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The September 30, 2008 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

Jay Bradbury has become Director of Wireless Regulatory Operations Support at Cox Communications. He was previously with Duke Power. ( www.cox.com )

John Callahan has joined ActiveVideo Networks as Chief Technology Officer. Callahan was previously with Time Warner Cable where he became an expert on interactive applications. ActiveVideo Networks also added two other senior executives, Jason Harvey as VP and GM of Programming Strategy and Operations and Edgar Villalpando, as Senior VP of Marketing. Harvey was previously focused on new media in Latin America with Google; Villalpando has held executive positions with HBO and DIRECTV, and was most recently at THUMP.( www.avnetworks.com )

Robert F Cruickshank III has been named VP Customer Service Operations Center at Cablevision Systems. Bob was previously VP Ops & Business at ARRIS Group. ( www.cablevision.com )

Brian Deutsch has joined Aperto Networks as President and CEO. He was previously at BSQUARE. ( www.apertonet.com )

Kurt Jonckheer is now Senior Product Manager EMEA at 2Wire and liaison with Alcatel-Lucent. ( www.2wire.com )

Arthur Orduna has joined Canoe Ventures as CTO. Previously he was with Advance/Newhouse.

Ilan Shamir has joined BitTorrent as VP of engineering. He was previously with Check Point Software Technologies. ( www.bittorrent.com )


Company News

Acquisitions

Best Buy has agreed to buy Napster for an estimated US$121 million. The cash deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter. ( www.bestbuy.com ) ( www.napster.com )

BitTorrent has raised $17 million in a third round of funding. ( www.bittorrent.com )

Broadcom is purchasing the digital-TV business from AMD, in a deal valued at $192.8 million. ( www.broadcom.com ) ( www.amd.com )

Cisco is purchasing Pure Networks, a developer of home networking management software and tools, for about $120 million. ( www.cisco.com ) ( www.purenetworks.com )

Iliad, the French broadband service provider which runs the Free IPTV service, is buying Telecom Italia's Alice France unit for approximately EUR775 Million. ( www.iliad.fr ) ( www.aliceadsl.fr )

Scopus Video Networks is acquiring the digital video and streaming business assets of Optibase in a stock-based buyout. Optibase will own about 46 percent of Scopus' outstanding ordinary shares. ( www.scopus.net ) ( www.optibase.com )

The Platform, Comcast's media management and publishing arm, has acquired assets from Chirp Interactive, a social media applications provider. Financial terms were not disclosed. ( www.theplatform.com )

Funding

Aicent, a wireless roaming technology company, has received $3 million in funding from Intel Capital. ( www.aicent.net )

Altair Semiconductor has raised $22 million for cell phone WiMax and other 4G processors. ( altair-semi.com )

Conviva, an interactive video over the Internet start-up, has raised $20 million in a second round of funding. ( www.conviva.com )

DigiMeld, provider of a technology for making high-definition videos play more smoothly over the web, has received $2 Million in a first round of funding. ( www.digimeld.com )

Entone, an IPTV home connectivity solutions provider, has raised $14.5 million in their Series B round. ( www.entone.com )

Envivio, a provider of IP video convergence encoding solutions from mobile to HD, has closed $25 million in new venture capital funding. ( www.envivio.com )

Miniweb, an interactive service provider that is enabling targeted, web-style advertising and interactivity on TV, has announced US$32 million of venture capital investment.( www.miniweb.tv )

Move Networks, a provider of Internet video streaming services, has received a strategic investment from Microsoft. Previous participants in company funding include Cisco, Comcast Interactive Capital and Televisa. ( www.movenetworks.com )

RadioFrame Networks (RFN) received an additional $28 million in equity and debt financing. The company's second generation OmniRadio processor will support femtocells for both LTE and WiMAX networks. ( www.radioframenetworks.com )

Soma Networks, a mobile WiMAX provider, has closed a $51 million Series E round from several new and returning backers. ( somanetworks.com )

Verimatrix closed its Series C round of funding, totaling over $20 million. ( www.verimatrix.com )

WildBlue Communications, a provider of high-speed Internet over satellite, has completed a $50 million equity financing. Participants include Liberty Media, Intelsat, and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC). ( www.wildblue.com )


Other News

ADB showed its 4820C set-back box at IBC. The unit is designed to operate with flat panel TVs and can be operated with the TV’s remote control. ( www.adbholdings.com )

AT&T introduced AT&T HomeManager for integrating and managing IP services. It consists of 3 pieces: Frame, Handset, and Base. The Frame is a portable, seven-inch color touch screen phone combining Internet access, home phone service, visual voice mail, e-mail access and more. The Base connects the Frame and Handset to the residential gateway. ( www.att.com )

AT&T has announced that it will be dropping Dish as its satellite TV partner and adopting DirecTV instead. After Jan. 31, 2009 AT&T will offer DirecTV satellite TV in markets where they do not offer their own U-verse video service. ( www.att.com ) ( www.dishnetwork.com ) ( www.directv.com )

Broadcom announced a new digital-to-analog system-on-a-chip (SoC) which enables cable set-top box OEMs to provide affordable devices for transitioning analog cable customers to digital broadcasting. The chip is being used in Comcast's DTA converter boxes. ( www.broadcom.com )

Comcast launched its Fancast Store, which offers downloads of TV shows and movies for rent or purchase. It is a complement to their free, ad-supported content. ( www.comcast.com ) ( store.fancast.com )

Cox Communications launched Media Store and Share, a media back up, restoral and sharing service based on the Casero Personal Media Suite, in select markets. ( www.cox.com ) ( www.casero.com )

Intel announced its x86-based chip and a software framework, developed with Yahoo!, for delivering Internet services on a TV via software widgets. Comcast, Motorola and others have agreed to participate in defining the software environment for the so-called Widget Channel. ( www.intel.com ) ( www.yahoo.com ) ( www.comcast.com ) ( www.motorola.com )

The HomePNA Alliance announced that more leading North American telcos are deploying its technology and that HomePNA was installed in more North American homes in the last quarter than any other coax home networking solution. The Alliance also announced that TELUS has chosen HomePNA 3.1 technology for its TELUS TV service. ( www.homepna.org )

Microsoft introduced the Mediaroom Advertising Platform, an integrated platform aimed at IPTV service providers. ( www.microsoft.com )

Motorola unveiled its first WiMAX USB adapter, the USBw 100. It is available in three versions to connect to WiMAX networks approved for use around the world -- 2.3, 2.5 and 3.5 GHz. It is expected to be available later this year. ( www.motorola.com )

TiVo and DirecTV announced that they will jointly develop and launch a TiVo-powered HD DVR. DirecTV had abandoned TiVo-made set-top boxes in 2005 in favor of its own DVRs. ( www.tivo.com ) ( www.directv.com )


Standards and Consortia

The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), a consortium of media companies including Sony, Toshiba, Microsoft and Cisco, announced plans to create a digital-standards framework so people can store their digital content virtually and retrieve it anywhere.

The Femto Forum has adopted the Broadband Forum's TR-069 CPE wide area network management protocol for remote management. TR-069 has been deployed in approximately 30 million devices, and will now be the de facto standard for femtocells as well as for DSL gateways. ( www.femtoforum.org ) ( www.broadband-forum.org )