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Charter's Q3 shows $317M loss as revenue, subs climb

November 1, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Charter Communications Inc. weighed in with a $317 million net loss on revenue of $1.04 billion in its third quarter. The cableco also reported an average of 19,400 new digital video customers per week were added during the quarter. The company's cable TV unit reports 11.5 million homes passed for the quarter, up from a pro forma 11.

NCTA Plan to 'Set the Table' for Retail Set-Top Market

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to goose the sale of digital cable set-tops via retail channels, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association voluntarily launched a plan that involves boxes with proprietary, embedded security. Under that proposition, NCTA said cable operators will support retail distribution of set-tops, but will offer to buy back the equipment on a depreciated basis if a customer moves to...

ADC Thinks Small with 'Cuda 1000' CMTS

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Setting its sights on smaller cable systems and the multi-dwelling unit sector, ADC Telecommunications Inc. has unveiled the "Cuda 1000," a pizza-box sized cable modem termination system that complements the company's carrier-class "Cuda 12000." Targeting systems with less than 20,000 homes, the Cuda 1000 is designed to handle data traffic as well as "second line" IP voice services, said Mitch ...

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ISPs Merge onto Cable's High-Speed Roadways

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Moving forward on its plan to open up cable lines to more ISPs, Time Warner Cable said it has launched the high-speed version of AOL in Greensboro, N.C. and Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as several cities in western Ohio. AOL, the MSO's corporate cousin following the mega-merger that created AOL-Time Warner, said it will offer many of the same applications and services available to its narrowband ...

Funding Fuels Stargus' Launch Plans

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Although the economy remains as soft as a pillow, one cable-technology startup still has managed a sizable amount of funding. Stargus Inc. said it landed $10.15 million in series B funding led by Castile Ventures, Pilot House Ventures, ADC Telecommunications, Still River Fund, Lauder Partners and YAS Broadband Ventures.

Motorola Elevates Breen

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Keeping a firm eye on the future of broadband, Motorola Inc. said it has selected Edward Breen to succeed Robert Growney as the company's president and chief operating officer. Breen, who is the executive vice president and president of Motorola's Networks Sector, was the chairman and CEO of General Instrument Corp.

SCTE Group Adopts Three Standards

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' Hybrid Management Sub-Layer (HMS) subcommittee has produced and adopted its first three standards linked to outside plant monitoring: HMS 005, HMS 004 and HMS 022. HMS 005 addresses the physical layer specification, HMS 004 refers to the MAC layer specification, and HMS 022 handles the power supply-to-transponder interface specification.

Jedai Ready for Intelligent IP Trials

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Jedai Broadband Networks Inc. said it has released the company's "FrontRunner" optical network terminal for MSO field trials. The Red Bank, N.J.-based start-up's new gear is the first product to emerge for its overall "Intelligent IP Optical Access" platform, which is designed to enable cable operators to extend their networks to the commercial sector and offer "high-margin" voice and data serv...

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WINfirst Moves on iTV

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Denver-based fiber-to-the-home overbuilder WINfirst said it has launched interactive television services in Sacramento, Calif., offering video-on-demand, an advanced channel navigator and other applications created via its middleware and conditional access partnership with Canal+ Technologies. Among those apps, Canal+'s "Mosaic Navigator" offers a live view of as many as 12 different channels ...

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Mediacom, Blue Ridge Tap Concurrent for VOD

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Proving that video-on-demand isn't only for the largest MSOs, Blue Ridge Communications and Mediacom Communications Corp. said they will deploy the technology via separate agreements with Concurrent Computer Corp. In the case of Blue Ridge, the operator said initial deployments will begin the first quarter of 2002 via Scientific-Atlanta Inc.

Pacific Broadband Finds an Ally in S-A

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

After going years without a cable modem termination system of its own, Scientific-Atlanta Inc. said 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 gear in North America.

Rogers Launches Enhanced Programming

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pushing ahead with its aggressive iTV strategy, Canadian MSO Rogers Cable Inc. said it has launched enhanced programming and advertising to about 200,000 subscribers in Ontario via an agreement with Wink Communications Inc. This marked the first Canadian launch of Wink, which is available to roughly 4 million satellite and cable households in North America.

ADC updates outlook, sells three more units

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ADC updated its guidance for fourth-quarter 2001 and fiscal year 2002, and announced it's completed the sales of a business unit and two product lines. One deal entails a management buyout of a unit ADC bought in May 2000. The company cut its fourth-quarter forecast to $380 million to $400 million from the $400 million to $450 million it announced previously.

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Cox BS installs Centrex in Conn. school district

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cox Business Services completed installation of its Centrex services in the East Granby, Conn., school district. The company says the deal will save the district more than $5,000, or 43 percent, a year on phone and Internet charges. Under the $12,000-a-year contract, Cox will supply telephone and Internet services to East Granby high, middle, Seymour and Carl Allgrove schools, and to the Board ...

Cablevision Bows Ambitious Digital Service

October 31, 2001 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Following a series of delays, Cablevision Systems Corp. launched its highly-anticipated digital service in late September, offering it to about 500,000 subscribers in Western Long Island, N.Y. The service, dubbed "iO: Interactive Optimum," offers a suite of advanced applications such as video-on-demand, subscription-VOD, interactive television, an expanded video lineup, 45 channels of commerci...

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