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September 16, 2007 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

Heard on the Net

News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home


People News

Ed Knudson has been named VP of sales and marketing at WildBlue. He was previously with OpenTV. ( www.wildblue.com )

Jon Kovalhas joined Vyyo as VP of Sales. Koval was previously with BigBand. ( www.vyyo.com )

Charles Persico has joined Entropic Communications as VP of RF engineering. He was formerly a senior vice president of engineering at Qualcomm. ( www.entropic.com )

Phill Robinson has joined CacheLogic as CEO. He was previously at Salesforce.com. ( www.cachelogic.com )


Company News

Acquisitions

Blockbuster has acquired Internet movie download service Movielink, formed in 2002 as a joint venture of five movie studios. Terms of the deal were not announced. ( www.blockbuster.com ) ( www.movielink.com )

Cavalier Telephone has acquired SecureMedia, a digital media content protection specialist. SecureMedia is to remain an independent company. ( www.cavtel.com ) ( www.securemedia.com )

NDS has announced it is acquiring CastUp, a Tel Aviv-based provider of end-to-end solutions for acquisition, processing, distributing, serving and monetizing of rich media content over IP, for $11.3 million. ( www.nds.com ) ( www.castup.net )

Funding

Bay Microsystems, a maker of processors for broadband networks, has closed a $16 million Series E round of funding. ( www.baymicrosystems.com )

BridgeCo, a system-on-chip company, has taken in $8 million in the second tranche of its Series D round and $9 million in debt financing to expand its business in home networking. ( www.bridgeco.com )

BridgeWave Communications, a supplier of gigabit wireless solutions which can be used for 4G/WiMAX backhaul, has secured $7.8 million in Series 3 financing. The funding round includes existing investors and Intel Capital. ( www.bridgewave.com )

Building B, a new television and Internet video on demand service, has raised $17.5 million in funding. The company will combine programming from existing basic and premium cable networks with video delivered from Internet content providers, delivered through new hardware inside a home. ( www.building-b.com )

ScanScout, a startup that provides technology to target video advertising, has received an investment from Time Warner. The amount of the investment was not disclosed. ( www.scanscout.com ) ( www.timewarner.com )

Xtendwave has received $10 million in private financing to develop a business to extend the reach of high-speed Internet signals on copper wire phone networks. ( www.xtendwave.com )


Other News

CableLabs has reached agreement with four Hollywood movie studios and the Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator to approve a technical specification, Digital Transmission Copy Protection over IP (DTCP-IP), that will encrypt digital cable content to run over in-home IP networks. Cable-ready devices will be able to distribute cable TV programming, including pay-per-view and video-on-demand. ( www.cablelabs.com ) ( www.dtcp.com )

DirecTV reached agreement with Current Group, a BPL vendor, to offer Current’s Internet access and VoIP services to DirecTV’s subscribers in Current’s coverage area which now consists of approximately two million homes. Current investors include Google, EarthLink, Goldman Sachs, and Hearst. DirecTV is also using powerline-based in-home distribution. ( www.directv.com ) ( www.currentgroup.com )

The Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) and the Fixed Mobile Convergence Alliance (FMCA) entered a formal cooperation agreement for widespread availability of fully interoperable home gateways, access points and devices. HGI’s Release 2.0 and the FMCA’s Product Requirements Definition, PRD Release 3.0, are the basis for this work. ( www.homegatewayinitiative.org ) ( www.thefmca.com )

MTV Networks and RealNetworks announced a digital music joint venture. MTV will merge its Urge music service into the Rhapsody offering from RealNetworks Inc., forming a new company called Rhapsody America. Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music will become the mobile platform for the integrated Rhapsody service. ( www.mtv.com ) ( www.realnetworks.com ) ( www.verizonwireless.com )

South Korea's SK Telecom is becoming the second-largest China Unicom shareholder, by swapping convertible bonds worth one billion dollars for full shares. ( www.sktelecom.com/eng ) ( www.chinaunicom.com.hk )

Sprint Nextel has dropped out of SpectrumCo, the wireless spectrum bidding consortium composed of Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and Bright House Networks. Sprint had earlier provided notification of its intent to do so. ( www.sprintnextel.com )

Sprint announced that its WiMAX services will be branded with the name Xohm. It also indicated that these services will be rolled out first in the Chicago and Baltimore/Washington markets. Commercial service is anticipated in 1H2008. The service is expected to generate $2.5 billion in revenue by 2010, at which time it will cover 125 million people, not including their partner Clearwire's coverage area. ( www.sprintnextel.com )

Tzero Technologies, an ultra wideband (UWB) technology provider, announced that its ZeroWire technology has been approved for use with content protected by HDCP. The technology is available in products for both wireless and coax solutions as an HDMI cable replacement. ( www.tzero.com )

Countries

France

France Telecom grew its IPTV subscriber base from 577,000 to 837,000 during the first half of 2007. ( www.francetelecom.com )

Israel

Israel has canceled its planned auction of fixed wireless broadband spectrum. The rules, particularly one stipulating that no cellular company with greater than 25 percent of the country's market share would be allowed to bid, were a source of political controversy. The rule potentially prevented the country's three largest mobile operators from bidding.

Japan

Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has announced that it will accept applications between September 12 and October 12 for new licenses to use the 2.5-gigahertz bandwidth for next-generation wireless data communications services. ( www.soumu.go.jp/english/ )

UK

Urban Wimax announced a partnership with Nortel to build and trial a user-ready mobile WiMAX service prior to Ofcom's 2.5/2.69GHz WiMAX spectrum auction in early 2008. ( www.urbanwimax.co.uk ) ( www.nortel.com )

US

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded IBM a $120 million contract to provide services for DTV converter box deployment. NTIA has $1.5 billion for distributing $40 coupons for consumers to buy DTV converter boxes needed to receive over-the-air DTV signals after analog broadcasts cease on February 17, 2009. ( www.ntia.doc.gov ) ( www.ibm.com )