SBC & 2Wire Form Home Entertainment Venture

SBC & 2Wire Form Home Entertainment Venture

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

January 4, 2005

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SBC & 2Wire Form Home Entertainment Venture

SBC Communications and 2Wire Inc. kicked off the new year Monday by unveiling a home entertainment service that will combine satellite TV, digital video recording (DVR), video-on-demand (VOD), Internet content, digital photo-sharing, music on-demand and caller ID. SBC said the planned service, separate from its proposed IPTV service with Microsoft over fiber lines, will roll out mid-year to both SBC Dish Network and SBC Yahoo DSL subscribers. 2Wire, a maker of home networking gear, will supply its MediaPortal technology for the new SBC digital set-top box. Ed Cholerton, vice president of SBC DSL, will head the new SBC Media Solutions venture as CEO. Brian Hinman, CEO of 2Wire, will be president of the new compan y.

About the Author(s)

Alan Breznick

Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.

As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.

Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.

He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.

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