Covad, Liberate Show New DSL Products


Digital subscriber line made two strides forward Wednesday with announcements
of new competitive products.

First, Covad Communications Co. announced a new $39.95-per-month service that
it claims is the lowest sustained DSL offering on the market. To kick off the
'TeleSurfer Link' service, Covad will offer it for $21.95 for the first four
months, then $39.95 monthly thereafter, with a free installation kit and free
modem after rebate.

The connection offers up to 200 kilobits per second downstream and up to 64
kbps upstream. The new service can be activated within about 10 days of
ordering, and there is a 30-day money-back guarantee, according to Covad.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based DSL provider is the sole survivor among
national competitive DSL providers.

Elsewhere, interactive-TV provider Liberate Technologies and Samsung
Electronics America Inc. pulled the wraps off a new DSL-based digital set-top
box able to deliver MPEG (Moving Picture Expert Group) video over Internet
protocol for interactive video programs and content.

Armed with the Liberate 'TV Navigator4.0' software, the
'SMT-F240' box runs on a Linux operating system and supports MPEG-2 video,
although it can be upgraded to support MPEG-4. Applications range from
video-on-demand to a music jukebox and interactive games.

No list price was released, but Samsung plans to roll the box out worldwide
later this year.