* Zoomy earns Fiber-Connected Home badge
Zoomy Communications is the second service provider, after Verizon, to earn the right to display the Fiber-Connected Home certification badge from the FTTH Council. Zoomy has deployed fiber or has under contract more than 40,000 homes in more than 40 real estate developments and municipalities in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, and Montana.
* Openwave completes acquisition of SoloMio
Openwave Systems wrapped up its cash acquisition of SoloMio Corp., a provider of integrated subscriber call management services. Openwave picks up SoloMio’s Smart Call platform and services, extending Openwave’s Adaptive Messaging suite of products and services with real-time messaging functionality.
* 2Wire picks new president/CEO
2Wire has named one of its co-founders, Pasquale “Pat” Romano, president and chief executive officer. He succeeds Brian Hinman, the other company co-founder, who will remain on 2Wire’s board of directors. Romano had been vice president and general manager of 2Wire’s gateway business unit. Prior to co-founding 2Wire, Romano held several engineering and marketing director-level positions at Polycom Inc.
* RGB racks up customers in Latin America
RGB Networks has deployed its Simulcast Edge Processor (SEP) with three Latin American operators: Columbus Communications Trinidad in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad; Megacable in Guadalajara, Mexico; and VTR in Santiago, Chile. All three are using RGB’s SEP to simulcast digital and analog video, in anticipation of an eventual transition to all-digital, thus streamlining decoding, modulation and the upconversion process at the edge of the network.
* Registration open for SCTE Emerging Tech Conference
Registration is now open for SCTE’s Conference on Emerging Technologies 2007, to be held in Houston, Texas, January 23-25.
* Shiftier and Shiftier: Expanding Choice from Whenever to Wherever and Whatever Device
* Service Velocity & Next Generation Architectures: How Do We Get There?
* My Videos, Your Videos, Our Videos: The Future of TV Services is Personal, Customizable, and Shareable
* Forward Advertising to the Lean-Back Screen: Opportunities to Replicate Internet Advertising Success in Television
* Look Ma, No Wires! Cable and Wireless Integration for Seamless Application Delivery
* Crossing the Lines: Service Assurance in a Seamless, Inter-Woven World.
* Turner Media Group drops the “Turner”
Turner Media Group – named after Gary, not Ted – is changing its name to The Media Group (TMG). The company explained that “The Media Group is a simple phrase that connotes completeness in providing all aspects of branded entertainment programming and advertising, whether it comes in the form of direct response TV, interactive TV, or transactional TV.”
* Correction: Make that ‘millions,’ not ‘billions’
The lead-in column for this week’s xOD Capsule mistakenly referenced a revenue forecast from In-Stat related to user-generated content. Correctly, In-Stat predicted that user-generated revenues will exceed $850 million (not $850 billion) by 2010. A corrected version has been posted.