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Apr 16, 2001  •  Post A Comment

FCC to modify HomeRF standard
The Federal Communications Commission is planning to modify its HomeRF standard for home-based wireless Internet in the next few months, according to sources close to the FCC. The original standard, which increased the bandwidth available to home-networking providers, was drafted in August at the request of a consortium of companies, including multiple system operator Charter Communications. The new proposal, which would seek to reduce interference between wireless appliances being used in the same vicinity, was suggested by a group of companies that includes Microsoft but excludes Charter. The commission is planning to publish a final rule this summer that will allocate frequencies that can be used by companies developing content for next-generation, or “3G,” mobile Internet devices. The commission’s proposed rule on 3G was issued in December.
Ackerman named CEO at OpenTV
Interactive television software producer OpenTV announced that James Ackerman, who had previously served as the company’s chief operations officer, has supplanted Jan Steenkamp as company CEO. Mr. Steenkamp will now serve as a nonexecutive chairman for OpenTV while becoming CEO of Dutch television company and major OpenTV shareholder MIH Technologies.
CBS.com film sites in works
CBS.com will soon post two one-time-only companion Web sites for film remakes it is airing at the end of the month: “On Golden Pond” and “Murder on the Orient Express.” In addition, the network remains active on the interactive television front. Although CBS continues to produce an interactive “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” television broadcast for users of Microsoft’s WebTV Plus and UltimateTV services, CBS Entertainment Vice President of Strategic Planning and Interactive Ventures David Katz believes the jury is still out on whether interactive television will be embraced by mass audiences. “I find the majority of television viewers want to digest their television the same way they always have,” he said. “This is for some of the younger demographic who are used to clicking on things … I work in the TV business, and it’s all about the show.”