Time Warner Cable gained 18,000 basic video subscribers over the past quarter and saw a 17 percent ($27 million) growth in enhanced digital video services revenues. As readers here know, Time Warner is pursuing a very aggressive digital video strategy. (See lead story, and following item.) Broadbus, TWC Make Local News Time Warner Cable and Broadbus announced this week that San Antonio and surrounding communities will have access to a local affiliate’s news content using new video-on-demand technology (VOD). By using Broadbus’s VOD technology, Time Warner Cable San Antonio will launch News 4 WOAI On Demand, Digital Channel 989, which will provide original WOAI-TV news programming on the division’s Free On Demand channel lineup.  News 4 WOAI On Demand will allow customers to watch all WOAI-TV newscasts and other programming at their convenience. Time Warner Cable will encode the programs in real time and they typically will be published and available for on-demand viewing within about 5 minutes after the end of the broadcast. This project is the first within Time Warner Cable nationally. RadioShack, Comcast Team Up RadioShack and Comcast Corp. signed retail agreements allowing RadioShack to sell Comcast’s broadband and video services in more than 1,800 RadioShack stores. With the new agreement Comcast’s products will now be available in nearly 5,000 retail locations nationwide. Philips Unveils New Family of Audio/Video Decoders Royal Philips Electronics rolled out a new family of audio/video decoders that it says will significantly enhance the consumer experience of the digital home. By integrating multi-standard stereo and a seamless interface with advanced silicon tuner solutions into the new SAA7136 and SAA7137 decoder family, Philips is aiming to improve features such as high-fidelity stereo and 480p/576p component video capture, in wireless TV, media gateways, digital media adapters and other emerging applications. The new family builds on Philips’ first generation A/V decoders by incorporating a variety of advanced features, including 10-bit analog-to-digital conversion and 1080i/720p downscaling. Combined with a Philips Silicon Tuner, the new decoders offer a complete front-end solution – from RF to baseband – with just two integrated circuits. The new SAA7136 and the SAA7137 are supported by Philips’ MACH-III (Mini-module Advanced Carrier Hardware) Evaluation System.

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