CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. @Home Network has acquired Full Force Systems, a set-top box application maker. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. @Home wants to employ the company's Local.TV product, a Java-based application, to provide localized content for its cable partners. @Home hopes to make its service available via set-top boxes on televisions by late 1999, a spokesman said. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.
CNET también está disponible en español, Don't show this again, As previously reported, thecompany, which already has agreements with 18 of the top cable companiesincluding TCI, Cox, and Comcast, is hoping to attract theinterest of smaller cable operators, those with less than 50,000subscribers, Small- and medium-size cable operators reach about 15 millioncustomers, Executives are pitching the new venture to smaller cable operators at thisweek's Western Show, a cable industry trade show sponsored by theCalifornia Cable Television Association, iphone screen protector free and expect to announce the firstcable partners during the first quarter of 1999, @Home hopes to deploy itshigh-speed Net-over-cable service through @Home Solutions partners bymid-1999..
Cable operators' equity stake in the new venture will be tied, in part, tothe number of homes passed and subscribers each company brings to the table. The new partnership will allow small cable operators to pool their limitedresources to offer cable modems, @Home's high-speed data services, andcentralized customer service and billing, in exchange for exclusive accessto market the service to the cable companies' customers. "In some of these small markets there's a tremendous need to have new mediasources," said Dean Gilbert, @Home's senior vice president and generalmanager, at a press briefing.
Gilbert said a consortium of smaller multiple system operators (MSOs) willact together like one big cable company, "It's not a lack of capability [to provide high-end data services], It'sabout lack of scale and financial wherewithal," he said, The venture allows @Home to expand its name recognition and brand throughregional marketing efforts, rather than its current iphone screen protector free metropolitan-basedmarketing plan, The deal will also allow technology partners, such as cable modem makersand set-top box manufacturers, to sell their products to a new audience ofconsumers and businesses in smaller cities and rural areas..
@Home also has signed deals withDell and Compaq to provide cable modem-ready PCsnext year. Last quarter the company had 210,000 subscribers and most analysts expect@Home to top 300,000 users by the end of the year. Meanwhile, many analystsare projecting cable modem use to expand next year with recent projectionsshowing about 500,000 cable modem users in North America. The company creates a venture to offer its high-speed Internet access service to small and medium-sized cable operators, in a move to boost its subscriber base.
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