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The April 12, 2007 Issue Provided by System Dynamics Inc.
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Heard on the Net

News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home


People News

David Novak, formerly at MediaREADY, has been named President at Convergen.


Company News

Acquisitions

Entropic Communications has signed a definitive agreement to acquire RF system-on-chip maker RF Magic. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ( www.entropic.com ) ( www.rfmagic.com )

Ericsson of Sweden has offered $1.6 billion to acquire Norway-based IPTV solutions developer Tandberg Television, topping an earlier offer by Arris. ( www.ericsson.com ) ( www.tandbergtelevision.com ) ( www.arrisi.com )

Movie Gallery said it acquired MovieBeam for under $10 million. ( www.moviegallery.com ) ( www.moviebeam.com )

NextWave Wireless has signed a definitive agreement to acquire IPWireless. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ( www.nextwave.com ) ( www.ipwireless.com )

Funding

UWB chip maker Artimi raised an additional $5 million from Khosla Ventures to close its Series B round with $31.5 million. ( www.artimi.com ) ( www.khoslaventures.com )

Wi-Fi company FON Technologies has raised a $13.2 million round of funding, a year after the company received investments from Google and Skype. ( en.fon.com ) ( www.google.com ) ( www.skype.com )

Chinese Web-based video site UUSee, said to be the world's largest Web TV operation, has raised $23.5 million from a group of U.S. venture capitalists including Disney's venture arm. ( www.uusee.com )

ViDeOnline Communications, a digital media networking company, closed a $12 million Series C round of funding led by Intel Capital. ( www.videonline.com ) ( www.intel.com/capital )

Vyatta, an open-source-router startup, raised $11 million in a funding round led by Comcast Interactive Capital. ( www.vyatta.com ) ( www.comcast.com )


Other News

AT&T launched AT&T OnTheGo, a new premium service that will allow AT&T U-verse customers to view live television on a PC using any high-speed Internet connection. ( www.att.com )

BitTorrent launched an e-commerce venture to sell and rent encrypted video content from several major studios and TV networks over its peer-to-peer networking software. Available only to subscribers in the United States, the BitTorrent Entertainment Network will rent movies at prices from $3.99 for new releases and from $2.99 for catalog titles. ( www.bittorrent.com )

Orb Networks says it has integrated the Orb PC application (sitting on the PC) with the Futarque DVB IPTV set top box reference platform based on a chipset from STMicro. Orb says this will "bridge the gap between the PC and the low cost STB, and bring the true value of IP delivered and personal media to the operator service." ( www.orb.com ) ( www.futarque.com )

Pivot logo for quad play service --> Click for larger picturePivot has been chosen as the brand name for the quadruple-play integrated services offered by the joint venture between Sprint and four cable MSOs: Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and Advance/Newhouse Communications.

Verizon Wireless launched V CAST Mobile TV, a broadcast TV service for cell phones, in about 20 US markets, charging $15 to $25 a month for the initial lineup from eight leading networks. Verizon's service is based on Qualcomm's MediaFLO technology and network. Verizon's launch came a day after a demonstration of the rival Modeo service offered by tower operator Crown Castle International. ( www.verizonwireless.com ) ( www.qualcomm.com ) ( www.mediaflo.com ) ( www.modeo.com ) ( www.crowncastle.com )

Satellite broadband provider WildBlue began offering Ka-band service from its new WildBlue-1 satellite. It said the new satellite will allow it to more than triple its customer capacity, and that service "will be available to all areas of the contiguous United States by the second quarter of 2007." ( www.wildblue.com )

XM Canada and Rogers Communications have formed a partnership to bring XM programming to Rogers customers while they are using a wireless handset, watching cable television or surfing the Internet. The Rogers-XM Canada service is part of the Rogers VISION suite of services. ( www.xmradio.ca ) ( www.rogers.com )


Standards

Digital Fountain's DF Raptor technology has been adopted as the enhanced application layer FEC option for the Digital Video Broadcasting Projectís (DVB) global IPTV standard. This new option will enable IPTV providers to deliver broadcast-quality service while eliminating many of the common problems associated with existing IPTV services, including video and audio degradation. ( www.digitalfountain.com ) ( www.dvb.org )

DVB also approved DVB-SH, a new specification for the satellite and terrestrial delivery of mobile television and multimedia services to handheld devices. ( www.dvb.org )

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has standardized the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance's HomePNA 3.1 for in-home networking. ( www.itu.int ) ( www.homepna.org )