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AOL TW chair: eyeing cable assets in France, Britain

March 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Copyright 2002 Associated Press AP Worldstream…03/08/2002 From LexisNexis U.S. media giant AOL Time Warner Inc. is considering the purchase of cable television networks in Britain, France and other European countries, but not in Germany, the U.S. media giant's chairman said in an interview published Friday.

Global Crossing execs cut pay, jobs in Phase 3 overhaul

March 7, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Global Crossing CEO John Legere took a 30 percent pay cut as the company trimmed another 1,600 jobs and heads into Phase Three of its corporate revamp. The networking company, which filed for bankruptcy in January and has been the subject of separate federal investigations over its accounting practices, had announced the restructuring last year.

Artificial intelligence in a set-top?

March 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A team of BIAP Systems scientists outside of Washington, D.C., working on intelligent agent technology for the company's government projects, shrunk the resulting software's footprint and adapted the technology for set-top boxes. The result is software that sends intelligent agents — feelers that go out onto the Web and retrieve specific information they've been told to seek — from ...


Comcast to entice consumers with free SVOD trials

March 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

LOS ANGELES — Free subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) represents just one marketing tactic Comcast Corp. is evaluating in order to remove barriers to consumer acceptance regarding new on-demand video services, company officials said Wednesday during the opening session of CTAM's Digital Conference.

USA Broadband buys MDU assets; CSG/Adephia extend pact

March 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

USA Broadband Inc. will acquire Verizon's multidwelling unit digital satellite video systems and property access agreements in California and Texas. The deal entails about 5,000 MDU subscribers, and the deal should close over the next 90 days, the companies say. Financial terms were not disclosed. … CSG Systems Inc.

Wink lands ACADIA validation from Motorola

March 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In an intricate partnership, Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector and Wink Communications have successfully combined Wink's iTV software with Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc.'s interactive program guide. And now, Charter Communications will be able to deploy the Wink service, using the Motorola DCT-2000 set-top box.

Satellite TV merger gets mixed signals

March 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Harvey Colette | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Atlanta Constitution The Atlanta Journal and Constitution…03/07/2002 From LexisNexis Letting the nation's two dominant satellite broadcasting companies merge would bring new benefits to consumers, especially in rural areas, the companies' chairmen told Congress on Wednesday. But opponents told a Senate Governmental Affairs subcommittee that the merger would reduce compe...

Ted Rogers postpones planned retirement date

March 6, 2002 7:00 pm | by Barbara Shecter | Comments

Copyright 2002 National Post, All Rights Reserved National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post)…03/07/2002 From LexisNexis Ted Rogers, the founder and chief executive of Rogers Com- munications Inc., has delayed his planned retirement at the age of 70 by up to three years. In a brief statement, the company's board of directors said yesterday it has approved a revision of Rogers' employment con...


Waycross Cable opts for upgrades over merger

March 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Kathy Brister | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Atlanta Constitution The Atlanta Journal and Constitution…03/06/2002 From LexisNexis John Harrison counts his competition one satellite dish at a time. Every year, he sends out technicians for Waycross Cable, the company he started in 1964. Their mission: Check connections, to make sure everyone getting cable TV is paying for it, and add up satellite dishes mounted on r...

Intertainer launches Demand E.S.P.; Pace trims supply chain

March 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Intertainer launched its Demand E.S.P. on-demand entertainment services platform and landed its first customer. Operators can pick from seven modules — including asset management and production, programming and scheduling, and usage reporting — to customize the VOD service they'll offer. The system is designed to manage, program, distribute and track on-demand content.

SeaChange hits high; Blonder trims losses; N2 gets $10 M

March 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

• SeaChange International saw Q4 revenue climb from $25.8 million in 2001 to $33.4 million in 2002 — its highest yet, it says. The company's fourth quarter ended with net income of $2.1 million, or 9 cents a share, up from a net loss of $1 million, or 5 cents a share, for the same year-ago period.

RCN: NOC consolidation complete

March 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

RCN Corp. finished consolidating its Network Operations Centers into one in Trooper, Pa. Since August 2000, the company has been moving the seven NOCs it picked up through various acquisitions into one central location. The consolidation took 16 months and eliminated 50 positions during that time, says RCN spokeswoman Pamela Faatz.

Adelphia launches high-speed Internet to Colchester, Conn.

March 5, 2002 7:00 pm | by Karen Kaplan | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Copyright 2002 The Day The Day…03/06/2002 From LexisNexis Customers of Adelphia Cable Communications in Colchester could have high-speed Internet access by next month. Subscribers in the 11 other towns of the cable company's two regional franchise areas can sign on for the service as the year continues, according to Regina Sullivan, gener...


Liberate lands Two Way license; Hitron gets WiFi certification

March 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Liberate Technologies licensed enhanced broadcast technology from Two Way TV Ltd. The license lets Liberate build a system that it says will give operators and broadcasters more control over delivery and presentation of applications that are synchronized with TV broadcasts wherever Liberate's software has been deployed.


FCC wants to promote competition, chairman asserts

March 4, 2002 7:00 pm | by Beatrice E. Garcia | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service The Miami Herald…03/05/2002 From LexisNexis Despite some early signs that the U.S. economy could be on the mend, a good portion of the telecommunications industry is still in the throes of a severe contraction.


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