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Israel's Golden-Channels flips switch on NVOD

April 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Golden-Channels, Israel's largest cable television company, has launched near video-on-demand services in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv metro area via a video server system supplied by SeaChange International. The MSO's NVOD service is comprised of 12 channels of Hollywood, Israeli and European movies, offering them up through SeaChange's MediaCluster system and Thomson Multimedia-built digital se...

Optical Solutions snags FTTH deal

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wamego Telecommunications Co., a Kansas-based incumbent local exchange carrier, has tapped Optical Solutions Inc. to bring fiber-to-the-home capability to the Kansas River Valley. The ILEC selected Optical Solutions' FTTH FiberPath 400 to meet the bandwidth needs of its customers. The FiberPath 400, which is based on a passive optical network architecture, will replace Wamego's existing copper ...


Home networks move beyond early adopters

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The chance to share a home's broadband connection is the leading driver in the adoption of new home networking technologies, and the rise in the sale of residential cable/DSL routers is happening across nearly all segments of the market, according to a new report from high-tech research firm Cahners In-Stat/MDR.


Rural English areas to get broadband via satellite

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Though broadband satellite services have been slow to roll out on any great scale worldwide, pockets in the European market continue to turn to satellite as a broadband alternative, especially in rural areas where general connectivity is limited. Hughes Network Systems Europe, which offers broadband satellite services under the DIRECWAY brand, announced that U.

Additional broadband bills under construction in Senate

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Steve Peacock | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…04/10/2002 From LexisNexis The communications industry can expect additional broadband bills to be introduced in the Senate before the close of the 107th Congress, industry insiders say. A bill by Sen. Breaux (D-La.) is being drafted that sources say will parallel the Tauzin-Dingell bill (HR-1542) passed by the House earlier this...

Trace outlines digital STB roadmap

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The digital set-top box market is poised to grow its installed base by 62 percent this year, one analysis says. An analysis of the 12-largest cable operators in North America by Trace Strategies Inc. found that by the end of 2002, this group of 12 cablecos will deploy a combined 9.39 million digital STBs.

iVAST wins ClearStar MPEG-4 contract

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

iVAST said it won a multi-million dollar contract to provide MPEG-4 set-top technology via a deal with ClearStar USA, a telecom and entertainment company headquartered in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Under terms of the deal, iVAST will supply a set of MPEG-4 software and systems aimed at cable operators that plan to deploy interactive broadband services.

Comcast wraps up Detroit VoIP trial

April 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Comcast Cable Communications Inc. said it has completed a six-month Voice-over-IP technology trial in the Detroit area. Instead of a pure-IP set-up, Comcast tested packet voice services in the access network (home to headend) by leveraging TollBridge's TB300 gateway, Arris' DOCSIS 1.1-qualified C4 cable modem termination system and a Class 5 switch the MSO inherited via a system swap with AT&am...


Cablevision pushes digital with lower fees, more features

April 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. has launched the next generation of its iO Interactive Optimum digital service, offering a wider slate of programming and a new interface designed to make it easier for subscribers to navigate through iO's features. Tied to that, Cablevision also introduced a new "flexible" pricing structure for iO, including a $9.

Comcast Gets System Upgrade Underway

April 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Comcast Corp. is launching an initiative to bring high-speed Internet service to more residents of the Constitution State. Comcast will upgrade its cable system in Connecticut by investing millions of dollars. The project will enable the delivery of cable modem services to more than 80,000 customers in Middlesex County and southeastern Connecticut.


OpenTV offers interactive ad system, notches China deal

April 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

OpenTV Corp. has unveiled OpenTV Advertise, a new advertising management system designed to leverage electronic program guides and interactive applications tied to news, weather and gaming. Wow Digital TV, a digital terrestrial operator based in Salt Lake City, Utah, marks the first customer for OpenTV's new advertising system.

Alcatel signs broadband agreement with SES Global and Gilat

April 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Bruce Branch | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…04/09/2002 From LexisNexis Alcatel signed separate agreements with SES Global and Gilat Satellite Networks to implement 2-way global satellite system. Plans call for Alcatel to use SES' Broadband Interactive System (BBI) technology. SES will transfer industrial responsibility for technological development of BBI to Alcatel.

Silicon Graphics 'takes gloves off' to challenge VOD server incumbents

April 8, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) said it will go after incumbent video-on-demand server providers such as Concurrent Computer Corp., nCUBE Corp. and SeaChange International with a new, low-cost server platform designed to handle up to 600 streams of video at a cost of roughly $255 per stream. SGI, whose VOD history goes back to Time Warner Cable's Full Service Network trial in Orlando, Fla.

NTL set for $20B bankruptcy, dwarfs Global Crossing/Enron

April 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by George Trefgarne | Comments

Copyright 2002 Telegraph Group Limited THE DAILY TELEGRAPH(LONDON)…04/08/2002 From LexisNexis THE City is bracing itself for the world's biggest bankruptcy as British cable operator NTL prepares to file for protection from its creditors. NTL, whose managing director is Stephen Carter, has run up about $20 billion of debts, comprehensively exceeding the previous record-holder, Global Cross...

Companies align to advance broadband entertainment

April 7, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Consumers' appetites have been whet, and the digital set-top box marketplace is poised for growth, one analysis says. Century Embedded Technologies and VT Media Technologies are joining forces to capitalize on this popularity by delivering cost-effective STB systems. Research from Gartner Dataquest indicates that digital set-top box systems are the fastest-growing consumer video application, pr...


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