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Sixty information services in the television, print, and Web media join @Home in its quest to provide high-speed Internet access through cable systems.

Sixty information services in the television, print, and Web media today joined @Home in its quest to provide high-speed Internet access through cable systems.

The content providers announced today include CUC International (Shoppers Advantage), Discovery Channel Online, E! Online, SportsLine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, ZD Net, and CNET: The Computer Network. These companies will help @Home offer a wide range of new cable Internet services, allowing customers to bank, videoconference, check stocks, receive sports scores, and go shopping online.

It is another step toward providing what @Home has been promising for more than a year but not yet delivered. A ballyhooed roll-out planned for this spring was postponed for this fall.

@Home faces competition from the telephone companies and other Internet service providers. The company has been testing its cable-modem service in Fremont and Sunnyvale, California, spokeswoman Amy Bonetti stated. It plans to launch its first full-scale service in Fremont this fall, Bonetti added. @Home expects to roll out its first service shortly after Labor Day.

Customers will use cable modems to get Internet connections through systems used for cable TV transmissions, which will send the data to their home PCs. Customers will be charged $30 to $40 per month on top of their normal cable bill for @Home's proprietary service, Bonetti said.

Three cable partners, Tele-Communications Incorporated, Comcast, and Cox Communications will be offering the service to their cable customers. In addition to Fremont, service is slated for Arlington Heights, Illinois; Hartford, Connecticut; Orange County, California, and Baltimore.

The relationships announced today are part of @Home's newly formed Media Development Group, and the company will continue to add partners.

"The Media Development Program is a great opportunity to work closely with leading Internet content providers to create new and compelling applications that take full advantage of our high-speed network," @Home president and CEO Tom Jermoluk said in a statement.

Program participants develop customized applications for @Home using the company's technologies. In return for their participation, they receive "significant promotion" in the service.

Home Media Development Program Participants
Addicted to Noise Microplacement
Agents Inc. The Motley Fool
American Cybercast MovieFone
BigBook New Archetype Publishing
Books that Work NetNoir
CNET NetRadio
CUC International Novo Media
Curbside Networks Omniview
Cybersource Pop Rocket
Discovery Online Preview Media
Digital Planet Quote.com
Digital Sight & Sound Redbook Florist Services
E!Online Red Herring
Four11 Corporation SiteSpecific Inc.
GolfWeb Smart Wired
Hollywood Online SportsLine
HotWired TEN
Infonautics The Attitude Network
Interactive Creations The New York Times
Interzine Productions The Palace
Internet College Exchange The Wall Street Journal
Internet Shopping Network The Weather Channel
Intouch Group United Press Syndicate
IUMA USA Today
ivillage Vantage Research
Knight-Ridder Inc. Virtual Vineyards
Launch WeatherLabs
MB Interactive World Wide Waiter
Mercury Mail ZD Net
MB Interactive Zentropy Interactive