Broadband Briefs for 4/08/08
* Whaleback enhances VoIP system
By Brian Santo
Whaleback Systems  upgraded its CrystalBlue Voice Service with the addition of a voice application firewall, called OrcaSentry, that locks down an SMB's voice network from VoIP security threats such as spam over Internet Telephony (SPIT) and Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.
CrystalBlue Voice Service is a premises-based managed business telephony solution built for broadband, and aimed at the SMB market.
Other new features in this release of the product include enhanced security, voice quality management and business continuity features such as cold standby and fault tolerant (RAID storage and redundant power) configurations for Whaleback's SMB 1500 IP PBX appliance.
* Gemstar-TV Guide signs patent agreement for international deployments of TiVo’s service
By Mike Robuck
Gemstar-TV Guide  and TiVo  today announced that they have entered into a new patent license agreement for retail products and certain service provider deployments of the TiVo service in international markets.
Today’s agreement expands the existing relationship between the companies, which previously included a patent license from Gemstar–TV Guide for TiVo’s retail distribution and service provider deployments in North America.
Financial terms of the agreement weren’t available.
“International interest in TiVo is at an all time high as retailers and service providers globally seek to deliver the TiVo service as a way to differentiate their video products,” said Joshua Danovitz, vice president and general manager, International at TiVo. “In most instances, our partners are seeking a one-stop solution that provides the industry’s leading personal video recorder experience without the need to acquire separate licenses for third party intellectual property. Through this arrangement with Gemstar-TV Guide we have made deployment of TiVo even more seamless for our growing portfolio of international partners.”
* Digicomm’s new HQ/warehouse open for business
By CED staff
Digicomm International  has opened its new headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The company claims the 250,000 square foot facility is the largest pure distribution facility in the CATV industry.
The warehouse is large enough for the cable television equipment supplier to consolidate its operations under one roof, which the company expects will generate operating efficiencies for both itself and its customers.
AT&T taps Donovan as CTO
By CED staff
AT&T  has named John Donovan as its chief technology officer, replacing Chris Rice, who assumes the new role of executive vice president of Shared Services. Donovan has actually held the post for about two weeks.
Donovan will oversee the company's technology road map, including product development, network and engineering operations, AT&T Labs and the security and intellectual property organizations.
Donovan previously was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations at Verisign . Before that, he was chairman and CEO for inCode Telecom Group, and a director of industry practices for telecom and media at Deloitte Consulting.
* thePlatform managing TV-quality video for CelebTV.com
By Traci Patterson
thePlatform  has partnered up with CelebTV.com to manage and publish video and advertising for the site. thePlatform will also syndicate TV-quality video content to broadband partners, including AOL Video , Comcast.net , iTunes and YouTube .
CelebTV.com launched in February 2007, and viewers have watched more than 350 million on-demand videos – 12 to 14 two-minute segments are offered each day.
thePlatform's system manages the entire logistics process behind the publication of broadband video, from the content owner to the consumer, the company said. The company currently provides online video publishing and management for BBC, CNBC, Comcast, Helio, Sony BMG, Verizon Wireless, Vongo and numerous others.
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