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Oct 28, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Execs added to show list
Broadband Plus, formerly the Western Show, has added a number of cable industry executives to its speaker list. Added names are Carl Vogel, president and CEO, Charter Communications; Michael Willner, vice chairman and CEO, Insight Communications; Rocco Commisso, chairman and CEO, Mediacom Communications Corp.; Anne Sweeney, president, ABC Cable Networks Group and Disney Channel Worldwide; John Sie, founder, chairman and CEO, Starz Encore Group; Matt Blank, chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks; and Chris Albrecht, chairman and CEO of HBO.
Panasonic teams up with CableLabs
Panasonic has partnered with CableLabs as the first major television manufacturer to sign what’s known as a POD-Host Interface License Agreement (PHILA) with the cable industry. The agreement enables Panasonic to develop, manufacture and market digital televisions that will receive high-definition programs via cable, the companies said. The goal is to achieve interoperability to enable retail availability of equipment.
Partners to create HD ad system
Terayon and nCube have partnered to create a system to insert high-definition advertisements into HD programming. The two companies plan to demonstrate their solution, based on the Digital Program Insertion technology standards developed by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, at several upcoming industry events. The standards were originally developed for standard-definition programming but work for HD as well, Terayon said.
News 12 picks ParkerVision system
News 12 has selected ParkerVision’s PVTV News24Plus! production automation system for use in all five of its cable television stations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The systems should be installed by the end of the year.