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Product SVP Departs BigBand

A big change over at BigBand Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: BBND) heads up today's cable news roundup.

  • BigBand has "terminated" Paul Crann from his position as SVP, product line management, the company revealed Monday in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing. No reason was cited, but Crann will help transition his responsibilities to another person through Sept. 30. His package includes a severance payment of $125,000, a one-year non-compete clause and an agreement to "refrain from making disparaging remarks." Crann discussed BigBand's plans for Converged Multiservice Access Platform (CMAP) (now called Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP)) with Light Reading Cable last fall. (See BigBand Plots Plans for Comcast's CMAP and BigBand's Material World .)

    Update: An industry source familiar with Crann's situation says Crann wasn't fired, as the harshness of the language in the 8-K might suggest, but had decided to leave the company, which brought on the resulting "Transition Services Agreement." We've asked BigBand for an update on Crann's replacement.

  • Concurrent Computer Corp. (Nasdaq: CCUR) is using Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s 3G60 cable modem termination system (CMTS) card to rev its 1.5Gbit/s Docsis 3.0 speed test in East London. The blade, launched by Cisco in late 2009, snaps into its flagship CMTS, the uBR10012. (See Virgin Widens 100-Meg Footprint, Tests 1.5-Gig .)

  • Concurrent Computer Corp. (Nasdaq: CCUR) has picked Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: HILL) as its supplier for off-the-shelf storage gear. Under the OEM deal, Concurrent will match its MediaHawk VX video streaming software with Dot Hill's 3720 RAID platform.

  • Turner Broadcasting is kicking off a new ad campaign to help viewers learn about the concept of TV Everywhere and explain how Turner shows can be accessed online. The ads, which feature Conan O'Brien and other Turner talent, will start running today on TNT and TBS. (See Comcast, Turner Ink TV Everywhere Deal.)

  • TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) has selected tuners from MaxLinear Corp. to drive the company's whole-home DVR products for MSOs and retailers, including the Premiere Q, Preview and new $500 Premiere Elite. (See TiVo Tunes Up Multi-Room DVRs for Cable and Bells, Whistles … and CableCARDs .)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:54:11 PM
    re: Product SVP Departs BigBand

    BigBand did clarify that Crann indeed decided to leave the company. "The 8-K was factually correct; it was imprecise in how we characterized the relationship.  Paul resigned from BigBand," a company official said. 


    The official also confirmed that Crann's duties  (product marketing and product management) will be transferred to SVP of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning Rajive Dhar, who joined BBND from Arris in 2009. BBND is also consolidating the Office of the CTO and marketing under Dhar.  JB




    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:54:10 PM
    re: Product SVP Departs BigBand

    And autocorrect may just be the beginning of the end.  A pal passed along this little ditty about a startup called Narrative Science that "combines computer science and journalism."   JB



    Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:54:10 PM
    re: Product SVP Departs BigBand

    I guess I can believe that "terminated" was an honest slip-up, but it's a bizarre one. Maybe they can blame autocorrect.

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