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TW Cable defends net delay

Time Warner Cable was either “daring or foolish” when it put an official launch date on its recently delayed full-service-network project in Orlando, Fla., according to James Chiddix, the cabler’s senior VP of engineering and technology.

In an address at the National Assn. of Broadcasters convention here, Chiddix said the network — which is supposed to offer customers an assortment of goodies, such as movies on demand, home shopping and access to libraries — would probably launch later in the year.

Chiddix did not detail what caused the delay of the much-hyped test except to say it is simply a matter of “bringing all the pieces together.” The delay is so recent that Time Warner did not have time to change its promo film on the Orlando project; it still promises an April delivery.

Chiddix chided the press for going overboard on its coverage of the so-called information superhighway. The term is now passe, Chiddix said, adding that he is tired of the impatience over the phenomenon.

“We have a much more patient view; we have been working on this since 1986 and we have many years’ work left to do.”

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