Net Briefs

Mar 19, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Spaceway eyes
set-top broadcast
Spaceway, the forthcoming high-bandwidth satellite broadband network from Hughes Network Systems, will be offered via both personal computers and set-top boxes, according to Mike Cook, vice president and general manager at Hughes’ Spaceway division. “We’re designing it to be extremely flexible,” Mr. Cook said, adding that the service’s high-powered return path will make it an ideal vehicle for users to interact with the Internet.
Microsoft TV expands content initiative
Microsoft TV is planning to add 15 to 20 new content partners to its Content Builder Initiative, according to a company executive. Through the project, the software company currently provides Motorola DCT5000 set-top boxes to approximately 25 interactive content developers. The new partners will be announced at next month’s NAB conference in Las Vegas.
AOL TW investing
in GoldPocket
Media conglomerate AOL Time Warner has made a minor investment in fledgling technology company GoldPocket Interactive. The amount of the investment was said to be under $10 million. GoldPocket’s EventMatrix tool holds large amounts of traffic generated by television programs that ask viewers to use their personal computers to log onto the Internet. GoldPocket has partnered with the conglomerate’s TBS cable network.