Comcast signs 20-year deal with Gemstar
Comcast Cable signed a 20-year pact with Gemstar-TV Guide International to deploy TV Guide Interactive in the majority of its digital cable homes; it will use other guides for the balance of its ITV deployment. The country’s third-largest cable operator ended last year with 1.35 million digital customers.
Ericsson job cuts to total 2,100
Due to projections of slower sales growth for the telecommunications sector, Sweden’s Ericsson will lay off 2,100 workers, freeze recruitment and halve the number of external consultants it uses. Reports indicate that Nokia is also planning layoffs to cut costs.
Charter will Liberate its set-tops
Charter Communications announced that it has chosen Liberate Technologies software for the digital set-top boxes it will soon deploy. The company is already testing the Liberate software on Motorola-made DCT5000s in a pilot program in St. Louis. Services will include Internet access, the TV Guide interactive programming guide, television-based e-mail and interactive television portal services developed and supported by Digeo, plus access to RealNetworks’ RealSystem G2. The cable TV operator will also integrate services of existing business partners Wink Communications and Diva Systems to provide interactive programming and video-on-demand.