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Jul 9, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Digital cable subs climb 153.6 percent
Digital cable subscriptions are growing at a much faster rate than direct broadcast satellite subscriptions, according to data provided to Electronic Media by Yankee Group senior analyst Mike Goodman. Total digital cable subscribers in the United States skyrocketed from 3.4 million at the end of 1999 to 8.9 million at the close of 2000-a 153.6 percent increase. By contrast, 11.5 million customers had signed up for DBS at the end of 1999, compared with 14.8 million at the end of 2000-a 28.6 percent climb. Traditional cable subscriptions grew only 1.1 percent, from 103.6 million to 104.7 million. The numbers show digital cable is making the greatest strides in reaching high-end television consumers, according to Mr. Goodman.
TW likes progress
of voice-over-IP
Pleased by the performance of a voice-over-Internet-protocol service it is testing in Portland, Maine, and Rochester, N.Y., Time Warner Cable is “hoping commercially deployable equipment might be ready as early as next year,” spokesman Mike Luftman said.
H Design on the job for PBS’s `Life 360′
Hollywood creative boutique H Design is creating interactive enhancements for a forthcoming program, “Life 360,” to be aired on PBS.
Johnson upped
at Intertainer
Video-on-demand service provider Intertainer has promoted Bonnie Johnson from vice president and chief of staff to executive vice president, media products and services. She will report directly to Intertainer President and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Ste. Marie.