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Nov 18, 2002  •  Post A Comment

SnapStream plans a December introduction of the latest version of its software that allows for personal video recorder capability on the PC. The new release contains remote control support, a full-screen interface that looks and feels like a TV application and an integrated program guide, said Rakesh Agrawal, president and CEO of the Houston-based company. He expects these changes will make it more appealing for users to connect the PC to the TV and watch their recorded programs on the TV itself. “Because it looks and feels more like a TV application it is easier to use on the TV,” he said. The new version also contains support for Sony PlayStation 2 with Qcast that lets the user playback media on PlayStation. The SnapStream software sells for $50 through Amazon.com and on SnapStream.com.
Number of broadband users rises
The number of broadband users continues to grow, passing 15.6 million at the end of the third quarter, according to Leichtman Research Group. Major cable and digital subscriber line providers added 1.68 million customers in the quarter.
Updated telephony solution released
Cedar Point Communications released the latest version of its integrated switched IP telephony solution. New features include IP security, dynamic quality of service and the ability to create detailed call records in a PacketCable environment. The product will be demonstrated at BroadbandPlus: The New Western Show.