Sun Microsystems thinks the future is bright where iTV is concerned. The company is making a hefty investment in Canal+ Technologies to help speed up Java-based open standards for digital interactive television. "The idea behind this partnership is that we can get there faster if we work together," said Arthur Orduna, vice president of marketing for Canal+ U.
E-mail for couch potatoes (or pommes de terre). Quebec-based Videotron cable TV subs who use Scientific-Atlanta 's Explorer set-tops will be able to access their e-mail through their TV sets using an infrared keyboard. Videotron will deploy PowerTV 's SofaMAIL e-mail service to its 1.6 million subscribers.
2NetFX and Avolo will be demonstrating their HDTV technology for the aviation industry at the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, April 21 - 26 in Las Vegas. 2NetFX develops media streaming technology and Avolo provides aviation parts and aerospace applications. With an eye on offering passengers more than coffee or tea, the two companies have developed high-definition tel...
Broadband data communications provider Teleste and RiverDelta have finished their joint project to create a multi-service digital broadband network for Isle of Wight Cable and Telephone. Teleste contributed its digital headend, fiber nodes and amplifiers and integrated it with RiverDelta's broadband service router.
Subscribers love their cable modems, apparently better than DSL. Approximately 7.8 million households now subscribe to broadband Internet services in the U.S. and Canada and of this total, 5.5 million homes use cable modems, reports Kinetic Strategies. Only an estimated 2.3 million have chosen to use residential DSL.
With furthering entertainment in mind, Comcast has completed a $10 million investment in SeaChange. "Movies-on-demand is the initial strategic catalyst for both parties in this relationship. However, Comcast's commitment to SeaChange will be leveraged in research and development to provide returns with the SeaChange ITV System.
AT&Tand AOL Time Warner are enjoying a victory today. A U.S. appeals court has overturned federal limits on the number of subscribers that a cable company can serve, Reuters reports. The two companies, AT&T in particular, have long wanted the cable subscriber caps raised and have petitioned the FCC to review the numbers.
It sounds like a car, but it's not. Terayon 's second-generation version of the BE 2000 System is helping cable operators with their network security. The BE 2000 System is a CMTS (Cable Modem Termination System) which controls subscribers' cable modems with a high-performance IP switch/router. The technology has new features including one that prevents hackers from camouflaging themselves as a...
Modem Media is completing a plan to help it reduce expenses. First the company is laying off what will amount to 10 percent of its workforce. This includes closing its Tokyo, Japan office and transitioning its clients to the company's Hong Kong office. The company expects to take a one-time, pre-tax charge of approximately $3 million in the first quarter of 2001 and reduce its ongoing operating...
Kingston Technology and Infinilink are combining their technologies to deliver DSL products to meet the increasing demands of broadband users. The companies say that by combining Kingston's manufacturing with Infinilink's broadband technology, the partners will be able to offer customers a product that is both compatible and offers shorter installation times and savings.
Hybrid Networks has introduced the ThruWAVE Wireless Broadband Router. The router is single-carrier with multiple modulation schemes that enable fixed broadband wireless service providers to increase their customer capacity and coverage by offering near-line-of-sight (NLOS) capabilities. The ThruWAVE router supports QPSK, 16 -QAM and 64-QAM modulation schemes and interleaving options that impr...
Emperative announced last month that Cox Communications is using its software as the foundation for automated activation of cable modem subscribers. Specifically, in its middle-America cable system, Cox has deployed Emperative's ProvEn provisioning engine and Cable Modem Express, new software announced separately last month.
WorldGate unveiled in January product enhancements for its interactive television applications. The newest version of the WorldGate Interactive Service will be deployed during the first quarter of 2001, and includes two upgrades to WorldGate's overall product, along with an entirely new feature, making it a more dynamic service to users.
Telecommunications Reports International has reported high growth for both the DSL market and the online market as a whole. While DSL access was slow to take off, it ended the year with tremendous strength, according to fourth quarter 2000 results from TR's Online Census. The main area of growth in the fourth quarter comes in DSL access, with more than 2.
With the launch of its newly-created Customer Care Center (CCC) in February, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) members can now take advantage of a staff fully dedicated to providing member services. The CCC is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. The CCC's toll-free number is (800) 542-5040.