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Vidéotron gets interactive in Quebec(2)

October 9, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Canadian MSO Vidéotron has launched "iLLICO" — an iTV product powered by Scientific-Atlanta Inc.'s digital platform and PowerTV Inc. software — to about 100,000 digital customers in Quebec. That figure could rise, as Vidéotron serves about 1.5 million cable subscribers there. As part of the "walled garden" iTV package, Vidéotron is offering PowerTV-based e-mail, Web b...

Three join Philips' CompanionTV program

October 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Three companies have joined Philips Digital Networks' CompanionTV partnership program, the company reports. The program, announced in September and operated via Philips' SoftWorks business group, sets up partnerships with iTV applications developers and infrastructure solution providers to make solutions for the multimedia home platform, a spokeswoman says.

Canal+ teams with Orbit on Mideast project

October 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Canal+ Technologies and Orbit Satellite Television and Radio Network rolled out interactive services in the Middle East, the two announced today. The launch is proceeding despite fighting in Afghanistan. "The fighting does not affect the launch or the plans for the rollout, since the (service) counts six new channels that are very much watched at this time," says Canal+ spokeswoman Sara Payne.

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CableLabs touts interactivity at CableNet

October 8, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

CableLabs is gearing up for CableNet 2001 and its companion display, CableNet Interactive. The 10,000-square-foot exhibit within the Western Show in Anaheim in November will feature a broadband evolution theme. The exhibit, sponsored by CableLabs and the California Cable Television Association, is intended to demonstrate the potential of cable's broadband network and the products and services i...

AM finishes $6.9 M SRS-EDJ acquisition

October 7, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AM Communications Inc. completed the acquisition of SRS Communications and EDJ Communications for $6.9 million in cash and stock. The company said last month it would hire several hundred people in the next few months to fill expected orders. The deal, via AM subsidiary AM Broadband Services Inc., calls for AM to acquire all of SRS-EDJ's outstanding stock for about $6.

WorldGate launches redesigned iTV interface

October 7, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

WorldGate redesigned a channel-based user interface for its iTV service, providing six new channels in categories arranged like a typical newspaper, the company says. New channels include those with general news, focusing on local to international coverage. A sports category lists game scores, team stats, player updates and business deals, WorldGate says.

Charter joins CableLabs' Go2Broadband

October 7, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. added its customer information database to CableLabs' Go2Broadband service, which helps cable- modems-or-equipment retailers find out if a customer's address has broadband access, and from whom. Go2Broadband, sponsored by CableLabs, is a real-time service that accepts a customer address query from retailers and refers the appropriate cable company to contact with the...

HFC gets three new standards via SCTE's HMS unit

October 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

SCTE's Hybrid Management Sub-Layer subcommittee adopted three new standards that support interoperable management systems for evolving HFC cable networks. The three standards — HMS 005, Hybrid Fiber/Coax Outside Plant Monitoring-Physical Layer Specification; HMS 004, Hybrid Fiber Coax Outside Plant Monitoring-MAC Layer Specification; and HMS 022, Hybrid Fiber/Coax Outside Plant Monitoring...

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AOLTW seeks FCC OK for Fla. ISP

October 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AOL Time Warner Inc. applied for U.S. Federal Trade Commission approval to allow Dunedin, Fla.-based Internet Junction Corp. on its Tampa and Central Florida systems. AOLTW has been adding affiliate ISPs to its systems, per FTC requirements from the AOLTW merger. Within the last month, the cable company has opened its systems in Columbus, Ohio; Syracuse, N.

Agere repays $1 B in Lucent debt, modifies credit

October 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Under an amended agreement with its banks, Agere Systems repaid $1 billion of the $2.5 billion debt it inherited from Lucent Technologies when Lucent sent the unit public in March. Agere's deadline on the remaining $1.5 billion was extended from Feb. 21 to Sept. 30, 2002. The maturity date for undisclosed parts of it were extended to Sept.

Netopia/FT take show on the road

October 4, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Netopia Inc. will hit the road through France with its 14-city Les Recontres Solutions Partenaires tour, detailing for resellers the bundled broadband solutions it provides with France Telecom. The road show, which translates to Partners Solutions Road Shows, will be held from Oct. 16 to Dec. 6. "Most of the road shows will take place in 'wineries,' so dealers will also get the opportunity to t...

Corning cuts 4,000 more jobs, scales back optics

October 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Corning Inc. will scale back production, cut another 4,000 jobs and close its optical fiber plant in Deeside, North Wales. The company plans to expand its restructuring plan, including taking a $1 billion charge in 2001 as a result. Corning will cut an additional 4,000 jobs through layoffs and voluntary early retirement, for a total of 12,000 in 2001, it says.

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EarthLink launches on TWC systems in N.C. and Fla.

October 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

EarthLink Inc. and Time Warner Cable continued their joint trek into the multiple-ISP terrain, with the launch of EarthLink's Internet over TWC's Tampa Bay and Raleigh, N.C., service areas. Under the deal, TWC's 1.4 million-home service area in seven counties in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area get the option of a second ISP over TWC's cable system, and EarthLink says the system is available t...

FCC alerts viewers to blocking tools; decides on franchise fees

October 3, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission released a fact sheet outlining three tools consumers can use to control their cable TV content. Using one or more of the tools will filter programming, FCC says. FCC refers to the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which targets signal bleed, or viewers' ability to receive pieces of programs they aren't signed up to get.

Edward Breen promoted to Motorola Inc. president/COO

October 2, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Motorola Networks Sector's Executive VP and President Edward D. Breen will succeed Robert L. Growney as president and COO of Motorola Inc. Growney will retire next year. Breen has a long history in the cable industry, primarily with Motorola and General Instrument, where he started in 1978 and advanced until its January 2000 merger with Motorola, when he was chair, president and CEO of GI.

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