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Comcast spells out VOD markets, giving vendors pre-Western Show push

November 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Moving forward with its aggressive video-on-demand strategy, Comcast Corp. on Tuesday revealed where it will initially offer the services, as well as which technology partner it has tapped in each market. By the end of 2001, Comcast will use SeaChange gear to service VOD subscribers in Alexandria/Arlington, Va.

Comcast launches Cedar Point VoIP lab trial

November 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Keeping a close eye on PacketCable developments, Comcast Corp. said it has launched a lab trial to test the muster of Cedar Point Communications' Cable Media Switching System. Cedar Point, a start-up based in Windham, N.H., has developed a platform designed to make IP telephony a much simpler and less costly chore.

S-A to rely on third-parties for 'WebSTAR' modems

November 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta Inc., in its most recent 10-Q report, said it has opted to rely solely on third party vendors for its line of WebSTAR cable modems. Askey Computer Corp. manufactures S-A's DPX110 WebSTAR product, which uses silicon from Broadcom Corp. CableLabs has already certified that model for DOCSIS 1.


DCT-2500 and DCT-2600 not all on Motorola's cable set-top roadmap

November 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Fleshing out and beefing up its 2000-class line of digital cable set-tops, Motorola Broadband Communications Sector said it plans to debut two new boxes at next week's Western Cable Show: the DCT-2500 and the DCT-2600. CED has also learned that Motorola has another set-top, the DCT-4900, on its product roadmap.

Terayon bows homegrown CMTS line

November 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Moving beyond its cable modem termination system reseller agreement with Riverstone Networks, Terayon Communication Systems Inc. rolled out two CMTSs of its own: the BW 3500 and BW 3200. The BW 3500 is a "carrier-class" chassis-based CMTS with 14 individual line cards, while the pizza-box, compact BW3200 model is targeted to small cable systems or to large operators that plan to employ a distri...

TechTV cuts 130 jobs in restructuring

November 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TechTV will cut 130 jobs and restructure, it says. Citing current market conditions, particularly in the technology industry, the company says the cuts will come from all areas of the company, effective immediately. The changes "reflect the volatile economy we are all faced with," Chair and CEO Larry Wangberg says in a statement.

Adelphia taps SeaChange to fuel S-VOD launch

November 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Adelphia Communications Corp. has deployed SeaChange International Inc.'s interactive television system to launch subscription video-on-demand services in Cleveland via Scientific-Atlanta Explorer 2000 digital set-tops. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Using a single video server platform, Adelphia will offer S-VOD content from HBO, Showtime and Starz.

Lucent/Furukawa close OFS sale for $2.3 B

November 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Lucent closed the deal Friday on its Optical Fiber Solutions unit sale to Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd. of Japan, only hours after a spokeswoman said the end was "imminent." Furukawa had announced the closing Thursday, but Friday, Lucent said it hadn't yet closed. Under the deal, Lucent will receive $2.


Keen expands S-A relationship, launches 100-hour PVR sidecar

November 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Keen Personal Media has expanded its personal video recorder relationship with Scientific-Atlanta Inc., and announced a new PVR sidecar capable of storing 100 hours of video. In the first announcement, Keen said S-A made an undisclosed investment in Keen via the purchase of a convertible bridge note and warrants to purchase shares of Keen.

ExciteAtHome sees $271.3 M net loss in Q3

November 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ExciteAtHome showed a $271.3 million, or 66 cent-per-share net loss, on revenue of $138.4 million in the third quarter, it says. The company will release complete results by Monday, when it files its 10-Q with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company's residential broadband subs reached 4.

CommScope revamps Furukawa deal, Lucent deal close

November 15, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Talk about tense. CommScope Inc. restructured its joint venture deal with Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd. of Japan, who in turn says it had signed a lowered $2.3 billion deal to buy Lucent's Optical Fiber Solutions unit, and Lucent says it's not done yet — but will be very soon. CommScope and Furukawa also named the venture's new units and appointed a president and CEO.


HSA shows $51.3 M Q3 net loss, revenue jumps 257%

November 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

High Speed Access Corp. showed a $51.3 million, or 87 cent-per- share, net loss on revenue of $11.4 million in the third quarter. Excluding noncash charges, net losses were $22.3 million, or 38 cents a share. The company says its cable modem customers rose 13.6 percent for since the second quarter of this year, and 257 percent over its 56,000 subscribers a year ago.

OCAP authors: MHP no surprise

November 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Yesterday's announcement it would adopt Multimedia Home Platform specs for the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) should come as no surprise to those following the situation, CableLabs officials say. "The OCAP spec has been based on MHP for quite some time," says CableLabs VP of Advanced Platforms Don Dulchinos.

Ericsson to sell cable modem biz to Aastra

November 14, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Ericsson says it will sell its Lynchburg, Va., cable modem business to Aastra Technologies Ltd. of Ontario, Canada. Financial terms were undisclosed, although the unit's Q3 revenues are at about $20 million. Ericsson's cable modem business has focused primarily on developing one specific product, its PipeRider cable modem, says spokeswoman Kathy Egan.

Thousands of jobs at stake, ISPs say

November 13, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

The telecom industry will lose about 77,000 telecom and high-tech jobs if HR1542, The Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001, becomes law, a coalition of ISPs and telecom companies said in a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert. The group urged Hastert not to take the bill to the House floor.


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