Interactive Optimum digital service. Viewpoint claims that its vector graphics player, which will be housed in Sony Corp. digital set-tops, is faster than traditional Flash and provides a "rich media" platform for advertising and other interactive applications.

PVR patent spats heat up

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In an attempt to strike back at its biggest rival, Tivo Inc. said it filed suit against SONICblue Inc., alleging that its DVR competitor infringed on a patent involving Tivo's "Multimedia Time Warping System." The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded that patent to Tivo last May. Tivo's timewarping system refers to technology that allows DVR users "to store selected television broadcast pro...

Gartner analysis predicts recovery in optical market by 2003

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

It's no secret that the worldwide optical transmission systems market struggled in 2001 as revenue declined 10 percent, but, surprisingly, the market is forecast to show positive growth in 2002, according to new analysis from Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner Inc. In 2001, worldwide optical transmission revenue totaled $30.

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Iowa CLEC lights up FTTH network

February 13, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Proving again that greenfield communities represent a lucrative ground for new fiber-to-the-home technologies, Guthrie Telecommunications Network said it has flipped the switch on an FTTH network capable of delivering bundled voice, video and data services in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Guthrie Telecom, a competitive local exchange carrier owned by the Panora Cooperative Telephony Association of West...

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XM Satellite, DirecTV forge marketing pact

February 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

DirecTV and XM Satellite Radio have struck a joint marketing deal, hoping digital video and digital audio go together like Fred and Barney and Bert and Ernie. One goal of the agreement is to boost XM subscriber growth by giving DirecTV satellite TV customers "value-added" incentives for the XM digital satellite radio service.

Sigecom to launch WorldGate

February 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Evansville, Ind.-based telecom/cable TV provider Sigecom LLC has signed a long-term agreement to deploy WorldGate's suite of interactive TV applications and services. Sigecom's TotaLink hybrid fiber/coax network currently passes 77,000 homes and serves approximately 23,000 basic cable subscribers. Beginning this month, Sigecom will launch a marketing campaign designed to entice more customers t...

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Broadband Wireless World Forum highlights

February 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Mike Lafferty | Comments

ANAHEIM— Advanced non-line-of-sight wireless technology and fiber-to-the-home developments dominated the first day of the Broadband Wireless World Forum, being held this week in Anaheim, Calif. Also grabbing the spotlight were wireless components designed to protect equipment from electrical surges caused by environmental hazards such as lightning.

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Study: 80 million have tried streaming media

February 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Eighty million consumers representing 35 percent of Americans ages 12 and older have watched or listened to Internet-based streaming media, a new study shows. The study, conducted by Arbitron Inc. and Edison Media Research, said that figure has climbed dramatically over the past 24 months. Two years ago, only 24 percent of Americans said they had streamed audio or video via the Internet.

Comcast: We don't share personal Web info

February 12, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Comcast Corp., responding to reports that said the MSO has begun tracking cable modem subscribers' Web browsing activities without notifying them, said it does not share that information, except as required by law. The company also said it would discontinue the practice immediately to ensure the privacy of its high-speed customers.

Cox to deploy MetaTV, exceeds RGU guidance in 4Q

February 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Interactive-television software company MetaTV said it has inked a deal to provide iTV services for Cox Communications in a number of selected, but undisclosed, cities. Under the deal, MetaTV will design, develop, deploy and manage Cox-branded iTV services. MetaTV said its software platform operates on Cox's legacy headends and set-tops, opening the door for customer access to news, sports and ...

Cox closes in on @Home conversion

February 11, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Communications Inc. said late Monday that the MSO has transitioned 99 percent of its Cox@Home customers to the company's new self-managed IP network as Excite@Home Corp. prepares to shut down on Feb. 28. Cox said the conversion took place in January, and included more than 600,000 residential customers and 20,000 commercial business subscribers in 18 markets.

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