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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Cablevision wants more time

November 16, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The FCC is considering moving up a deadline prohibiting cable operators from deploying advanced set-tops to subscribers. The deadline is currently set for Jan. 1, 2005, but Circuit City and other retailers want it moved up to 2003. The retailers are complaining that the extended deadline is hampering competition in the set-top box market.

Alaskan entertainment warming up

November 16, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

A blizzard of entertainment will fall on 1,000 hotel rooms in Anchorage, Alaska. SeaChange 's GuestServe Network System will bring VOD, interactive gaming, e-mail and other Internet services hotel guests can warm to. General Communications chose SeaChange's system to move hotel room entertainment beyond the basic pay-per-view movie.

Music meld

November 15, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Entertainment meld. That's the goal of a new alliance between Excite@Home and MTVi, the dot com arm of MTV. The two companies plan to blend entertainment content and high-speed Web use access in a new site offering music video clips, news and downloads. The music-oriented content is tailored for those with broadband connections, but the less fortunate users of dial-up can still access the fun s...

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Ouch. Qwest slapped with $350 million fine

November 15, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the fines for cutting your competitors phone line. A Texas jury has ordered Denver-based Qwest to pay AT&T $350 million in punitive damages for cutting a phone line three times in 1997. Qwest immediately bucked the fine for the slice and dice job, saying it violated a Texas statute that caps punitive damage amounts.

DVRs now playing near you

November 15, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

What you want to watch, when you want it. ReplayTV and AT&T Broadband are offering DVRs (digital video recorders, also known as PDRs, personal digital recorders) to trial groups of subs in Denver and Boston later this month. As spokespersons were unavailable for comment, CED is not sure who gets to try out the new DVRs.

The Doctor back to practicing on his own

November 15, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

AT&T confirmed rumors that it will spin off Liberty Media Group as a separate company by 2Q 2001. AT&T acquired Liberty when it purchased TCI from then chairman and CEO, John Malone, aka "The Doctor." Malone has since sat at the head of Liberty, its tracking stock struggling under the downward tug of AT&T.

BroadJump bridging the gap

November 14, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Heeding the broadband services demand, BroadJump has introduced a solution that bridges the gap between broadband service providers' networks and subscriber homes. Banking on analyst forecasts that 16.5 million U.S. households will have broadband access by the end of 2004, BroadJump created the Service Fulfillment solution.

Liberate and nCUBE combine products

November 14, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

New iTV technologies top the list of to dos for Liberate and nCUBE. The two companies have hooked up to integrate nCUBE's VOD technology with the Liberate TV Platform software for lower-powered digital set-top boxes. The collaboration aims to help network operators increase their speed-to-market time of iTV services.

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Lucent offers VitalAccess

November 14, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Lucent 's new product, VitalAccess, is many things to many providers. VitalAccess is a multi-vendor software product broadband service providers can utilize to deliver Internet access, multimedia and VOIP to their customers. VitalAccess is a subscriber activation and management system that helps cable and broadband wireless operators, and DSL and fiber-to-the-home providers cut provisioning cos...

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Corning and Cisco create alliance

November 13, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

Corning and Cisco have joined forces to deliver IP optical solutions to their service provider customers. In this non-exclusive alliance, the two companies will form teams to develop pre-engineered optical solutions consistent with customer requirements. A little like optical fast food. Products included are Cisco's core products, Corning's optical fiber products, including LEAF and MetroCor, a...

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More on Motorola

November 13, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

(I should just rename this e-newsletter the OpenTV/Motorola Daily.) Motorola has also inked a deal with Wind River. The company will be a value-added reseller, integrating its MCT5100 M-DTV module with Wind River's VxWorks real-time operating system. The technology lets OEMs develop digital TV and set-top box products with improved time-to- market.

OpenTV (busy, busy) and Motorola expand their relationship

November 13, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

OpenTV and Motorola are taking their steady relationship to a more serious level. The two companies have agreed to a multiple-year, strategic relationship to focus on accelerating iTV deployments worldwide. The new joint venture's services will include cable and satellite integration, testing and development.

OpenTV is having a good year

November 13, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

The market has welcomed OpenTV with open arms. The interactive television software company said its iTV middleware is now deployed in more than 11 million set-tops worldwide, with 1.7 million of those added in 3Q 2000. A large portion of those boxes were deployed through EchoStar. Cable operators have deployed more than 700,000 OpenTV enabled set-tops.

PhatPipe and BreezeCOM fatten up

November 13, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

PhatPipe, a broadband tech company focusing on industrial real estate customers, has deep pockets. The company has promised BreezeCOM it will buy $5 million in BreezeCOM wireless infrastructure equipment, products and services. The two companies will focus on tailoring tech solutions that were previously too pricey or unavailable for PhatPipe's industrial tenants.

HSA and ISP Channel find a way to get along

November 13, 2000 7:00 pm | by Karen Kessler-Tanaka | Comments

It's always nice to see a "customers first" philosophy. Competitors High Speed Access and ISP Channel have reached a deal to transition some of ISP's customers to HSA. ISP Channel, owned by SoftNet, is restructuring many of its existing broadband service contracts and ceasing operations with some MSOs, after deciding to concentrate its resources on Aerzone and Intellicom, SoftNet's broadband wi...

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