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Microsoft, Chyron Forge iTV Player

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Expanding on a previous relationship, Microsoft Corp. and Chyron Corp. have launched the "Metaplayer," a software-based tool designed to help broadcasters and cable operators manage and deliver ATVEF-based triggers for iTV applications running over the Microsoft TV platform. The companies said the player could manage "millions" of hyperlinks instantaneously using Simple Object Access Protocol ...

Sweet Digital Returns

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Arris Group Inc. said Insight Communications Co. Inc. will be the first cable operator to deploy its new 2.5 Gigahertz digital return transmitter, a technology designed to lower costs by minimizing the number of active elements on a cable network. Insight initially will deploy the technology in Louisville, Ky.

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Charter to buy HSA assets for $81.1 M cash

September 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. will acquire assets of High Speed Access Corp. for $81.1 million in cash, the two agreed. Charter had bid $73 million July 31, when HSA said it would consider the offer. Under the deal, Charter also will assist HSA's management through the process. The agreement says Charter will buy substantially all of the assets used by HSA to service Charter's high-speed data cus...

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Adelphia/TVN plan content via satellite to fiber

September 27, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Adelphia Communications Corp. struck a five-year deal with TVN Entertainment Corp. making TVN primary content transport provider and VOD content provider for Adelphia's systems. As part of the deal, Adelphia will invest an undisclosed amount of equity in TVN. An Adelphia representative would not comment beyond content of a written statement from TVN, and referred all phone calls to financial re...

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Terayon's 1.1 modem targets DOCSIS 2.0 market

September 27, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Terayon Communication Systems Inc. says its TJ615 cable modem will be available in this year's fourth quarter. Deployable as a certified DOCSIS 1.0 modem, it's also DOCSIS 1.1-based and includes OpenPhy, Terayon's S-CDMA and A-TDMA technologies. Terayon says plans include enabling cable operators to get the increased upstream performance of DOCSIS 2.

Four vendors first to pass tough DOCSIS 1.1 test

September 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Widening the door for advanced cable-based services and applications such as packetized voice, two cable modem manufacturers and two cable termination system vendors today became the first to pass CableLabs' test for the DOCSIS 1.1 specification. Following a revamped effort for automated testing routines and an "ongoing" wave of DOCSIS 1.

Com21 lands grant to develop ComUnity

September 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Com21 Inc. won a grant to help develop its ComPORT modem, which is designed to operate in an enlarged return path. The grant, funded by the European Union and administered by IDA Ireland, will support work at Com21's European Development Centre in Cork, Ireland. The grant amount was undisclosed, says Com21 VP of Engineering Charles Cheevers, from his office in Cork.

NCTI changes name to … NCTI

September 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

So what's in a name, especially when everyone but you is using the new one? National Cable Television Institute officially changed its name to the less formidable NCTI acronym, expanded its curriculum and launched a new logo. The name change lets the school move beyond the cable TV world, but, "We also realized that most of our clients and students know us and refer to us simply as NCTI," says ...

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The Cable Center to induct seven hall-of-famers

September 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Denver-based The Cable Center announced the seven industry people who will be inducted into The Cable Television Hall of Fame. Official induction will occur at November's Western Show in Anaheim, Calif. The seven will be honored for achievements that made significant contributions to the cable industry's growth and development and to those served by cable TV, says center spokesman Doyle Albee.

NCTI changes name to … NCTI(2)

September 26, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

So what's in a name, especially when everyone but you is using the new one? National Cable Television Institute officially changed its name to the less formidable NCTI acronym, expanded its curriculum and launched a new logo. The name change lets the school move beyond the cable TV world, but, "We also realized that most of our clients and students know us and refer to us simply as NCTI," says ...

S-A re-enters CMTS game via Pacific Broadband deal

September 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

After going years without a cable modem termination system of its own, Scientific-Atlanta Inc. said today that it will bolster its data strategy via a reselling arrangement with San Jose, Calif.-based start-up Pacific Broadband Communications. Under terms of the deal, S-A will be the exclusive reseller of PBC CMTS equipment in North America.

TWC opens Syracuse system to EarthLink

September 25, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Time Warner Communications has opened its Time Warner Cable system to EarthLink in Syracuse, N.Y., it reports today. The company last week launched multi-ISP service in Columbus, Ohio, with no fanfare or announcement. EarthLink joins AOL and TWC's Road Runner high-speed Internet service on the systems.

AOL Time Warner lowers guidance

September 24, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

AOL Time Warner Inc. lowered its long-standing guidance, citing effects stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The company's ad revenue fell with its uninterrupted coverage of events even as it upped its newsgathering expenses. Still, "No financial impact can compare to the terrible suffering and loss of life inflicted by the vicious attacks of Sept.

AOLTW opens to EarthLink in Columbus

September 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Without fanfare, AOL Time Warner Inc. followed through on the open-access agreements it announced in July and opened Time Warner's cable lines in Columbus, Ohio, to EarthLink Inc. The company plans to do the same in Syracuse, N.Y., but hasn't announced a date, says spokesman Mike Luftman. AOLTW didn't announce last week's launch because the national situation would make a release inappropriate,...

Montana Power shareholders vote on changes

September 23, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Montana Power Company shareholders OK'd the company's plan to sell its utility business and restructure itself into a broadband-focused entity. The plan calls for the Butte, Mont.-based power company to sell its utility business to NorthWestern Corp. of Sioux Falls, S.D., for $1.1 billion, including $602 million in cash and the assumption of $488 million in debt.

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