AT&T, Verizon Communications and Qwest Communications International won the right to participate in what is being deemed as the largest U.S. government telecom contract, valued at $48 billion. The contract spans across a minimum of six federal agencies and will involve a host of services and technologies, including voice, video and data.
Terayon's CherryPicker was picked by Buckeye CableSystem to enable part of its digital video services. Buckeye will use the CherryPicker for zone advertising insertions and digital program insertions. Buckeye also added Terayon's edge decoder to its upgraded digital simulcast architecture.
Although sales are up for flat-panel HDTVs, nearly half of sets sold are not used for viewing high-definition programs because buyers haven't gotten the necessary equipment from their cable, phone or satellite services, according to a poll by Leichtman Research Group. To get consumers on the right HDTV track, Panasonic has created the "Plasma Concierge" customer-service program and Best Buy is offering discounts of up to $300 to offset hardware and setup costs.
Gemstar-TV Guide International will buy out privately held rival Aptiv Digital for roughly $16 million in cash. Aptiv Digital develops interactive program guides for set-top boxes, and its customer portfolio includes Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and RCN.